Politically, the time is also right. Republicans saw Hispanic voters' strong support for Democrats, including President Barack Obama, in November's elections as a warning sign. According to the Pew Research Center, Latinos made up about 10 percent of the electorate in 2012 — a record — but thanks to population growth and age dynamics, their share of the electorate could double within a generation. Unless Hispanics' preferences change, that dynamic could quickly make Florida more safely Democratic in presidential elections, Arizona could become a swing state, and even the Republican hold on Texas could eventually be at risk. Some Republican strategists have worried, not without reason, that continued harsh anti-immigrant rhetoric could ultimately sink the GOP as a national party. By the same token, Democrats recognize that they cannot afford to let slip the opportunity for reform and a path to citizenship.