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House GOP hardliners vow to fight Senate immigration bill

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The Senate Judiciary Committee began a second day of debate Tuesday over amendments to the 844-page immigration bill. Republican lawmakers on the House side are already lining up to shoot down whatever immigration bill the Senate sends their way.

The House has not yet introduced a comprehensive immigration bill.

But a half dozen GOP members say they're ready to reject the measure currently under consideration in the Senate. Texas Congressman Louie Gohmert and his colleagues want to secure the border and go after those who've overstayed their visas. What they don't want is a path to citizenship for the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants currently living in the U.S.

Speaking at a press conference outside the Capitol, Gohmert said when we "ignore the rule of law, we actually become like countries that many immigrants are fleeing because the rule of law, if it's not observed, then you have chaos."

None of the citizenship hard-liners at Tuesday's press conference are from California, though Iowa Congressman Steve King says "there are a lot of rule-of-law Republicans" who stand with them.

On Wednesday, the House Homeland Security Committee debates a bill requiring a "comprehensive strategy to gain and maintain operational control" of the borders. 
 

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