U.S. Republican leaders to outline immigration framework: Boehner

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Photographers take pictures of U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) (R) as he appears before reporters after a Republican caucus meeting at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, October 15, 2013. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Photographers take pictures of U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) (R) as he appears before reporters after a Republican caucus meeting at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, October 15, 2013.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. House Republican leaders will outline their principles for immigration reform at a party meeting this week, House Speaker John Boehner said on Tuesday.

Immigration reform advocates, who saw their hopes dashed in 2013 for major legislation, have been waiting for the House Republican leadership to take such a step.

Boehner did not give any details of the principles, nor did he promise specific legislative action in the near term.

"We're going to outline our standards, principles of immigration reform and have a conversation with members," Boehner told a news conference after a party meeting near the U.S. Capitol.

"Once we talk to our members, we'll have more to say about how we move forward," Boehner said.

Boehner told his rank-and-file party members earlier this month that the party leaders were getting ready to lay out a framework for immigration reform.

Last year began on a similarly upbeat note after President Barack Obama cruised to re-election the previous November with the support of more than 70 percent of Hispanic voters, who have been clamoring for immigration reform.

The Democratic-run Senate last June passed a sweeping immigration bill that would give millions of undocumented immigrants a pathway to U.S. citizenship. The legislation has languished in the House, where Republicans have the majority.

House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer, a supporter of overhauling U.S. immigration laws, said Democrats looked forward to seeing the Republican principles and getting a chance to vote on immigration reform.

"We are very hopeful, and we urge our Republican colleagues to bring to the floor that which they support," Hoyer told reporters.

Senior Republican aides have said the House does not plan to pass a comprehensive bill like the Senate did. Instead, House Republicans will approach the subject "step by step," they say.

They have said the immigration reform framework could discuss the need for better U.S. border controls and beefing up interior security so that companies cannot easily hire undocumented workers.

Perhaps the most challenging principle to be addressed is what to do about the 11 million immigrants already in the United States illegally, many brought here as children.

And while Republicans are interested in getting more votes from Latinos, some Republicans fear that raising the controversial issue in a mid-term congressional election year could put unnecessary strains on the party.

(Reporting by Susan Cornwell; Editing by Doina Chiacu and Andrew Hay)

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Comments (9)
actnow wrote:
Preliminary indications are instant work visas for up to 6.5 million illegal aliens and path to legalization. This is still a form of mass amnesty that does great harm to the 20 million American workers who are unemployed or underemployed, as well as straining tax payer supported social programs, and undermining the whole concept that laws even matter, as well as corrupting our very democracy. It is vital that citizens get loud NOW about this outrage from the Republicans. Genuine reform must protect citizens over the selfish desires of millionaire businessmen, union bosses and pandering politicians. Our most effective counter attack is mass phone calls to our reps (202 224-3121 reaches them all….program it in your cell), and utilizing sites like NumbersUSA to keep informed and sending easy to use FAXES. Only citizens can stop this nightmare….please, get involved now. This can be stopped if citizens take action NOW.

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euro-yank wrote:
It’s alot of hot air for now. They have nothing to gain (and everything to lose) by taking any real action before the elections.

Jan 28, 2014 12:03pm EST  --  Report as abuse
NewEnglandBob wrote:
It is about time that the party of NO actually proposes real legislation.

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