Are Republicans Changing Stance on Immigration Reform to Woo Latino Vote?

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Congressional Republicans and Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign are working to fashion proposals that could make up ground with Hispanic voters, concerned rhetoric on immigration from many in the party is turning away the increasingly powerful constituency.

Sen. Marco Rubio (R., Fla.) is developing a scaled-back version of the DREAM Act, which would allow people brought to the U.S. as children to gain legal status, but not citizenship, if they enroll in college or the military. Several Senate Republicans have signed on to bipartisan legislation aimed at broadening access to the legal immigrant visa system.

The Romney campaign is looking for new proposals that would show he backs legal immigration, trying to pivot from a primary campaign in which he has taken a tough line on assistance to those here illegally.

It’s unclear whether any of these initiatives will bear fruit, but there is an increasing sense among some in the party of the need to try.

Read more: http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/politics/2012/04/02/republicans-try-to-woo-latinos-with-new-immigration-proposals/#ixzz1quImaqhM

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