U.S. immigration reform advocates see new hope in 2014

A woman holds the Oath of Allegiance at a naturalization ceremony for new U.S. citizens in Los AngelesBy Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Immigration reform advocates, who saw their hopes dashed in 2013 for major legislation, are encouraged by stirrings in the Republican-led House of Representatives for taking up the issue. The Senate last June passed a sweeping immigration bill that would give millions of undocumented immigrants a pathway to citizenship but the legislation has languished in the House. House Speaker John Boehner informed his rank-and-file on January 8 that leading House Republicans were preparing to lay out “principles” for immigration legislation, according to Republicans who attended the closed-door meeting. “It’s now becoming clearer that the House Republican leadership…are determined to move forward to floor action.” But 2013 began on a similarly upbeat note after President Barack Obama cruised to re-election the previous November with the support of more than 70 percent of Hispanic voters who have been clamoring for immigration reforms.

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