House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) on Wednesday backed the principles of the DREAM Act, which provides a path to citizenship to those who were brought to the United States illegally as children.
“This is about basic fairness,” he told reporters. “These children were brought here by no accord of their own, and frankly they’re in a very difficult position. And I think many of our members believe that this issue needs to be address.”
“It’s an issue of decency, of compassion,” said House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA). “Where else would these kids go?”
House Republicans are considering legislation that reflects the ideas of the DREAM Act as part of other piecemeal immigration reform measures.