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Rank-and-File Republicans Open Door for Immigration Reform

April 29, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. — As House Speaker John Boehner tries to strike a delicate balance within his party on immigration reform, members of his party in the House are acknowledging and encouraging movement toward reform this year.

“[Undocumented immigrants] are Americans, and we need to acknowledge that and find a way, to those that wish to be a part of the American dream for opportunity, to make them legal,” Congressman Joe Barton (TX-06) said Friday.

“I believe there is a path that we get a bill on the floor by August,” Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05), Chairwoman of the House Republican Conference, said Sunday.

Additional support has come from Reps. Aaron Schock (IL-18), Adam Kinzinger (IL-16) and others.

And today, more than 250 local evangelical pastors are on Capitol Hill for meetings with more than 100 congressional offices, further bolstering support for members of Congress who recognize the urgency for reform.

Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum, made the following statement regarding the conversation around reform:

“Republicans and Democrats alike now recognize that reform is not a matter of if, but of when. It’s good to see members of Congress follow the lead of their constituents, who support reform that produces security, stability and growth.

“The chorus calling for a vote this year is growing louder. Congress is starting to listen.”

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