The Republican National Committee will formally endorse immigration reform on Monday and outline plans for a $10 million outreach to minority groups — gay voters among them — as part of a multi-step roadmap designed to make the GOP more "welcoming and inclusive" for voters who overwhelmingly supported Democrats in 2012.
"We must embrace and champion comprehensive immigration reform," says one recommendation in the 100-page report obtained by The Associated Press before its official release. "If we do not, our party's appeal will continue to shrink."
The endorsement is among dozens of recommendations crafted by party leaders following a months-long self-examination prompted by last year's painful election losses. The report also calls on Republicans to take a harder line with corporate America, loosen political fundraising laws in Washington and in state capitals, and cut in half the number of candidate debates in a shortened 2016 presidential primary calendar.
"When Republicans lost in November, it was a wakeup call," Priebus says in prepared remarks to be delivered Monday at the National Press Club.
The Republican National Committee's shift on minority outreach may be the most visible change in the coming months.
Priebus plans to dispatch hundreds of paid workers into Hispanic, black, and Asian communities across the nation by the end of the summer, a $10 million effort meant to rival President Barack Obama's national political machine.
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The RNC will also push for a tone of "tolerance and respect" in the immigration debate, create "senior level advisory councils" focused on minority groups, and establish "swearing in citizenship teams" to connect with new voters immediately after swearing-in ceremonies.