The Washington Post
WASHINGTON — Republican Sens. John McCain, Lindsey Graham and Jeff
Flake met with key House conservatives this week to promote legislation
to overhaul the nation’s immigration laws and provide a pathway to
citizenship for an estimated 11 million illegal immigrants, McCain’s
communications director said Friday.
McCain, R-Ariz.; Graham, R-S.C.; and Flake, R-Ariz., are
members of a bipartisan group of eight senators working to craft a
comprehensive immigration bill to enhance border security, streamline
legal immigration, ensure employers don’t hire illegal immigrants and
provide eventual citizenship to illegal immigrants already here.
If it gets through the Senate, the legislation faces a potentially
tough road with House Republicans skeptical of granting citizenship to
illegal immigrants, and the meeting included at least one lawmaker known
for taking a hard line on the issue.
“Sen. McCain was glad to
have the opportunity to update key House members and get their advice
and recommendations on this important effort. He looks forward to
continuing these conversations as we move forward,” said Brian Rogers,
McCain’s communications director.
Members present Thursday at the
meeting organized by the House Republican Policy Committee included Rep.
Steve King of Iowa and Rep. Raul Labrador of Idaho.
King is known
for decrying amnesty for illegal immigrants while Labrador has said he
supports finding a way to legalize the status of illegal immigrants
already here, while rejecting the idea of giving them a special pathway
McCain, Graham, Flake and others argue that
Republicans must tackle comprehensive immigration legislation partly to
win back support from Latino voters crucial to national election
outcomes, but that argument is a harder sell to House members who often
represent overwhelmingly white districts.
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