Republicans add more Latino voters without running on immigration reform

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Republicans increased their share of the Latino vote this election cycle without running on comprehensive immigration reforms that would give legal status to undocumented immigrants.

Between 2016 and 2020, President Trump earned 4 additional percentage points more with black voters, the biggest share of the Latino vote of any GOP nominee since 2004, 5 percentage points more with Asian Americans, and the percentage of LGBT people voting for Trump doubled from 2016 to 2020, from 14% to 28%.

For nearly two decades, GOP conventional wisdom dictated the party needed an immigration reform plan to control the flow of immigration at the southern border through enforcement while allowing for unauthorized immigrants to apply for legal status to deliver workers into the U.S. labor market.

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