The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee on Monday rejected the idea of giving immigrants in the U.S. illegally a special pathway to citizenship, and said the Housemust chart its own course on immigration even if it never results in a bill President Barack Obama can sign.
House Republicans took a tentative step toward offering citizenship to some unauthorized immigrants Tuesday, but hit an immediate wall of resistance from the White House on down as Democrats said it wasn’t enough.
The Republican chairman of the House Judiciary Committee says he sees the need to bring illegal immigrants already in this country into legal status, and potentially allow some of them to eventually obtain citizenship — though not through any special pathway.
Nearly two-thirds of legal Mexican immigrants who live in the U.S. are not American citizens.
A group of a half-dozen House members, equally divided between Democrats and Republicans, is nearing completion of wide-ranging immigration legislation similar to proposals by Senate negotiators and President Barack Obama, including a pathway to legal immigration status for 11 million illegal immigrants already in the U.S.
Former Sen. George Allen, trying to recapture the Senate seat he lost six years ago, enters Tuesday’s Virginia primary as a strong favorite over three lesser-known Republicans.