Newspaper article Roll Call

Democrats See Hopeful Signals from Republicans on Immigration

Newspaper article Roll Call

Democrats See Hopeful Signals from Republicans on Immigration

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LEESBURG, Va. - Top Democrats are walking a fine line in assessing the GOP's signals on an immigration overhaul, both criticizing what they described as tepid steps forward by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor while praising what Republicans privately say they will be willing to do.

At a speech billed as a rebranding of the GOP's image, the Virginia Republican said he would support citizenship for young people brought to the country illegally as children.

But Democratic Caucus Chairman Xavier Becerra called the shift small potatoes.

"Been there, done that. We've moved on. I think the American people have moved on. It's great that our Republican colleagues are catching up," the California lawmaker said at a news conference here, where House Democrats are gathered for a retreat over the next two days.

But Becerra, who is part of a secretive bipartisan working group on the topic that includes several conservative Republican lawmakers, did not dismiss signals by the GOP that it is open to moving immigration legislation. …

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