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House GOPs Warm to DREAMers in Crafting Alternate Immigration Legislation

Boehner has rejected the idea of “1,300-page bills that no one has read.”

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Bill Straub

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July 24, 2013 - 12:09 am
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WASHINGTON – House Republicans remain determined to take a “step-by-step” approach to the problem of illegal immigration and appear disinclined to develop wide-ranging legislation in the manner of the Senate.

Two committees in the lower chamber tackled different aspects of the immigration debate on Tuesday, each expressing interest in developing and moving their own bill. The House Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security looked into the issue of immigrant children brought illegally into the U.S. by their parents who remain without proper documentation. Meanwhile, the Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security broached ways to tighten the leaky boundary between the U.S. and Mexico.

The sessions came on the heels of comments made over the weekend by House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), who said on CBS television’s Face the Nation that the House intends to deal with immigration “in a common-sense, step-by-step approach. We want to deal with this in chunks, chunks that the members can deal with and grapple with and frankly chunks that the American people can get their arms around.”

Boehner rejected the Senate-passed immigration reform bill, insisting it failed to appropriately address border security problems. Otherwise, he refused to express his personal views on the issue, nor would he predict “what’s going to be on the floor and what isn’t going to be on the floor.” And he rejected the idea of “1,300-page bills that no one has read.”

Essentially, Boehner and most members of the GOP caucus have adopted the approach of Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, which will handle most of the immigration legislation, who has counseled a deliberate approach that doesn’t result in one massive bill. Regardless, whatever emerges – if anything — will ultimately be fashioned by a House-Senate conference committee.

“The House is committed to moving forward with a step-by-step process, with proper deliberation and debate surrounding each piece of reform,” said Rep. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.). “It is important that we do this right – proving to the American people the federal government can be trusted to build a lasting system that cannot simply be put aside because it is unworkable or the political will is simply not present to make it work.”

At the House Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security, Goodlatte hinted that those illegal immigrants brought here as children will be “considered from a different perspective” than those who crossed the border on their own free will.

“Many of them know no other home than the U.S., having grown up as Americans since they were toddlers in some instances,” Goodlatte said. “They surely don’t share the culpability of their parents.”

At the same time, Goodlatte said the immigrants who illegally entered the U.S. carrying their children should merit no special consideration.

“Because let’s be clear – parents bringing their young children to the U.S. illegally is not something we want to encourage,” he said. “Not only because it would lead to continued illegal immigration, but also because illegally crossing the border is dangerous.”

Goodlatte also said any legislation should be crafted to prohibit undocumented youths who have joined gangs, been involved in criminal activity or “otherwise shown that they do not intend to be productive members of American society” from becoming permanent residents.

Rep. Jeff Denham (R-Calif.) told the subcommittee that he has introduced the Enlist Act, which authorizes illegal immigrants who entered the U.S. as children to enlist in the armed forces, providing a way for young people in the country illegally to be lawfully admitted for permanent residence by reason of their honorable service.

“For the many thousands of young undocumented immigrants who graduate from our public and private high schools each year, military service would offer an avenue for them to serve the U.S. and earn a legal status in the country they love,” Denham said. “These recruits would provide the military departments with a talent pool of young men and women, many of whom would have strategically valuable language and cultural competencies.”

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How about honoring their oath to the United States Constitution and to America and enforce the laws and have a step-by-step eviction of the tens of millions of invaders.
38 weeks ago
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The nose under the tent in August.... the entire camel by Christmas.
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The GOP needs to stop and listen to the people of this country! The American tax payers has been cheated out of education programs, free meals, etc for these poor little children! These funds were to be used for the education of our children. I am betting a major portion of tax payers never knew these funds were being misused so frivolous. How much better off would our intercity kids be if more of our $ would have been spent on their education instead of these border hoppers? Being here is no fault of their own? So what, they are not entitled to our country! Do you understand ? Fight for the people who elected you!
37 weeks ago
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as Joanne responded I didnt even know that a student able to earn $6386 in 4 weeks on the computer. have you seen this web site http://www.wep6.com
38 weeks ago
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Does anyone realize there is a distinct difference between immigrants (and their statuses) and aliens? These lawbreakers are not immigrants of any stature, they are illegal aliens, at least if the rule of law is applicable anymore.

And if anyone expects Obama Inc to adhere to the laws of the land, then pigs do fly - http://adinakutnicki.com/2012/10/20/what-are-the-chances-of-reining-in-a-lawbreaker-in-chief-who-abets-illegal-aliens-then-punishes-those-who-expose-said-lawbreaking-addendum-to-the-results-of-washingtons-dictator-in-chief-via/

Most significantly, without a complete overhaul of the Repub Party, surely RINOS's will have the last say, and there will be nothing lawful about said result either.

Adina Kutnicki, Israel http://adinakutnicki.com/about/

38 weeks ago
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Mr. Straub: They are not immigrants who have come here illegally; they are aliens who have come here illegally.
38 weeks ago
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As "Patterico" has said: "Deport the criminals first!"
and the corollary to that is: If they come back, shoot on sight, as you would any rabid dog.
38 weeks ago
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Immigration, simple follow the laws on the books, and seal the border.

Anyone read the story of the person with 27 convictions that somehow was still in the country illegally? Believe it was on drudge today.
38 weeks ago
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This is what happens when the so called representatives of the conservative values of personal responsibility, liberty, freedom, free markets, constitutional law and smaller government use the oppositions base assumptions to make a supposedly conservative case.

When you approach any issue from the point of view of feelings, the legislation that results will surely be poorly written and do little to solve the problem at hand.

One example: The children who were brought here ILLEGALLY by their parents need to receive deferential treatment because they did nothing wrong. This is an argument based purely on feelings. Logic dictates that you round up them along with their parents and deport the lot of them!

As others have stated, the republicans have a death wish. Illegals, once granted the right to vote, will do so 8 to 1 for democrats. If there are 10 million of them here of voting age and 40% of them vote, the dems pick up 3.5 million votes to the reps 500K. Look at the last election. With this dynamic in play, Romney still would have lost if the conservative base had turned out in full force!

Shear lunacy.
38 weeks ago
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Here it comes. That one "immigration" bill that the Democrats need to get Amnesty through, courtesy of really stupid 'Pubbies.
Once this is passed, it will be marked up into an Amnesty bill in committee and get an up or down vote with no parliamentary measures available to stop it.
And we now know that illegal aliens, when they get the vote, will go for the Democrats at an ~8-1 ratio. They don't call the GOP "The Stupid Party" for nothing.
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How about honoring their oath to the United States Constitution and to America and enforce the laws and have a step-by-step eviction of the tens of millions of invaders.
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Congress' failing is that it has consistently failed to fund the enforcement written into previous legislation -
The correction is to replace those who fail to provide funding.
The Executive's failing is that he is in violation of his oath to see that the laws are faithfully executed -
The correction is Impeachment!
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The nose under the tent in August.... the entire camel by Christmas.
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