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California Republicans Split Over Immigration Reform As Party Reaches Out To Latino Voters

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus, at podium, speaks to reporters after holding private talks with Latino
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus, at podium, speaks to reporters after holding private talks with Latino and other community leaders at Tamayo restaurant in East Los Angeles Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013. With him, from left rear, are Glenn McCall, growth and opportunity chairman; Hector Barreto, former administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration; and Ruben Barrales, former director of the office of Intergovernmental affairs. Priebus' Los Angeles stop is one in a multi-city series of meetings with Latinos, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders to analyze the GOP's strengths and weaknesses in the 2012 election, and develop a plan to increase membership in the party. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

WASHINGTON — California's elected Republicans have long had a simple approach to illegal immigration: Those who broke the law coming here should leave.

But the confluence of politics and personal threat have now put many Republican legislators in Washington and Sacramento in a very different place: eager to embrace an overhaul of immigration laws and willing to consider legal status for some of the country's nearly 12 million illegal immigrants, 3 million of whom live in California.

In Sacramento and Washington, party orthodoxy is being defied. At least six GOP legislators in Sacramento have aligned themselves with Democrats to support a path to citizenship for those in the country illegally.

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