Printed on: July 24, 2013

House GOP, Dems clash on immigration


WASHINGTON (AP) -- House Republicans took a tentative step toward offering citizenship to some unauthorized immigrants Tuesday, but hit an immediate wall of resistance from the White House on down as Democrats said it wasn't enough.

The dismissive reaction to the GOP proposal to offer eventual citizenship to some immigrants brought illegally to the U.S. as children underscored the difficulties of finding any compromise in the Republican-led House.

That left prospects cloudy for one of President Barack Obama's top second-term priorities. Congress is preparing to break for a monthlong summer recess at the end of next week without action in the full House, even after the Senate passed a bipartisan bill last month to secure the borders and create a path to citizenship for the 11 million immigrants already in the country illegally.

House Republican leaders have embraced offering citizenship to immigrants brought here illegally as children, and Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., is working on a bill with Majority Leader Eric Cantor toward the goal.

Yet even before the hearing began Democrats dismissed Goodlatte and Cantor's not-yet-released legislation, saying that any solution that doesn't offer citizenship to all 11 million immigrants here illegally falls short.