Lich and voters like her are watching with despair as more and more Republican politicians edge toward a bipartisan plan that includes a pathway to citizenship for many of the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants in the U.S. “If the GOP agrees on this amnesty, they’re selling out their core values,” Lich said. “They’d lose us. They’d lose the votes of people who support them, and they’re not going to gain a lot of votes.”…

“I don’t know how you can even quantify the loss of enthusiasm,” said former Republican Rep. Tom Tancredo of Colorado, a longtime thorn in party elders’ sides for his aggressive stance on illegal immigration. “You’re not going to knock on any doors, make any phone calls or give any money.”

Other Republicans dismiss that worry. “Where else are they going to go?” asked Sig Rogich, a veteran Las Vegas-based Republican operative who has long pushed for a more immigrant-friendly GOP. “They’ll get over it.”…

“The economy’s terrible, people are struggling and hurting. It’s hard to go out and do what we were doing, at the same level, before,” said Michelle Dallacroce, an Arizona-based activist who had to take down the website for her group, Mothers Against Illegal Amnesty, because donations dried up. “We’re losing. We don’t have a voice anymore.”