House group agrees on immigration reform
May 16th, 2013
06:58 PM ET
1 year ago

House group agrees on immigration reform

Washington (CNN) - After months of intense negotiations, a bipartisan U.S. House group has reached an "agreement in principle" on immigration reform, according to Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart of Florida, one of the GOP members of the group.

A Democratic aide familiar with the discussions confirmed that all the members signed on and told CNN both Democrats and Republicans "will now run the whole package past their respective leadership and colleagues" and aim to formally introduce legislation at the beginning of June.

Diaz-Balart declined to get into the details of the deal, but said, "there's going to be a lot of differences in a lot of areas," from a bipartisan measure working its way through the Senate.

"Filing a real bipartisan bill – a serious, enforceable commonsense bill is, I think, a huge step. But it's the first step of the process … a very important step," Diaz-Balart told reporters outside the House floor Thursday.

The four Republican members of the House group include Diaz-Balart, Rep. Raul Labrador of Idaho, and Rep. John Carter and Rep. Sam Johnson, both of Texas.

The four Democrats are Reps. Xavier Becerra and Zoe Lofgren, both of California, Rep. Luis Gutierrez of Illinois, and Rep. John Yarmuth of Kentucky.

Carter told reporters earlier on Thursday that the last sticking point involved whether the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States would get access to government health care benefits. It's unclear how the group resolved that issue.

Carter also said that because Republican and Democratic negotiators were unable to come to an agreement on a program overseeing guest workers, the group decided to leave that issue out of the bill. But both planned to offer their proposals separately, likely as amendments to the main legislation.

Both sides differed on how many worker visas should be allowed for construction companies and other industries relying on low skilled labor workers.

House Speaker John Boehner pledged that any immigration bill would move through the appropriate committees in the House before any vote by the full chamber.

A key test for the bipartisan deal will come when the House Judiciary Committee takes it up, because that panel includes a significant number of conservatives, who have pledged to block any measure that allows a path to citizenship for undocumented workers.

Boehner signaled he wanted the House to have its own version to negotiate a final immigration bill with the Democratic-led Senate.

"I continue to believe that the House needs to deal with this and the House needs to work its will," Boehner said on Thursday.

The Senate plan is now being considered by the Judiciary Committee.


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soundoff (134 Responses)
  1. Julie

    They better not allow them to vote nor any benefits.
    It would be an insult to those that came here legally.
    30 million MORE people in 5 years? We can't employ the Americans here already.

    May 16, 2013 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  2. DavM

    ICE: Hundreds of Illegal Immigrants With Criminal Records Released-Obama fails American workers again

    May 16, 2013 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  3. ya rights

    No go on this, why is construction now consider low wage? It's honest hard work that many many Americans still do? why is congress insisting on lower wages on the hardest workers? BIg corp don't need the workers there is over 10 million looking for work that should be able to get employed before we hand out jobs. For many any work will put food on the table and pay rent. there is no need to lower costs on the lowest while the richest get rewarded always.

    May 16, 2013 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  4. miguelcentenosr

    If republicans support Immigration Reform they fear forming a voting block for democrats; If republicans oppose the bill, they fear alienating the Hispanic vote- If nothing is done to address the "problem" of having 11 or 13 millions of people outside the governmental fold- it is a threat to internal security, a failure to maintain a tax collecting system, a failure to address safety in the roads (no driver license usually means no auto insurance) -My fear is that it is all a circus show on both sides to blame the other side and that nothing will be done.

    May 16, 2013 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  5. drc

    Will there be a secure border this time not just in theory but in reality? Doubtful, I predict 24-30 million more illegals 30 years from the amnesty of the existing 11-18 million.

    May 16, 2013 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  6. Obahtr

    If illegal get out and come back the legal way, nuff said!

    May 16, 2013 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  7. elena

    you have been sold by the party you so vehemently fight for, against your fellow citizens?

    May 16, 2013 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  8. Tom

    10 million people get a free ride.

    May 16, 2013 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  9. bdby

    I hope that these senators and congressmen took into the consideration that these people don't get access to our social security system immediately. Right now it is in trouble and to add another 11 million illegals to it would just crash it for everyone deserving of it (Americans here). These illegals need to pay into the system just like everyone else has for 10 quarters from jobs that the pay all the other taxes on. Otherwise it is "NO DEAL". As an American I would feel like I am getting ripped off and not be able to access my funds when the time comes. You will see the hate rise to the top like oil poured into water if Congress lets these illegals get these benefits that were not earned.

    May 16, 2013 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  10. tet1953

    Oh I can't wait to see this. Only one thing is sure, no one is going to like it.

    May 16, 2013 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  11. NorCalMojo

    Without everify, it's just an invitation for more.

    Seal the border. As if.

    May 16, 2013 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  12. S.B. Stein

    I am waiting for it to fail in the House after a clear win in the Senate. The GOP in the House leads to disappointment often.

    May 16, 2013 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  13. dan

    I'm sure its serious. I don't think they have the man power to make it enforceable. But the real kicker here is common sense. When was there ever a bill passed that had any common sense in it?

    May 16, 2013 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  14. Nonsensical

    This will go nowhere.

    May 16, 2013 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  15. MrScott

    Wonder how the gang of eight are going to screw over U.S. Citizens with this? Or do we have to approve it before we get to see what's in it again?

    May 16, 2013 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  16. Edwin

    So, basically, these guys work out a bill that Boehner sends to the Judiciary Committee to disappear.

    May 16, 2013 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  17. fdsgds

    ...and the House needs to work its will. Harfharfharfharf *Xenu laugh*

    May 16, 2013 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  18. No Reform Ever

    The Obama Police State tactics to Rush this mexican loving Fiesta Bill thru ASAP
    before America Wakes Up........Nobody wants this crap. Gallup Poll May7 says
    Americans rank this dead Last of items they want congress to consider.

    May 16, 2013 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  19. No Reform Ever

    Washington is Lying to America on every subject INCLUDING THIS BILL.
    It is Packed with Lies and deception as usual. Who in their right mind wants
    Criminalmexicans running wild here in America?? They are supposed to be DEPORTED????
    That must be a LIE also????? No LAW governing illegal aliens??

    May 16, 2013 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  20. a slozomby

    "enforceable" like they'll actually enforce it.

    May 16, 2013 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  21. us_1776

    I'll believe it when I see it.

    GOP snakes are not to be trusted.

    .

    May 17, 2013 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
  22. Richard Long

    Criminal Immigrants need to be granted eligibility for ObamaCare benefits as promised in the bill! Who cares if it will cost trillions of dollars!

    May 17, 2013 12:09 am at 12:09 am |
  23. No Reform Ever

    Why would Americans want a stupid Bill like this?? So mexicans can take 11Million jobs?

    May 17, 2013 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  24. Haithem Cherif

    A big superpower like the USA shd have a much better and human system than the current one which throws nice young educated people like mice in ICE jails.

    Even in immigration courts,a guy who doesn t speak a word in English got a green card,nd an english teacher didn t get anything than the hostility of the government attorney in court!!!!

    What s this????postpone nd postpone nd postpone..

    Then i hear -the USA is the NATION OF IMMIGRANTS....

    May 17, 2013 12:25 am at 12:25 am |
  25. victor

    Fight this abomination!!

    May 17, 2013 12:36 am at 12:36 am |
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