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When Republicans go rogue: Immigration edition




Republican Rep. Jeff Denham attended the immigration rally at the National Mall last fall
Republican Rep. Jeff Denham attended the immigration rally at the National Mall last fall
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Every week, Take Two dives deep on California politics on State of Affairs. 

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The LA Times' Christina Bellantoni says the move isn't out of Denham's character, but it faces long odds. 

Here's the thing: it's not as if he's flip-flopping on this issue. This is something he has championed for a long time. He has been an advocate of a Dream Act for people who have served in the military who are undocumented. He has made clear that he is for comprehensive immigration reform. On this issue, he has consistently been on the more moderate side of his party, in part because his district has a huge immigrant population, in large part, because of agriculture. 

The issue here is that it's a procedural gambit that is hard to explain and impossible to prove. You're signing something; you're holding press conferences, you're calling on your party; nothing's going to happen. I mean, it just won't. It's not in Democrat's best interests to make sure this happens, and it's not in Speaker Ryan's best interests to make this happen. 

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