House GOP holds steady on immigration

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Posted: Thursday, July 11, 2013 12:00 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — Divided on immigration, House Republicans bluntly challenged President Barack Obama’s willingness to secure the nation’s borders on Wednesday and appeared unimpressed by former President George W. Bush’s advice to carry a “benevolent spirit” into a debate that includes a possible path to citizenship for millions.

Emerging from a closed-door meeting, GOP leaders affirmed a step-by-step approach to immigration but offered neither specifics nor a timetable — nor any mention of possible citizenship for an estimated 11 million immigrants living in the country unlawfully.

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