House Republicans working on alternate immigration legislation
Early this morning on Capitol Hill, young folks who call themselves “Dreamers” reminded Republican lawmakers that something needs to be done about immigration.
Behind closed doors, Republicans are discussing what – if anything – they support when it comes to immigration reform. While ABC 7 does not yet know specific talking points, House GOP leaders say they have no intention of taking up the bill that passed the Senate – because they are working on their own legislation.
Republicans do not like the pathway to citizenship. They do not like the idea of amnesty or green cards before the border is secure. So the question remains: What is their alternative?
House Speaker John Boehner has been clear that he will not bring anything to a vote that does not have the support of the majority of House Republicans.
“It's easy to say that they don't like the proposal, but they have to come up with something on their own,” he said.
In the meantime, House Democrats have made it clear that they will not support any form of immigration overhaul that does not lead to a path toward citizenship.
Even former President George W. Bush weighed in on the debate at a naturalization ceremony in Texas:
"We can uphold our traditions of assimilating immigrants and honoring our nation built on a rule of law, but we have a problem,” he said. “The laws governing the immigration system aren't working. The system is broken. We're now in an important debate on reforming those laws."
Bush said that he does not intend to get involved with the politics or the specifics of policy, but hopes that there is ultimately a positive resolution to the debate.