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Thursday, January 30, 2014

Pelosi: Dems Will Insist On Citizenship, Boehner’s ‘Legal Status’ Not Good Enough -- PatDollard.com, Briefing Room

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Excerpted from Briefing Room: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Wednesday amplified the Democrats’ insistence that an immigration reform package include a pathway to citizenship for the nation’s illegal immigrants.

Some GOP leaders have embraced the notion of providing legal status to those residents, but Pelosi said such a strategy doesn’t go far enough for House Democrats.

“In our caucus, there has to be a path to citizenship,” she told reporters in the Capitol. “To talk about legalization is to say that America is not the country we think we are.

“They wouldn’t even be second-class citizens, because they wouldn’t be citizens. They’d be second-class residents of our country. I just can’t subscribe to that, and that’s not where our caucus is.”

The comments arrived the same day Republicans left Washington for an issues conference in Maryland, where they’ll unveil much-anticipated immigration reform principles to a conference that’s sharply split on the issue.

GOP leaders appear eager to move legislation, if only to take away a stark political advantage enjoyed by Democrats when it comes to the Hispanic vote. But they face intense pressure from conservatives to oppose anything other than the deportation of those living in the country illegally. Keep reading

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