Publisher's note: Under the failed leadership of Speaker John Boehner, the House of Representatives is preparing a further chipping away of the American fabric, and is kicking the door ajar to allow amnesty for illegals.
Sure, the terms are being mixed together; now, after a background check, they can become legal residents and not citizens, pay fines, and all the rest. At the end of the day, this is distilled amnesty and it flies in the face of the will of We the People.
The time is long over-due for John Boehner to retire. What a huge disappointment.
Fox News: House Republican leaders on Thursday endorsed a limited path to legal status for some illegal immigrants, in a move Democrats said could open the door to a deal on comprehensive immigration legislation.
The position was included in a document released by party leaders during their annual retreat in Maryland. The "standards for immigration reform" document ruled out a special path to citizenship for illegal immigrants.
Instead, it said immigrants living here illegally could remain and live legally if they pass background checks, pay fines and back taxes, learn to speak English and understand U.S. civics, and can support themselves without access to welfare.
But GOP leaders made clear that border security must be improved first.
"None of this can happen before specific enforcement triggers have been implemented," the document said.
Nevertheless, Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., a big advocate for immigration legislation on the Senate side, said the announcement could smooth the way for a deal on legislation. The Senate passed an immigration bill last year.