While many Republicans nationwide reject immigration reform, republicans in California –in districts with a large Latino population– are going against the party by supporting immigration reform.
“We’re finally breaking out of denial,” said Allan Hoffenblum, a longtime Republican consultant in state politics. “Until we solve our Latino problem, we’re not going to be a viable state party, and it’s hard to understand how that’s possible without fixing immigration.”
Mr. Valadao, the son of Portuguese immigrants, is one of a few Republicans in the state offering full-throated support for sweeping changes to the country’s immigration laws. Representatives Jeff Denham and Devin Nunes, whose districts include northern stretches of the state’s agricultural center, have said they would support some kind of legalization process for the nation’s roughly 11 million illegal immigrants, the most divisive issue in the debate.