Pathway to citizenship key obstacle as House turns to immigration

  • Article by: DAVID ESPO , Associated Press
  • Updated: June 28, 2013 - 2:10 PM

WASHINGTON — The focus of hotly contested immigration legislation swung Friday from the Senate to the House, where conservative Republicans hold power, there is no bipartisan template to serve as a starting point and the two parties stress widely different priorities.

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suewroJun. 28, 1310:32 AM

I can't understand how the government picks and chooses - illegal. So if a person born in the united states does something illegal - is it really illegal? Can we now go to court and argue the degree of legality?

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crystalbayJun. 28, 1311:02 AM

The GOP's in a Catch-22. It really does not want to participate in making our archaic, 13-year long path to citizenship more humane, but if its doesn't and (as threatened) kills this bill, instead of 78% of the Hispanic vote going for democrats, it'll be 98% the next time around. The GOP will not survive if it can't soften its hard-line approach, yet it knows that the bulk of Hispanic votes will go for Dems. Looks like the only option they have is to start up and push the voter-suppression strategies that the DOJ no longer can deem illegal.

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avejoeconJun. 28, 1311:21 AM

instead of 78% of the Hispanic vote going for democrats, it'll be 98% the next time around. The GOP will not survive if it can't soften its hard-line approach, yet it knows that the bulk of Hispanic votes will go for Dems.------------So, you admit that votes are more important than the results of this bill. What part of ILLEGAL don't you understand. These people broke the law and the democrats want to reward them for it. Yes, if expecting people to be law abiding is hard line, than I fully support anyone that is hardline. Just because you think votes are more important than the country, I don't. I don't want 33 Million more people taking jobs with unemployment is 7.6% and welfare is at nearly record levels. Even the CBO admits that this bill will only stop 25% of the illegal immigration, so in 10 years, the libs will be demanding yet ANOTHER amnesty bill in order to gather more votes. and what do you think adding tens of millions more people to SS and medicare will do to the impending bankruptcy of these programs? Any idea.

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lowertaxesJun. 28, 1311:52 AM

Stand fast, House members! American does not need, want, nor can we afford this mess!

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Packman_1Jun. 28, 1312:03 PM

" Just because you think votes are more important than the country, I don't.".........................could it be because you know none of these people would even consider voting for a libertarian or a teapublican? Why would they when the GOP considers them the equivalent of some kind of undesireable desease.

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Jimmvy22Jun. 28, 1312:11 PM

When we cant or refuse to secure our borders firsat and demand that people coming here do so according to our laws, then we as a nation are done. Hopefully the House will stand strong, but I have my doubts with Boehner as the leader

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mbachnutzJun. 28, 1312:15 PM

Stand fast, House members! American does not need, want, nor can we afford this mess! ```````````````````````````````````````````` You mean the additional billions the GOP is asking for in additional border crossing enforcement? The additional cost of chasing illegals instead of making them taxpayers and having additional revenue? Thanks for making a point for the Democrats!

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tranqwhlJun. 28, 1312:16 PM

So let's say all 11 million are now legal. Hooray! We "secure" our borders... now 11 million more come in illegally. Do we do this again? Why have laws then? Should we start calling certain laws "guidelines", since you're not illegal if you break certain laws, you're just not documented...?

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Opus2013Jun. 28, 1312:35 PM

If the House was responsible for the law's demise, it would end up mortally wounding the Republican/Tea party in the long run. But teapublicans don't care about the future -- they want to ensure that nothing gets done, and that nothing gets done now. Belligerent and intransigent xenophobes have no future in this country's political landscape.

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rmoore1754Jun. 28, 1312:39 PM

The only pressure the House should feel is to pass laws that solve problems. Clearly, the Senate immigration bill does not solve the problem of securing the border when Janet Napolitano has already said it is secured and can therefore declare that it is not necessary to hire additional border security, build fences, etc. The problem is illegal immigration, a poorly managed visa system and the need for a guest worker program. The Senate bill does not deal with these issues forthrightly and is loaded with pork.

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