As some prominent Republicans change their position on immigration, look no further than tweaks to Rep. Paul Ryan's website for examples of the evolving stance.
While the House Budget Committee chairman's congressional site previously displayed clear opposition to the DREAM Act, it now states that immigration reform must include "finding a way forward" for children brought to the country illegally.
Given the recent climate on immigration reform in Washington, the change isn't all that surprising. Since the November election, when Mitt Romney won only 27% of the Latino voting bloc, the Republican Party has largely sounded more supportive of lighter immigration policies for the 11 million undocumented immigrants currently residing in the U.S.
And CNN reported last month that Ryan, himself, was supporting a bipartisan effort in the House on immigration reform and encouraging fellow members to move forward with major immigration reform legislation this year.
Ryan, the 2012 Republican vice presidential nominee, also applauded the president's tone on immigration during his State of the Union address earlier this month. He told CNN's Jake Tapper that Obama's language in the speech was "productive."
The DREAM Act, which establishes a pathway to citizenship for young, undocumented immigrants pursuing education or military opportunities, has gone through multiple versions of legislation throughout the last decade but has failed to pass Congress.
The Wisconsin Republican voted against a version of the DREAM Act in the House in 2010, and his selection as Romney's running mate was widely seen as a choice that wouldn't particularly help Romney gain support in the Latino base.
The congressman, according to his old text on his website, opposed the DREAM Act because it was "a symptom-rather than the root cause-of our current problems." Ryan argued that the U.S. must first secure the border and build an enforceable guest worker program before pursuing such "piecemeal reforms like the DREAM Act."
However, that specific language is gone and the website now says that "immigration legislation must include a fair and reasonable way to address the more than 11 million undocumented immigrants currently in the United States, of which over seven million are employed, contributing members of our economy." That includes a path forward "for the DREAMers," it states.
The changes were pointed out to CNN by a Democratic operative.