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84 House Republicans Support Legalizing Undocumented Workers

11:11 AM, Sep 30, 2013 • By MARIA SANTOS
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Speaker John Boehner has said he will not bring up any bill that does not have majority support from at least 118 Republicans. Republicans will insist on securing the border and maintaining respect for the law, and most will refuse liberals’ calls for pathways to citizenship. But, with over 100 open to legalization, and still others who have not explicitly opposed it, a path to legalization might not be far away.

A full list of the representatives is below. Some may have since changed their minds, but all spoke positively of legalizing immigrants within the last year.

1. Don Young, AK

“Like our colleagues drafting the bill, we believe this legislation should secure our border, streamline our legal immigration system and provide a clear and responsible path to citizenship for those already here.” (Source)

2. Spencer Bachus, AL

"A path to citizenship is not popular in Alabama. However, I have stated - against public opinion in my state - that I am for a path to citizenship because I don't believe in second-class citizens." (Source)

3. Paul Gosar, AZ

“Reforming our immigration system to address the status of the 11 million people in our country illegally should focus on normalizing their legal status without access to federal benefits or a special pathway to citizenship.” (Joint op-ed with Schweikert and Salmon) (Source)

4. Matt Salmon, AZ

see Gosar, AZ

5. David Schweikert, AZ

see Gosar, AZ

6. Trent Franks, AZ

"Like many conservative House Republicans, he emphasized a preference for allowing undocumented immigrants to gain legal status over a direct path to citizenship. And he said legalization must not crowd out immigrants already in line for green cards." (Source)

7. Jeff Denham, CA

On supporting a pathway to citizenship: “Given the parameters that are in the Senate bill — yes,” Denham said. “My hesitation is that when I talk to people in my district, ‘a pathway to citizenship’ always means something different to different people.”’ (Source)

8. Devin Nunes, CA

“The Chronicle contacted every GOP House member from California. Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Tulare, was the only other Republican to support a pathway.” (Source)

9. Paul Cook, CA

“Paul Cook from the northern Mojave Desert… support[s] legalization, as long as a bill includes strict border and visa enforcement.” (Source)

10. David Valadao, CA

“‘Once you talk to the members and explain to them it's a process, where they can work for it, appreciate it and someday become citizens -- just like my parents did -- most members begin to understand,’ Valadao said.” (Source)

11. Darrell Issa, CA

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