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GOP presses ahead on H-1B, green cards with vague, muddy statement

Patrick Thibodeau | Feb. 3, 2014
Republican leaders on Thursday released a broad framework for immigration reform as difficult to understand, and about as long, as a Dead Sea scroll fragment.

The Republicans on the Judiciary Committee, which is chaired by U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), adopted the Skills bill without Democratic support.

There are 232 Republicans and 200 Democrats in The House, with 218 votes needed to pass a bill. But there are at least two dozen Republicans who are against almost any immigration reform whatsoever.

This means the Republicans will have to work with House Democratic leaders on immigration, notably U.S. Reps. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), who represents Silicon Valley, and Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.), who is one the leaders on the broader immigration reforms.

Lofgren, in a statement, said that while the Republican's principles "indicate an interest in reform, it's important to note that principles are very broad statements that do not reveal much detail. Those details matter and I look forward to working across party lines for immigration reform."


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