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Central Valley Republicans want immigration reform despite speaker's promise

Central Valley Republicans want immigration reform despite speaker's promise

Two Central Valley Republicans say that newly selected House Speaker Paul Ryan’s decision not to focus on immigration reform while Barack Obama is president won’t stop them from trying.

Reps. Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) and David Valadao (R-Hanford) have been among the most outspoken members of their party pushing for comprehensive immigration overhaul.

“It’s time to have a full debate,” Denham said Friday.

But the speaker has pledged to hold off — an olive branch to members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, who have balked at his past support for measures to provide a path to citizenship and increase the number of foreign-worker...

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