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US Republicans outline a path to legalise immigrants

Published on Jan 31, 2014 8:17 AM

CAMBRIDGE (AFP) - Republican lawmakers endorsed in principle the legalisation of millions of undocumented immigrants in the United States (US) on Thursday, but stopped short of backing a pathway to citizenship.

The majority party in the House of Representatives did, however, specify that it backs opportunities for young immigrants brought to the country illegally by their parents to become US citizens.

Most experts agree the Republicans' low level of support among voters of recent immigrant stock cost their candidates badly in recent elections, and the party is under pressure to reach out.

But many within the party ranks fear that passing legislation to help regularise the situation of millions of undocumented migrants could hurt them with voters from their white conservative base.

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