Rep. Jeff Denham, R-Calif., said Tuesday that members of the House on both sides of the aisle must come together to decide on an immigration bill they can vote on.
The congressman, who is a key GOP figure in a bipartisan coalition to force a vote on immigration, told CNN's "New Day" that only two more Republicans need to sign on, and that those signatures will come soon. At the center of the issue is the legal status of Dreamers, as those in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program are known.
"Our goal here has always been to see [bipartisan] legislation. . . that'll move to the Senate and actually get signed into law," he said.
"So, we are still working with the speaker, House leadership, to come up with that bill, hopefully a compromise bill. And if not, move forward on a full debate in front of the American public."
He was then asked about an op-ed in the National Review by anti-immigration advocate Mark Krikorian that said the "Uniting and Securing America" or "USA" Act, which is among the bill being considered "would pair an amnesty even more expansive than the 1.8 million illegal aliens that the president has agreed to, with some unremarkable border-security window-dressing that would do nothing to contain the fallout of the amnesty."
Denham responded: "It's just not true. This would be an earned pathway, it would be a long twelve-year process, five years… in a visa-type system that would allow you to stay here, work here, go to school here, serve in the military… but ultimately we have to find a solution that includes border security, we again want something that the president will sign into law.
"He's been very clear that he needs border security as part of this, and we're working in a bipartisan fashion to get that done."
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