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The country’s top Republican elected official, House Speaker John Boehner, said Wednesday that legalizing young people who were illegally brought to the United States by their parents is a question of “basic fairness.”
“These children were brought here of no accord of their own, and frankly they’re in a very difficult position. And I think many of our members believe that this issue needs to be addressed,” Boehner told a press conference on Capitol Hill.
The speaker thus allied himself with other GOP lawmakers, like House Majority Leader Eric Cantor and House Judiciary Committee chair Bob Goodlatte, who are working on a bill that would permit these young people to become legal permanent residents.
Participants in that effort have said their proposal will differ from the Senate’s long-stalled DREAM Act, which establishes a path to citizenship for qualified immigrants who arrived in the country as children.
“It’s an issue of decency and compassion,” Cantor said at the same press conference. “Where else would these kids go?”
Republican Party legislators continue to have different opinions on the immigration question, especially regarding the legalization of the 11 million undocumented immigrants who live in the United States, but consensus regarding the “DREAMers” seems to be developing, something that no doubt contributed decisively to Boehner’s remarks.