Immigration Reform Update: Key House Republicans State That A Scaled Back Immigration Bill Is Still On Its Agenda

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Since the U.S. Senate approved a bipartisan Comprehensive Immigration Reform plan in June, attention has turned to the U.S. House of Representatives to see if an overhaul of the current immigration system will take place this year.  House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) recently stated at a roundtable discussion on Capitol Hill that he hopes the House will begin considering smaller proposed immigration bills next month. Goodlatte has indicated that he is open to granting legal status to law-abiding undocumented immigrants and is reportedly working on a bill that would grant such status to young people who were brought into the country illegally by their parents.  House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) also recently informed immigration advocates that immigration reform remains on the agenda despite a crowded calendar.  Notwithstanding these expressions of support for limited immigration reform, there are appears little sign that the House will pass anything similar in scope to the comprehensive immigration bill passed by the Senate earlier this year.