Boehner: Dream Act path to citizenship ‘worthy of consideration’

In a news conference Wednesday morning House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) did not rule out support for the tenets of the Dream Act, saying a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children is "worthy of consideration."

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) embraced the philosophy of the Dream Act Tuesday, saying in a speech at the American Enterprise Institute, "It is time to provide an opportunity for legal residence and citizenship for those who were brought to this country as children and who know no other home.”

Earlier that day Boehner told reporters that any path to citizenship is “a very difficult part" of the immigration debate and would not give an opinion on the issue. The House Judiciary Committee kicked off immigration hearings this week, with several Republicans hoping to find a middle ground between deportation of those here illegally and citizenship.

A new Washington Post-ABC News poll finds that 55 percent back a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants.

Boehner also reiterated that he will not accept a sequester delay that includes tax increases as well as spending cuts, as proposed by President Obama.

Rachel Weiner covers local politics for The Washington Post.
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Rachel Weiner · February 6, 2013