House GOP split over immigration reform
July 10th, 2013
08:26 PM ET
9 years ago

House GOP split over immigration reform

Washington (CNN) - Immigration reform entered an uncertain new phase on Wednesday as House Republicans signaled some willingness to compromise with President Barack Obama and Democrats but rejected a Senate-passed bill and insisted they would take their time drafting their own version.

Following more than two hours of talks on how to proceed, GOP legislators said the biggest question was whether to give the 11 million immigrants living illegally in the United States a path to eventual citizenship, as provided by the Senate measure.


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  1. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    The GOP reminds me of the "Shakers", (Google it kids). They were also fanatics who died out for non sensical reasons. History repeats itself...

    July 10, 2013 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  2. nothing new here

    Okay, House Republicans, here is the deal....
    If you guys don't think that illegals should be given a pathway to citizenship, then take it upon yourselves to personally round up these people and escort them out of this country.
    We, the taxpayers of this nation, are not paying you guys to sit around on your butts and debate all day long. How about getting the job done? Get this legislation passed, and start getting these people to pay taxes like the rest of us. Goodness knows we need all the money we can get to pay YOUR salaries.

    July 10, 2013 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  3. Pete

    Why are republicans so hopped up on helping immigration when its they who've been against any group including these same immigrents since this legislation been around to kick...Republicans know full well that immigrents who come here most likely when made legal citizens will become voting democrates and you know democrate is a dirty word amongst republicans isn't it!!

    July 10, 2013 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  4. Zerubbabel

    The Dems cannot rescue Boehner and the repubs this time. Grow a spine and allow them to rise or fall on their uncompromiring ideological principles. Let the American voter be the judge. Stop being your own worst enemy. Make them pass the Senate bill or else find the 218 votes in their own caucus to pass a bill. The burden is squarely on their shoulders.

    July 10, 2013 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  5. tom l

    What does it matter? Whatever bill they pass President Obama will just enforce whichever laws he wants to and ignore the laws he doesn't feel like enforcing.

    July 10, 2013 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  6. Thomas

    Two child policy for emigrants !

    Too much traffic !

    Unless your Rick Santorum then have 6 , Mitt Romney 5 , Ron Paul 5 . Obama 2 , GW Bush 2 , Addams Family 2 , quality before quantity !

    July 10, 2013 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  7. boungiorno

    who are you kidding are you the SENATE putting an addition on your houses are you putting them up for them 11 year

    July 10, 2013 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  8. Donkey Party

    House Republicans said they want to do immigration reform their way, not the Senate's way, and not the White House's way. This isn't "compromise", and frankly, this amounts to the GOP's continued efforts to make government as ineffective as possible, so their "we need smaller government" lie can continue. The GOP is nothing but a bunch of domestic terrorists, holding the nation hostage so they can advance their backward ideology.

    July 11, 2013 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  9. king

    the longer the repubs lollygag and wait about passing this law the more illegals will enter our country. secure the border repubs, its ironic these southern states that always crying about jobs jobs jobs, and here is an opportunity to get billions of dollars to their states to secure their borders and they are still hesitant. lesson repubs you are not going to wrestle up 11 million illegals and send them across the border, in the mean time illegals are getting free healthcare, free social services and they are not paying a dime for it. i say let them start paying for the free stuff they are getting by giving them a path to citizenship, i agree their must be a price to pay for them broken our law, and that is paying back taxes which our country desperately need, wait at the back of the line for citizenship and E verify. lesson folks these illegals are spenders in our economy, and with spenders comes growth and prosperity, i say lets do the logical thing because our great nation have never gone anywhere with selfishness, we are a nation of immigrants for crying out loud.

    July 11, 2013 04:14 am at 4:14 am |
  10. Neutral Observer

    If they cant (wont) currently control the border, why should we believe anything will change. If they really can control the border, then why are they not doing it now? Why can't they say first get the border under control and then in say 10 years, if successful at this, offer the amnesty. The truth is if they ever did get the border under control, in 10 years they wouldn't need to offer amnesty because if the border is ever really under control and the hiring of illegals is cured, there will no longer be illegal immigrants. We currently have laws against hiring illegals. If these and other immigration rules were ever really enforced the problem would be largely solved. So many people talk about how "impossible" it would be to deport them all. If none of them could get any work or welfare, they would leave on their own account without us having to deport them. But unfortunately, our govt does not enforce these laws and I don't believe that will change.

    July 11, 2013 05:28 am at 5:28 am |