Boehner and Cantor: Citizenship for DREAMers is “basic fairness”

Today, during a GOP leaders conference, House Speaker John Boehner and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor reiterated their stance on a number of issues, including bipartisanship, border security and Obamacare.

But when asked about DREAMers and a pathway to citizenship, Boehner and Cantor agreed that legislation was needed to ensure they can stay here. As Cantor put it, “Where else would these kids go?”

“These children were brought at no accord of their own and frankly they’re in a very difficult position,” the speaker said. “And I think many of our members believe that this issue could be addressed.”

Though a bill hasn’t been formalized, Cantor said he and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) are working on legislation that would help DREAMers and be popular with both Democrats and Republicans.

“These, in many instances, are kids without a country if we don’t allow them to be full citizens of our country,” Cantor said. “It is not only a system–a issue of fairness, as the speaker said, it’s an issue of decency, of compassion.”

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