Republicans Consider Amnesty for Undocumented Immigrants

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Immigrants from the Dominican Republic wait to see an immigration lawyer on January 31, 2013 in New York City. (John Moore/Getty)

In the first hearing on immigration reform in Congress this week, House Republicans indicated that they are open to a plan that would allow for legacy residency for the some 11 million undocumented immigrants already in the country. But they stopped short of agreeing to a plan that would include a pathway to citizenship.

While immigrant advocates are calling for one comprehensive immigration package, some House Republicans indicated that breaking up legislation into smaller bills would help to deal with individual immigrant groups differently, like legislation for farm workers, versus legislation for highly skilled workers.

Another thing that could be a potential wrench in any immigration plan: offering a legal residency to foreign nationals who are part of same-sex marriages, like Heather Morgan and Maria del Mar Verdugo, a bi-national same-sex couple.

Josh Treviño, conservative commentator and vice president for communications at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, explains what's at the heart of the Republican strategy.

Guests:

Joshua Treviño

Comments [3]

narcoossee from Orlando, FL

What does Slate have to say about "hammer violence"? See FBI statistics: http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/ucr/crime-in-the-u.s/2011/crime-in-the-u.s.-2011/tables/expanded-homicide-data-table-11

What about "hand and fist violence"? See FBI statistics: http://www2.fbi.gov/ucr/cius2009/offenses/expanded_information/data/shrtable_08.html

Why do you allow Slate to get away with claiming that gun deaths are increasing every year, when that is not the case? Why do you not ask Slate to tally "lives saved" by self-defense?

Seriously, considering applying a bit more journalistic integrity next time, thank you very much.

Feb. 07 2013 12:34 PM
Illegals Suck from What used to be know as the USA

It is sickening that politicians are caving to Mexicans and 20 million criminal illegals. Why make new laws when the old ones were enforced anyway. This is a sham on Americans and those foreigners trying to become citizens the right way. Pols should be embarrassed for supporting criminals.

Feb. 06 2013 05:30 PM
JESC from Orlando, Fl

While I did not agree with the cynicism of your guest, I do think that if the procedures for effectively coming to and from this country had been reviewed and modernized over time we would not have this difficult situation. Setting the bar too high to stay in this country for those who have lived here all their lives will not alleviate the issue and will not allow us to move forward. The issue of same sex couples is just a lightening rod to give politicians something to hide behind. In this country, equal means equal. Why can't we get anything done?!

Feb. 06 2013 12:38 PM

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