White House slams House GOP plan for immigrants

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WASHINGTON (AP) - A White House senior adviser is accusing the House GOP of "cruel hypocrisy" for contemplating legal status for unauthorized immigrants brought to the U.S. as children - without also legalizing their parents.
   
Dan Pfeiffer says over Twitter that the plan boils down to allowing some kids to stay while deporting their parents.
   
Pfeiffer's comment Tuesday comes as the House Judiciary Committee prepares to convene a hearing on what to do about immigrants brought illegally to the U.S. as children. House GOP leaders have endorsed a path to citizenship for some of these immigrants.
   
But Democrats and immigration advocates say that's not enough. They are holding out for comprehensive legislation offering citizenship to all 11 million immigrants here illegally, like the Senate has passed. Many House Republicans oppose that approach.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - A House committee is holding a hearing on what to do about child immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as lawmakers search for a way forward on immigration in the Republican-led chamber.
   
Leaders of the House Judiciary Committee are expected to endorse a path to citizenship for at least some of those immigrants during the hearing Tuesday. Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor are working on a bill targeting immigrants brought here as kids.
   
But they may face opposition from Democrats, who are pushing for a comprehensive solution that deals with all 11 million immigrants here illegally, not just some of them.
   
The Senate has passed comprehensive legislation offering citizenship to all 11 million, but House Republicans have rejected that bill.

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