Key GOP Voice in House Says Bill With Pathway to Citizenship Won't Survive


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A huge issue in the debate about immigration reform is whether or not 11 million undocumented immigrants who already live in the U.S should be given the opportunity to be given a pathway to citizenship. 

Talking Points Memo reports that leading GOP figure in the House , Rep. Raúl Labrador said,

'The people that came here illegally knowingly --- I don't think they should have a path to citizenship,' he said on NPR, 'If you knowingly violated our law, you violated our sovereignty, I think we should normalize your status but we should not give you a pathway to citizenship.'

TPM adds

Under Labrador’s proposal, which reflects a middle ground sought by Republicans on the Judiciary Committee, undocumented immigrants would receive a visa that allows them to live, work and travel in and out of the United States, but without the right to vote or become a green card holder or citizen.

“Some people are calling it a blue card or a red card,” said the conservative Latino congressman.

Although, there are GOP House members that do support immigration reform with a pathway to citizenship such members are Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), there doesn't seem to be enough pro-citizenship members to get a bill through the House. 

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