CAMBRIDGE, Md. — House Republicans on Thursday released their priorities for immigration reform, but have yet to specify a timetable or legislative strategy for moving the policy forward.
The principles include strengthening border security, overhauling legal immigration and offering amnesty to the children of illegal immigrants who were brought to the U.S. by their parents.
On the issue of the approximately 11 million illegal immigrants currently living in the U.S., they propose a series of legal hurdles, plus border security verified by triggers, before they can achieve legal status. House GOP leaders have stated their intent to advance a set of bills this year to fulfill the principles, while continuing to adamantly reject a compromise bill that passed the Senate last year. That legislation included a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants.
“I don’t think you should have a special path to citizenship for the undocumented,” House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said in an interview.
Gathered at a Hyatt resort near the Chesapeake Bay for their annual policy and political retreat, House Republicans spent a considerable portion of the first day of the event discussing immigration reform and debating whether they should move on it or delay action until after the November elections.