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July 10, 2013

House GOP leaders: Republicans will pursue immigration overhaul step by step

House of Representatives Republicans met for two and a half hours Wednesday to discuss immigration, and afterwards, participants described the mood as polite, though no agreements were reached.

Here's a post-meeting statement from House Republican leaders, led by Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio:

"Today House Republicans affirmed that rather than take up the flawed legislation rushed through the Senate, House committees will continue their work on a step-by-step, common-sense approach to fixing what has long been a broken system.

"The American people want our border secured, our laws enforced, and the problems in our immigration system fixed to strengthen our economy. But they don’t trust a Democratic-controlled Washington, and they’re alarmed by the president’s ongoing insistence on enacting a single, massive, Obamacare-like bill rather than pursuing a step-by-step, common-sense approach to actually fix the problem. "

The president has also demonstrated he is willing to unilaterally delay or ignore significant portions of laws he himself has signed, raising concerns among Americans that this administration cannot be trusted to deliver on its promises to secure the border and enforce laws as part of a single, massive bill like the one passed by the Senate."

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