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Report: Wisconsin House GOP members don't agree on immigration

Crowds of immigrants protest in favor of comprehensive immigration reform while on the West side of Capitol Hill in Washington, April 10, 20
Crowds of immigrants protest in favor of comprehensive immigration reform while on the West side of Capitol Hill in Washington, April 10, 20

WASHINGTON D.C. (WTAQ) - It might be a while before the U.S. House completes its action on immigration reform.

Majority Republicans decided last week to pass several smaller bills, instead of the comprehensive approach approved by the Democratically-controlled Senate. Also, the GOP caucus does not agree on what should be done.

According to the Gannett News Service, Wisconsin’s five House Republicans are not in lockstep, either.

Janesville’s Paul Ryan says a path to citizenship is needed for the 11 million undocumented immigrants who are now in the country. He says changes in the visa and guest worker programs are necessary to help agriculture and other industries grow.

Weston Republican Sean Duffy hesitates to approve a path to citizenship – but he says immigrants need some legalization at the same time that the U.S. does more to secure its borders. Duffy says he opposes letting the undocumented immigrants vote or get federal entitlements.

Republicans Jim Sensenbrenner of Menomonee Falls, Reid Ribble of Sherwood, and Tom Petri of Fond du Lac all say they want to stop immigrants from entering the country before anything is considered for those already here.

Sensenbrenner once proposed making it a felony to be in the country illegally, and he’s still opposed to any path to citizenship. Petri said he would favor some legalization – but not until the borders are secured and people have confidence that a new wave of immigrants won’t enter the U.S. illegally. 

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