House GOP leadership ready to support Gang of Eight’s amnesty bill?
However, the details of the House bill aren’t as important as Boehner’s apparent willingness to support the bill.
That’s because any bill — even one that curbs immigration — which is passed by the House can be completely changed during a later House and Senate conference, if Boehner agrees.
“The fear is that the House Republican leadership would use the passage of any immigration bill, even a small one, as an excuse to negotiate an broad amnesty deal with the Senate,” said a statement from Mark Krikorian, the director of the Center for Immigration Studies, which wants to halve the current inflow of 1 million people per year.
The Senate bill, which sketched out in January, would grant work permits and a path to citizenship and the ballot box for 11 million illegal immigrants. It would also allow them to eventually bring in some of their relatives.