Speaker Boehner Endorses Push for Citizenship for Illegal Immigrant Children
Speaker Boehner told reporters today he’s facilitating the immigration reform process in the House.
Boehner also endorsed a push for citizenship for children of illegal immigrants.
The Hill reported:
Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Wednesday offered an endorsement for a proposal to grant citizenship to children who were brought to the U.S. illegally by their parents.
“This is about basic fairness,” Boehner said one week after convening a two-hour meeting to discuss immigration with his conference.
“These children were brought here of no accord of their own, and frankly they’re in a very difficult position,” he said. “And I think many of our members believe that this issue needs to be addressed.”
Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) and Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) are crafting a bill to deal with children brought to the U.S. illegally. They have said it will differ from the Dream Act in the Senate, which would grant citizenship to children brought to the U.S. illegally who meet certain requirements.
The Judiciary Committee plans to hold an initial hearing on the issue next week.