WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans on Tuesday signaled they are willing to hold up House-passed legislation to provide a citizenship path for millions of undocumented immigrants, including those brought to the U.S. as children — previewing another congressional showdown on immigration.
During a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the bill, top Republican Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, said he sees “justice” for immigrants who came to the country when they were children, known as “”Dreamers,” “as a legitimate thing to do.”
However, he also said any legislation providing legal status to these individuals must come with measures boosting border security and immigration enforcement. He cited current levels of high migration at the southwest border, a point echoed by several of his Republican colleagues throughout the hearing.
“If we want to provide legal status for Dreamers, we must secure our border, so that we don’t find ourselves in the same situation again, 20 or 30 years from now. Unfortunately, the administration doesn’t appear to be serious about doing that, and the bills we’re discussing today don’t even attempt to do that,” Grassley said.
One witness invited by committee Republicans was Iowan Michelle Root, whose daughter Sarah was killed in Omaha in 2016 by a drunken driver who authorities say was in the country illegally. Sarah Root, 21, had just graduated from Bellevue University.
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