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In immigration news: Senate plan hits resistance in House, the demographics of reform opponents' districts, more

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Immigration reform supporters march during a May Day protest May 1, 2011, in downtown Los Angeles. A comprehensive reform bill passed in the Senate last month, but it's hit resistance this week in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives.

Republicans in House resist overhaul for immigration - New York Times After a meeting of House Republicans Wednesday, "the bottom line was clear: The Republican-controlled House does not plan to take up anything resembling the Senate bill, which many believe is bad policy and smacks of an amnesty strongly opposed by the conservatives who hold sway over much of the rank and file." House Speaker John Boehner warned that a lack of action could have negative consequences.

House Republicans pitch scaled-back immigration approach - Los Angeles Times Some House Republicans opposed to the broad legalization plan proposed by the Senate are pitching an limited "kids first" approach, which would offer a path to citizenship only for unauthorized immigrants who arrived in the U.S. as children.

House GOP split over immigration reform - CNN From the story: "Participants in the Republican caucus meeting described a 50-50 split over the undocumented immigrant issue, with more consensus on the need to produce some kind of legislation to show the party's commitment to fixing a broken system and addressing concerns of Hispanic Americans." There was some willingness to compromise with Democrats, but House GOP lawmakers "insisted they would take their time drafting their own version" of an immigration bill, rather than the Senate's plan.

Bush's call for GOP to embrace immigration reform seems to have little effect - Washington Post On Wednesday former president George W. Bush spoke in favor of comprehensive immigration reform, which he has long supported, during a naturalization ceremony at his presidential library in Dallas. But his fellow Republicans in the House seem headed in a different direction.

Lawmakers who really oppose immigration reform come from really white districts - BuzzFeed Demographic profiles of the districts represented by 10 House members who strongly oppose immigration reform. These districts are similar in that they have relatively few people of color, in comparison with non-Latino whites. For members of Congress with majority-white districts, there's little to be gained from courting Latino voters.

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