Republicans from the U.S. House of Representatives are attempting to create their own legislation to answer back to the Senate’s immigration overhaul. According to The Washington Post, the likeliness of those representatives drafting their own bill is growing thin after House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi sent a letter to House Speaker John Boehner July 10 stating that Democrats would not pass a bill that did not provide a pathway to citizenship. Since Republicans will not accept an immigration bill with a pathway, the two political parties are left at odds once again.
The Post said that some Republicans want to create an immigration bill with a pathway to citizenship that is expensive and time consuming. With this, they hope to convince others that immigrants would be turned off by the option.
While meeting to discuss the Senate’s immigration reform bill, Republicans rejected it. Boehner did, however, warn his colleagues that failing to act on the issue would result in a weaker political position for the party. Even with former President Bush supporting immigration reform, Republicans could not reach a mutual agreement, The New York Times reported.
“The laws governing the immigration system aren’t working,” Bush said during a naturalization ceremony. “The system is broken. We’re now in an important debate in reforming those laws. And that’s good.”
By breaking down the issues and addressing them piece by piece, the Republican party thinks more can be done to solve the country’s immigration system, USA Today reported. Boehner added that any immigration that doesn’t have majority support from his party will not be brought to the House floor. The White House supports to Senate’s legislation and plans to put pressure on Republicans to reach an agreement in the coming months.