Representative Bob Goodlatte said that the 11 million undocumented immigrants already living in the U.S. could receive a pathway to citizenship. According to USA Today, this pathway could include a temporary legal status for which undocumented immigrants could later apply for a green card and U.S. citizenship.
Although Goodlatte does not support providing citizenship to those who are here illegally, he did say during a C-SPAN interview that he and other members of the House of Representatives are open-minded to providing a way for them to “come out of the shadows, to be able to work, to have their own businesses, to pay their taxes, to travel back and forth to their home country and elsewhere.”
A pathway to citizenship has been largely objected by Republicans in the House of Representatives. however, Goodlatte said avenues that are already available to foreigners including marrying a U.S. citizen, having a U.S. citizen relative petition for them or having a U.S. employer sponsor their application could be used for undocumented immigrants to receive their citizenship, USA Today reported.
“All of those are ways that they could then eventually find themselves permanent residents and ultimately citizens, but none of those are special ways that have been made available only to people who are here illegally,” Goodlatte said during his interview with C-SPAN.
Boehner discusses possibility of pathway to citizenship
House Speaker John Boehner opened the possibility of Republican support for a pathway to citizenship for the nation’s undocumented immigrants, The Washington Post stated. Although Boehner neglected to say whether he supported a pathway or not, he did say that he would do his job to help in solving the problem surrounding immigration reform.
“But it’s clear from the conversation yesterday that a vast majority of our members do believe that we have to wrestle with this problem,” Boehner said during his interview. “They also believe that we need to do this step-by-step.”