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TX Dems Hopeful Immigration Reform Will Pass

TX Dems Hopeful Immigration Reform Will Pass

Some fear immigration reform is dead on arrival in the Republican-led U.S. House.  However, Democrats such as Texas Congressman Gene Green remains hopeful a pathway to citizenship is still possible.

“A lot of them have U.S. Citizen children, we need to treat them fairly if they haven't broken any laws other than coming here without permission, and we ought to deal with that and let them get on the road toward citizenship,” he says.

Border security also is a big concern for both sides.

“We are doing a lot better job than we were 10 years ago, or even 15 years ago for that matter, but that doesn't mean we should stop doing it,” says Green.

Democrat leaders have released a list of Republicans who could possibly help push the legislation through.  They believe 20 is all they'll need, but that's only if House leaders agree to take up much of the Senate's plan.

Congressman Henry Cuellar also believes reform can pass, if it includes three key elements.

“Will it have border security? I think so.  Will it have some sort of guest worker plan with visas?  I think so,” Cuellar tells KTRH News.  “But the big question will be does it have some sort of legalization for the 11 or 12 million of undocumented we already have?”

Cuellar says its now or never for comprehensive reform.

“Which means the 2014 elections will be here, and of course the 2016 presidential election,” he says.  “There's a window this year, and if we don't do it this year the window will close.”

 

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