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Pollster Warns GOP: Citizenship Pathway Essential For Latino Voters

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Benenson's comments come as both Republicans and Democrats are quietly signaling an openness to some kind of compromise on immigration reform. House Republicans, who had previously been a major obstacle in Congress for passing immigration reform, plan on introducing a new immigration proposal soon.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the new proposal will include a provision allowing most of the roughly 11 million immigrants living in the country illegally or who have been in the country with expired visas to stay without having to worry about deportation. That proposal, however, would not include a pathway to citizenship.

"What I'm signaling is that I don't believe that bill will address their problem with Latino voters and I don't believe it'll address their problem with a lot of centrist voters also who find the idea of two classes of citizens in America problematic," Benenson added.

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