House Republicans Cast Wary Eye on Immigration Reform.

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The biggest proposed overhaul of U.S. immigration laws in a generation won bipartisan approval from a powerful Senate committee last week, but there is a strong chance that Republicans in the House of Representatives will end up killing it.The problem: House Republicans are far from convinced by arguments from party leaders that passage of the bill would help Republicans draw support from Hispanic voters. Many also believe any kind of amnesty for the estimated 11 million immigrants who are in the United States illegally is just plain wrong.

“There is no evidence to support this idea that Republicans will pick up a lot of votes if we give amnesty to 11 million folks,” said Representative Tim Huelskamp, a Kansas Republican.

One possibility is that the House will vote for watered-down reform, including more visas for highly skilled workers. But it likely will not include a way for…

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