In July 2012, for example, Democratic Rep. Charles Rangel narrowly defeated a primary challenge from an ambitious Latino politician, New York state Senator Adriano Espaillat.
Rangel is one of the most senior Democratic politicians in the House.
On Jan. 28, Rangel announced he would push for a major immigration rewrite this year, and a conditional amnesty for illegal immigrants.
“As a proud representative of a congressional district that is home to a huge immigrant population, I have been a longtime advocate for immigration reform … I am committed to supporting the President as he pushes to make the American Dream a reality for everyone in America,” he said in a statement.
The attempted 2006 and 2007 rewrites were backed by Reps. John Conyers and Sheila Jackson-Lee.
Conyer’s district in Michigan includes a growing Muslim population, and Jackson-Lee’s Texas district includes many Hispanics.