By Jonathan Easley - 08/09/13 06:35 PM EDT
Rep. Buck McKeon (R-Calif.) said Congress should focus its immigration policy on securing the southern border with Mexico because Arab terrorists disguised as Hispanics could try to cross into the country illegally.
McKeon said he supports an immigration reform policy that includes a pathway to citizenship for the nation’s estimated 11 million illegal immigrants.
“I would secure the border,” he continued. “I would come up with a program to make everybody here — you say 11 million, we don’t know how many there are — we need to find out, and one way I think to do it would be to make everybody legal. To give them some kind of status to bring them into the system, and then we have to follow the system.”
Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (D-Ill.) said in an interview Friday that 40 to 50 House Republicans would support immigration reform. Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has said he will only bring an immigration bill to the House floor if it is supported by a majority of his conference.