House GOP Shrugs Off Pressure From Latinos

07/29/2013 09:47 am ET

When Democratic U.S. Rep. Ed Pastor tries to persuade Republican colleagues to back comprehensive immigration reform, he says the responses are predictable.

Many confide they’d like to support it, but given that a majority of GOP House members represent White districts, they lack a large Hispanic constituency clamoring for change. If they were to support reform, they fear, a primary challenger would use it as a club.

It’s a situation that supporters of immigration reform say they run into time and again.

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