House GOP Digs In on Resistance to Immigration
Republicans feel out Dems on bite-sized bills
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jul 11, 2013 7:55 AM CDT
Updated Jul 11, 2013 7:59 AM CDT
House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, and GOP leaders, finish a news conference on Capitol Hill, July 9, 2013, following a Republican strategy session.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

(Newser) – House Republicans had their first full meeting on immigration reform yesterday, and the results were about as discouraging as expected for reform advocates. John Boehner warned his troops that the party would be politically vulnerable if it didn't devise some response to the Senate's bill, but it's clear that the group would never support a pathway to citizenship, the New York Times reports. Which means it's on to plans B, C, and/or D:

  • Plan B: Instead of passing a sweeping reform bill, the House is hoping to pass bite-sized ones; in their statement following yesterday's meeting, Republicans said the administration "cannot be trusted to deliver on its promises to secure the border … as part of a single, massive bill."
  • Plan C: But support is soft even for that, so Boehner and company are feeling out House Democrats on whether they'd support the smaller bills, Politico reports. Even then, the only bills they're pitching are ones beefing up border security and the E-verify system.
  • Plan D: Do nothing, or else try and fail. There's a vocal "No! Caucus" that met Monday to advocate just that, the Washington Post reports. Some believe waiting until after the 2014 elections is the best move. Others tell Slate that they fear anything they pass, no matter how limited, could morph into a comprehensive bill in conference committee with the Senate.

President Obama, of course, doesn't like any of those plans, and he's considering campaigning across the country for the bill, one Democratic rep tells USA Today. The White House also put out this video touting the benefits of reform.

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cornelison
Jul 11, 2013 10:21 PM CDT
We can't afford to have any Republicans in Congress. They waste money and American lives. Conservative voters don't value the lives of Americans - only those in the womb.
Witzelsucht
Jul 11, 2013 5:28 PM CDT
“The higher the fence, the taller the ladder.” That’s what they say in Mexico. Jail time for those Americans employing or renting to illegal aliens, refusal of welfare to illegals, and denial of citizenship to the children of illegal aliens would slow this flood of uneducated and crime-prone Hispanics. American citizenship should be awarded to those who deserve it, such as the Asians and Eastern Europeans now laboring under oppressive governments and who would get an education here, contribute to our country’s well-being, and become proud Americans. We do not want more illiterate criminals and baby bombs sinking us with their demonstrated incompetence.
Who_Cares
Jul 11, 2013 3:21 PM CDT
I remember, they suppose to secure borders under Bush. Senator McCain was behind the project. So what happened with that project? Now we have republican Congress that doesn't have a clue what to do, so they passing the buck on administration. Aren't you all getting sick of being played by both sides, yet your jobs are in stakes. Those 11 million illegal immigrants, once they become legal they will work for $12/hr and the guy who is making $15/hr, will be let go.