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Lou Barletta

Are Republicans ready to try again on immigration reform?

A year ago, congressional Republicans meeting at a private retreat revolted over their leaders’ ideas for immigration reform.

This year, they're ready to try again.

Republicans wrapped up their meeting at this chocolate-rich company town with rank-and-file lawmakers expressing renewed interest in tackling what many consider a broken immigration system.

What's changed between last year and this?

Republicans acknowledge "we have not handled the issue well," said California Rep. Jeff Denham (R-Turlock), who is among those nudging his party to get beyond harsh rhetoric that can be perceived as anti-immigrant.

"It will be important before...