Mike Coffman

“I cannot think of a time when I’ve heard more hateful rhetoric. Right now, this election is about whether we’re going to a path of love and respect, or hate,” said Carroll, the Democratic candidate in Aurora’s 6th Congressional District. “Please know how powerful your vote is. Your vote is so powerful. People are afraid of your vote.”

For Republicans grappling with immigration in 2013, opposing the Senate’s Gang of Eight plan was more than just splitting hairs on the particulars of a bill – or advocating a “slower” approach, as the Post characterized it. Rather it was a decision that doomed reform in an attempt to appease anti-immigrant hardliners in the conservative base.