Washington (AP) – Congressional Democrats said they will not agree to any immigration bill that lacks a path to citizenship for the 11 million immigrants living illegally in the United States.
Senators and House members staked out the position after a private meeting Tuesday morning between the House Democratic caucus and the four Senate Democrats who helped write a comprehensive immigration bill that passed the Senate last month.
Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said America has stood for citizenship and Democrats will not accept less.
The stance could create difficulties as the House, which is controlled by Republicans, deliberates how to handle immigration.
Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) said if Democrats insist on citizenship for all 11 million or nothing, they may end up with nothing.