Democrats will likely jump on board the Republican plan for immigration reform, according to Byron York, chief political correspondent for The Washington Examiner and Fox News contributor.
"[Democrats] would probably settle for legalization now," York told John Bachman, guest host of "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.
"Because if you legalize the 11 or 12 million who are here illegally right now, then you could immediately begin a campaign, a political campaign, a legal campaign, lawsuits to try to confer citizenship on those people who would now be here illegally and not 'in the shadows' anymore."
On Thursday, House Republican leaders approved a limited path to legal status for some illegal immigrants.
It rules out citizenship, but allows those living in the U.S. illegally to stay if they pass background checks, pay fines and back taxes, learn English and support themselves without welfare.
York says Democrats are beginning to realize that legalization is the right path to follow.
"Once that happens then we can work on citizenship, we can argue against having second-class citizens in the United States, as you … heard the president say," York said.
"So legalization is really the whole ballgame and then the whole ballgame as far as legalization is concerned is does it come immediately or does it have to wait until new enforcement measures are not just passed, are not just funded, but are actually up and running?"
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