House Leaders Say They Now Support DREAM Act, At Least in Theory

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As the Senate's immigration-reform bill stalls in the House (more on that in this week's print edition), Talking Points Memo reports that House Speaker John Boehner and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor are speaking up in favor of some kind of DREAM Act legislation:

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) on Wednesday backed the principles of the DREAM Act, which provides a path to citizenship to those who were brought to the United States illegally as children.

"This is about basic fairness," he told reporters. "These children were brought here by no accord of their own, and frankly they're in a very difficult position. And I think many of our members believe that this issue needs to be address."

"It's an issue of decency, of compassion," said House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA). "Where else would these kids go?"

It's one thing to say a few sympathetic lines and another to actually craft legislation. We'll see how far a bill actually gets.

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