Both parties are promising to use 2013 to advance long-stalled immigration legislation, but an early dispute on whether to give 11 million people in the country illegally a path to citizenship—or a legal status that stops short of that—could complicate the effort.
President Barack Obama, most Democrats and advocates for the Hispanic community are pushing for citizenship. But many Republicans are wary, saying citizenship would amount to a reward for those who broke the law to come to the U.S.
"You can have a legal process where people know they can be here for a long period of time, renew their visas, but you don't need a pathway to citizenship," said Rep. Raul Labrador (R., Idaho), who supports granting a legal status short of citizenship.
The largest Hispanic advocacy groups said this week that they would issue "report cards" on lawmakers ahead of the 2014 elections, scoring their support for a comprehensive overhaul.Maybe someone should remind these advocacy groups that they're not the only ones who'll be keeping score. Those of us who embrace 'LEGAL' immigration and don't believe in rewarding those who came here illegally with a free ride, will be keeping their own report cards as well.
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