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GOP slowly shifting away from immigration hardline

As Republicans try to court the ever-growing Hispanic demographic and make up for losses in 2012, opposition to immigration reform is slowly crumbling away. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., an early potential contender for president in 2016, was the latest on Tuesday to imply his openness to a pathway to citizenship, saying in a speech that if undocumented immigrants want to work in this country, “then we will find a place for you."

The New York Times reports:

[The] new political landscape in Washington contrasts sharply with just a few years ago, when most Republicans derided the idea of legalized status for illegal immigrants as a form of amnesty that would simply encourage more people to cross the border illegally.

The overall shift in sentiment means that four months after Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee, made “self-deportation” the party’s official position on immigration — and lost decisively to President Obama, especially among Hispanic voters — top party strategists and lawmakers of all ideological stripes are racing to change course.

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