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CA GOP official on the party's decision to soften its stance on immigration

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The California Republican Party voted this Sunday to soften its stance on immigration.
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The California Republican Party voted this Sunday to soften its stance on immigration.

The California Republican Party voted Sunday to soften its language about immigration, partly as a response to the harsh rhetoric from presidential candidates.

California Republicans held a party convention in Anaheim over the weekend to strategize about the future of the GOP in the Golden State.

Currently, there are no Republicans among statewide officeholders and the party is outnumbered by Democrats in both houses of the legislature.

For years, the GOP here has discussed ways to gain more support from Latino voters.

One possible solution, approved at the convention Sunday, involves the party's official stance on immigration.

Marcelino Valdez, vice chair of the California Republican Party for the Central Valley, proposed the changes. They include:

  • The addition of a statement that Republicans "hold diverse views" on "what to do with the millions of people who are currently here illegally." 
  • The removal of a statement that read, "allowing illegal immigrants to remain in California undermines respect for the law." 


To hear the full interview with Marcelino Valdez, click the link above.

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