House negotiator says no to citizenship path
By ASSOCIATED PRESS
Published May 29, 2006
WASHINGTON - The Senate plan to provide illegal immigrants with a shot at citizenship probably is a deal-breaker that will prevent passage of a compromise on immigration overhaul, the House's lead negotiator said Sunday.
"The words 'path to citizenship' is a buzzword for amnesty. We ought to be honest, it is amnesty," said Rep. James Sensenbrenner, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee.
The Senate bill passed last week would tighten border security, offer a guest worker program to bring in new foreign workers and provide a chance at citizenship for millions of illegal immigrants already in the country.
The House bill generally is limited to border enforcement and cracking down on employers who hire illegal immigrants.
Negotiators from both chambers will try to reconcile the differences and agree on a compromise.
Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., answered a flat "no" when asked Sunday on NBC's Meet the Press whether he would accept any legislation that would put illegal immigrants on a path to citizenship.
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