Band of House Republicans Push CIR

Band of House Republicans Push CIR

"Webster is among about two dozen GOP lawmakers who support an eventual path to citizenship for millions of people who are living in the U.S. illegally.  These Republicans are facing the daunting challenge of trying to persuade colleagues to follow them.  Most Republicans oppose this approach on citizenship, and there is 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, which is a crucial issue for the country’s fast-growing bloc of Hispanic voters.  Supporters of a path to citizenship point to demographic changes and business backing that have helped sway Webster, who for years opposed immigrant-rights legislation, as potential motives for wavering lawmakers to sign on." - Associated Press, Sept. 9, 2013.