Prospects uncertain for immigration legislation

7:10 PM, Feb 2, 2014   |    comments
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WASHINGTON (AP) - Prospects for passage of immigration reform legislation remain uncertain. The White House says any legislation must include a way for those living in the U.S. illegally to earn citizenship. House Republicans are pushing a piecemeal approach to immigration that puts a priority on security. That strategy runs counter to a comprehensive bill passed by the Senate that includes a long and difficult pathway to citizenship.

Days after House Republicans unveiled a roadmap for an overhaul of the nation's immigration system, one of its backers says it's unlikely any legislation will pass during this election year. Paul Ryan tells ABC's "This Week" that distrust of President Barack Obama runs too deep in the Republican caucus. The Wisconsin Republican congressman says a plan that puts security first could only pass if lawmakers believe the administration would enforce it.

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