By Daniel González, Erin Kelly and Rebekah Sanders
Republican House leaders released long-awaited guidelines for overhauling the nation’s immigration system Thursday, drawing measured praise from reform supporters for opening the door to negotiations with Democrats that could lead to passage of a bill this year.
But the guidelines also set off a fiery debate among immigration advocates. On one side are those who are willing to settle for the GOP’s offer of legalization for undocumented immigrants but no special pathway to citizenship. On the other are those who insist any immigration reform bill must ultimately include citizenship.
“I would take it for now,” said Lydia Guzman, national immigration chair for the League of United Latin American Citizens, a civil-rights and immigrant-advocacy group.
“No,” said Petra Falcon, executive director of the Phoenix-based advocacy group Promise Arizona.
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