Rep. Dave Reichert, Republican from Washington, is the latest Republican to come out in favor of immigration reform with citizenship this week, just days after both Reps. Daniel Webster (R-FL) and Aaron Schock (R-IL) did the same. The Congressmen are now part of a group of at least 22 House Republicans who support immigration reform and citizenship–more than the number of Republicans who would be needed to join with Democrats to pass an immigration bill through the House.
Rep. Reichert made his comments yesterday on a conservative talk radio station, and said:
The problem is that those people who came illegally have a responsibility and a debt to pay, but there also is a responsibility on our part to recognize that the fed govt and immigration system failed…failed to secure borders and hold people accountable…that brings us to today to the 12 million folks, what do we do? What about those folks who have been here 25 years?…what do you do with those people?….I want them to pay a fine, there’s some penalties they have to through, I want to hold them accountable and then they get citizenship and pay taxes.
Listen to the audio: