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Sun Feb 24, 2013, 01:00 AM

Univision - "Obstacle to Reform? Top House Republican Opposes Path to Citizenship."

This just goes to show that beltway's media's effort to claim that Democrats share the blame for the failure to advance immigration reform are nothing more than pro-right wing propaganda. Republicans are not refusing to advance immigration reform simply because they don't like the President. Rather, Republicans want cater to their Xenophobic base, but get some credit from the Latino community for trying to pass immigration reform. Thus, they talk about immigration reform, then blame the President for their opposition.


The head of the House committee tasked with overseeing the nation's immigration laws has come out squarely against a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, yet another sign that a comprehensive reform bill could face a tough road to passage.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) told NPR he opposes allowing many of the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States from eventually gaining full citizenship.

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Goodlatte's comments should come as no surprise. He is a favorite of immigration restrictionist groups and has long voiced skepticism about a path to citizenship. Goodlatte called a path "extreme" during a committee hearing on immigration reform earlier this month.

But the congressman's comments are an indication that comprehensive immigration reform, which is supported by President Barack Obama, a bipartisan group of senators, and a majority of the American public, could still face significant trouble passing Congress.

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