House Republicans dug in their opposition to the Senate-passed immigration overhaul at a closed-door meeting Wednesday where lawmakers began mapping out a slower, piecemeal approach to immigration and border security legislation."Comprehensive (immigration reform) has always been a swear word" for House Republicans, said Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho, adding that the overwhelming consensus among the rank-and-file is to approve smaller pieces of legislation that deal with individual problems.
House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, has said the Senate bill stands no chance of passage in the House of Representatives, and he has publicly committed to not allowing any legislation to come to the floor that does not have the support of the majority of the chamber's 234 Republican members.House members expect to take up legislation dealing with border security, worker verification systems and temporary visas for high-skilled workers. There is no consensus on how to approach — if at all — a pathway to citizenship for the undocumented, which has significant resistance among Republicans
House Democrats, meanwhile, are increasingly vocal that they will not to support any immigration effort that does not include a pathway to citizenship. Senior Democrats say they will resist a piecemeal approach. "I don't know that the Republican leadership has a strategy that is workable," said House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md.President Obama huddled Wednesday at the White House with members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. The White House and its allies are likely to use the summer months to keep pressure on House Republicans to act. - USA Today
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