FILE – This Jan. 28, 2014 file photo shows House John Boehner of Ohio, accompanied by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Va. speaking at Republican National Committee headquarters in Washington. House Republican leaders challenged President Barack Obama on Thursday to override the opposition of the Senate’s top Democrat and help pass trade legislation the administration favors. “The president ought to stand up and lead on this issue,” House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio said at a news conference at a three-day retreat for members of the party’s rank-and-file. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
CAMBRIDGE, Md. (AP) — House Republicans wrestled inconclusively with the outlines of immigration legislation Thursday night, sharply divided over the contentious issue itself and the political wisdom of acting on it in an election year.
At a three-day retreat on the frozen banks of the Choptank River on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, GOP leaders circulated an outline that would guide the drafting of any House Republican legislation on the subject — a document that Speaker John Boehner told the rank and file was as far as the party was willing to go.
It includes a proposed pathway to legal status for millions of adults who live in the U.S. unlawfully — after they pay back taxes and fines — but not the special route to citizenship that President Barack Obama and many Democrats favor.
Many younger Americans brought to the country illegally by their parents would be eligible for citizenship.
“For those who meet certain eligibility standards, and serve honorably in our military or attain a college degrees, we will do just Login to read more