Mitt Romney, the frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination, welcomed an endorsement this week from immigration activist Kris Kobach.
Is this the best thing that could have happened to President Obama?
Kobach is a lawyer and radio talk show host who is affiliated with the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), a group favored by the Tea Party and the ultra-conservative wing of the party.
Kobach wrote the Arizona law that gives police the power to question and arrest suspected undocumented immigrants. He also helped write a similar law in Alabama that is the strictest in the nation.
Hispanic groups have no use for Kobach or his lawmaking. Somewhere between 12 million and 13 million Hispanics and Latinos are expected to be eligible to vote in November. They are especially influential in critical swing states such as Florida, Nevada and Colorado.
John McCain got 31% of the Hispanic vote in 2008 and President Obama 67%. Republicans are hoping to get at least 40% this time to unseat Obama.
But several Republican Hispanic groups have withdrawn their support for Romney after the Kobach endorsement. Dee Dee Garcia Blase of Somos Republicans said that by accepting the endorsement, "Romney committed political suicide."