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Republican members of the U.S. House of Representatives have indicated they may support immigration reform but not one that supports a path to citizenship. All eyes are on the Republican-controlled House now that the Senate passed its own version of comprehensive immigration reform legislation with a 68-32 vote.
The Senate vote included 14 Republicans yes votes and 32 Republican No’s – all Democratic Senators voted for the legislation.
No one was expecting a warm embrace for the Senate version in great part because Republicans are the majority in the House and many are not in favor of immigration reform let alone a path to citizenship which they call amnesty for lawbreakers.
Speaker of the House John Boehner has said that he would not introduce a House version of immigration legislation unless a majority of Republicans were behind it.
Today the Republican chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Rep. Bob Goodlatte said, their version of immigration reform legislation cannot offer “special pathway to citizenship where people who are here unlawfully get something that people who have worked for decades to immigrate lawfully do not have.” Other Republicans indicated they want border security triggers before any form of legalization is considered.
The Judiciary Committee is working on addressing immigration reform on a piecemeal basis and does not appear to have plans to introduce comprehensive immigration legislation like the Senate did.