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07/10/2013 06:06 pm ET

House Republicans Criticize Immigration Bill As 'Obamacare-Like' Measure

AP

WASHINGTON — House Republicans leaders are warning about enacting an `Obamacare-like' immigration bill.

In a statement after a closed-door meeting of GOP rank and file, the leaders soundly rejected the bipartisan Senate bill that includes a path to citizenship and increased border security. They called that legislation flawed.

Speaker John Boehner and other leaders said the House would take a step-by-step approach to rewriting the nation's immigration laws. They said Obama's recent decision to delay an employer requirement in the health care bill raised concerns among the American people that the administration cannot be trusted to secure the border and enforce the law.

Below, the full statement:

“Today House Republicans affirmed that rather than take up the flawed legislation rushed through the Senate, House committees will continue their work on a step-by-step, common-sense approach to fixing what has long been a broken system. The American people want our border secured, our laws enforced, and the problems in our immigration system fixed to strengthen our economy. But they don’t trust a Democratic-controlled Washington, and they’re alarmed by the president’s ongoing insistence on enacting a single, massive, Obamacare-like bill rather than pursuing a step-by-step, common-sense approach to actually fix the problem. The president has also demonstrated he is willing to unilaterally delay or ignore significant portions of laws he himself has signed, raising concerns among Americans that this administration cannot be trusted to deliver on its promises to secure the border and enforce laws as part of a single, massive bill like the one passed by the Senate.”

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