Dems draw firm line on path to citizenship

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional Democrats say they will not agree to any immigration bill that lacks a path to citizenship for the 11 million immigrants living illegally in the United States.

Senators and House members staked out the position after a private meeting Tuesday morning between the House Democratic caucus and the four Senate Democrats who helped write a comprehensive immigration bill that passed the Senate last month.

Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York said America has stood for citizenship and Democrats will not accept less.

The stance could create difficulties as the House, which is controlled by Republicans, deliberates how to handle immigration.

Republican Congressman Trey Gowdy of South Carolina said that if Democrats insist on citizenship for all 11 million or nothing, they may end up with nothing. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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