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Rep. Boehner Sees Will to Act on Immigration in House

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House Speaker John Boehner says the vast majority of House Republicans believe they need to tackle the immigration issue. 
 
But he says securing the borders must come first, and the House will take a step-by-step approach, not do a single big bill like the Senate. 
 
He also said he's more interested in getting it right than in meeting any deadline. 
 
Boehner spoke at a news conference Thursday, a day after House Republicans met to hash out their way forward on immigration. 
 
They emerged with no solution to one of the biggest issues in the debate: What to do about the 11 million immigrants already here illegally. 
 
Boehner refused to say whether he supports a pathway to citizenship or whether the House would ever agree to legal status for unauthorized immigrants.

Meanwhile, two senators who played a big role in an immigration overhaul in Congress say they're encouraged legislation will move forward despite resistance from the Republican-controlled House. 
 
Sen. Chuck Schumer says it seems that a "large percentage" of the House realizes that doing nothing on immigration is not an option. The New York Democrat said Republican House Speaker John Boehner and others in the GOP leadership also realize that doing nothing is not an option. 
 
Sen. John McCain, an Arizona Republican, said senators are ready to sit down with House members to bring the issue to a conclusion. 
 
Schumer and McCain spoke to reporters Thursday after meeting with President Barack Obama at the White House.
 
The Senate has already passed that bill, and attention has turned to the Republican-controlled House. GOP leaders say the Senate bill is flawed and say they won't take it up. Instead, they say they'll pursue a step-by-step approach. It's unclear whether that will include a path to citizenship. Many House Republicans oppose that provision. (AP)

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