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### via David Nakamura | Wash Po
House Democrats released their own comprehensive immigration proposal Wednesday, hoping to keep pressure on Republicans to move forward on stalled plans to overhaul the nation's border control laws.
Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) and several other Democrats announced the plans at a news conference on Capitol Hill on a day when nearly all the focus was on the budget fight and government shutdown. The lawmakers emphasized that immigration remains an imperative issue and hoped that the House's GOP leadership would put legislation forward for a vote before the end of the year.
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### via USA TODAY
WASHINGTON - The road to overhauling the nation's immigration laws became even more difficult Friday when two Republicans abandoned a bipartisan group that had been working to craft a solution in the House of Representatives.
Rep. John Carter, R-Texas, and Rep. Sam Jonhson, R-Texas, put the blame for their decision to leave the House working group on President Obama.
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### via Politico
Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) has been one of Capitol Hill’s loudest opponents of immigration reform – particularly toward a way to legalize the 11 million immigrants living illegally in the United States.
A poll being released later Wednesday by the American Action Network shows that 68 percent of voters in Iowa’s Fourth Congressional District supports an “earned pathway to legal status,” while 65 percent support an “earned pathway to citizenship.”
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President Obama met with various religious leaders who urged him to pass immigration reform as soon as possible. After the hour-long meeting, some of the religious leaders were optimistic that a comprehensive immigration reform will be in tact this year.
Jordan Fabian, from ABC-Univision reports that Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, President of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Confernece had said,
“I walked out of that meeting with a greater sense of optimism, with the strong chance of passing comprehensive immigration reform this year."
Fourteen religious leaders attended this meeting, amongst those where leaders who represented Catholic, Evangelical, Protestant and Mormon churches as well as religions such as Judaism, Hinduism and Islam.
As bipartisan groups continue to build a immigration reform legislation, it is evident that religious leaders have played an essential role in organizing support for immigration reform. Clergy members agreed that President Obama is clearly committed to make an effort and work with Republicans to pass an immigration legislation with a pathway to citizenship.
Jim Wallis, Head of the Christian Group Sojourners said, "There is more than politics involved here, there are moral issues involved here and that is what the faith community is lifting up. He thanked us for that "
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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.'
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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