Republicans Highlight Immigration Reform as Priority in 2014

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Republican House leaders on Wednesday expressed a desire to tackle immigration reform in 2014. During a meeting, lawmakers said that Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) included an overhaul of the immigration system in priorities for the legislative year.

Rep. Matt Salmon (R-Ariz.) discussed Boehner’s remarks with The Wall Street Journal. “This is an issue we have to deal with and I continue to believe that,’” Salmon reports Boehner told Republicans during the meeting. Boehner also said a set of Republican principles would also be released sometime in the coming weeks.

Previously, Boehner had stated that prior to a plan for immigration reform being presented, Republican standards on immigration would be issued.

Comprehensive immigration reform was passed by the Senate during the summer, but the issue failed to gain support in the House. It is unlikely that similar broad legislation will be attempted by House Republicans. Instead, many believe a step-by-step approach will be the format pursued.

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