Republicans scramble for the center on immigration

(AP) Republicans scramble for the center on immigration
By NICHOLAS RICCARDI
Associated Press
LITTLETON, Colo.
Many Republicans have softened their tone on immigration since November, after years of tacking right to appeal to grass-roots activists who dominate primaries.

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor is an example. He opposed the DREAM Act, which would have provided a path to citizenship for certain immigrants brought here as youths. But on Tuesday, the conservative leader backed that idea.

Here's the reason: Last fall, GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney won only 27 percent support from Hispanics and even less from Asians. An AP-GFK poll last month showed 62 percent of voters wanted to let otherwise law-abiding illegal immigrants eventually become citizens, up 12 percentage points from 2010.

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