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Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014

House GOP to discuss its own immigration plan

      House Republicans are to discuss their own immigration plan at a three-day retreat this week, the Los Angeles Times reported.

      The story concluded with a quote showing how difficult it may be for Republicans to come up with a plan that can not only pass the House but gain muster in the Senate, which passed its own plan last year.

     The story ended by saying that Republicans such as Rep. Steve King of Iowa "remain staunchly opposed" to a path to U.S. citizenship for those in the country illegally; the paper said King believed that such immigrants will vote Democratic if they become citizens. "It's political suicide for Republicans to do this," King told the paper.

Los Angeles Times: "House Republicans consider their own immigration plan: At a three-day Republican retreat this week, House Speaker John A. Boehner will issue proposals including a path to citizenship for immigrants in the country illegally."

Update, Jan. 31: Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., and Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., express hope in a PBS Newshour joint interview that the House and Senate will be able to come up with an immigration bill this year.