Jeh Johnson Endorses Earned Path To Citizenship

01/28/2014 07:47 am ET | Updated Jan 28, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — Homeland Security Secretary Jeh (JAY) Johnson says he supports an earned path to citizenship for the millions of immigrants in the United States illegally, calling it a matter of national security.

Johnson outlined his views on immigration in a speech last week at the U.S. Conference of Mayors' annual meeting in Washington.

It was the first time Johnson had given specifics on the issue since he began heading the nation's immigration enforcement efforts last year. His remarks mirror those of his predecessor and President Barack Obama.

The Senate last year passed a comprehensive bill that addressed border security, provided enforcement measures and offered a path to citizenship for the estimated 11 million immigrants living in the country illegally. But House leaders have demanded a more limited and piecemeal approach.

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