Still much to learn about Mr. Loughner, but if anti-immigration hate drove this disturbed young man to shoot 20 people, it should give pause to the extremists who have been wratcheting up the anti-Latino, anti-immigrant rhetoric over the last few years. Perhaps this tragedy will be viewed historically as a turning point where Americans began to come together to civilly address our immigration system and come up with a long term strategy that we can all live with.

UPDATE: The Washington Post is reporting that DHS is now denying it has information showing the link. The paper is speculating, however, that DHS officials may have informally told Fox News about the possible connection.