Immigration reform advocates are focused primarily on securing a path to citizenship for the more than 11 million immigrants living here illegally. They won such a provision in a sweeping bill that passed the U.S. Senate in July, but they are having a harder time in the House.
That is why during Congress’ summer recess the push has been on to win over members of the Republican caucus, which has been split on this issue. In Florida, advocates have claimed one surprising victory. U.S. Rep. Daniel Webster, R-Winter Garden, announced this month that he would support a path to citizenship under certain conditions. It was a vague declaration of support, but it was nonetheless significant. Rep. Webster, a former speaker of the Florida House, is the type of traditional-values conservative likely to be skeptical of immigration reform. But his new district has a significant Latino population – roughly 20 percent.
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