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Immigration reform: Amid GOP reservations, signs of flexibility

A hearing Tuesday offers a first look at how the GOP-led House might approach immigration reform, an issue that has vaulted to the top of Washington's agenda. Democrats were fairly pleased with what they saw.


After delivering a policy speech on immigration reform at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, Tuesday, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., talks to Fiona Zhou, a graduate student in systems engineering at George Washington University originally from Shaoxing, China,

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Republicans remain conflicted about reforming America’s immigration system, but judging from remarks by House majority leader Eric Cantor and the tone of the Republican-led House’s first hearing on immigration, they appear willing to join the immigration debate rather than try to short-circuit it. 

In a speech at the conservative American Enterprise Institute on Tuesday, Mr. Cantor, the No. 2 Republican in the House, offered support for the broad contours of the DREAM Act, long-stalled legislation that would allow the children of undocumented immigrants a special path to legal status in the US – and eventually citizenship. 

Cantor, one of the party’s foremost conservatives, voted against the DREAM Act in 2010. 

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