"The fact that part of it is allowed to go forward will I think mobilize a lot of Latino officials and I think it will breathe new life into an issue that has subsided from public consciousness," he says. "It may also help to fire up some of Romney's base."
Jennifer Korn, executive director of the Hispanic Leadership Network and former director of Hispanic and Women's Affairs for President George W. Bush, says the bottom line is that the next president will have to address comprehensive immigration reform.
"We really see Arizona's law as a direct result of the federal government's failure to achieve immigration reform, that's the crux of this," she says. "Both sides are able to claim victory and unfortunately either way it doesn't fix what is truly broken which is that our federal government needs to address immigration reform."
Korn says Obama has been too partisan in his approach to the issue and has been encouraged by Romney's recent willingness to address reform, although she says she hopes to see more details from his campaign.
"I see [Romney] and the campaign talking about it more and that's a good thing and I think he will have to continue that because the Hispanic community and the rest of voters want to know what we are going to do to fix this immigration problem," Korn says. "Democrats and Republicans have to come together to fix this problem because it's only going to get worse."
Rebekah Metzler is a political writer for U.S. News & World Report. You can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow her on Twitter.