21 May 2014

Supporters urge a vote as military amnesty bill hits roadblock in House | RallyPoint.com

Military News - Supporters urge a vote as military amnesty bill hits roadblock in House

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By Travis J. Tritten
Copyright: Stars and Stripes

WASHINGTON — House lawmakers and undocumented immigrants rallied Tuesday in front of the Capitol, urging Majority Leader Eric Cantor to drop opposition to a 2015 defense bill amendment granting citizenship to those who live in the country illegally if they serve in the military.

The proposal by Rep. Jeff Denham, R-Calif., has won some bipartisan support in the House. But it appears in deep legislative trouble because Cantor, a Republican from Virginia, has said he will block any attempt to add the immigration measure to the must-pass Department of Defense budget bill for the coming year.

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