WASHINGTON — Ever heard of David Valadao? Exactly.
The soft-spoken freshman congressman may be little known outside his district in California’s Central Valley, even to many of his House Republican colleagues. But he is emerging as a leading voice in urging GOP leadership to schedule a vote this year on an overhaul of immigration legislation.
It’s no surprise that Valadao joined Democrats this week on a bill that would provide a path to citizenship to millions of immigrants in the country illegally. After all, he represents a district that is 71% Latino and relies on immigrants to pick crops.
"We’ve got to do...