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Band of Republicans pushes immigration in US House

September 8, 2013
Associated Press

GROVELAND, Fla. (AP) — Congressman Daniel Webster of Florida is among about two dozen members of the U.S. House who support an eventual path to citizenship for the millions of people who are in the country illegally.

These Republicans are facing the daunting challenge of trying to persuade colleagues to follow them.

Most Republicans oppose a path to citizenship, and there's little political incentive for them to change their minds.

Only 24 of 233 Republicans represent districts where more than one-quarter of their constituents are Hispanic.

Even so, some in the Republican Party argue that its future hinges on whether the House finds a way to embrace an immigration overhaul. That's a crucial issue for the country's fast-growing bloc of Hispanic voters.



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