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House Republicans held a closed door meeting to talk about the hot button issue of immigration reform.
How Fox News has learned the cheers erupted when the leadership said they would not take up the senate bill.
And after today's private meeting house Republican leaders put out a joint statement now it reads in part quote.
Today house Republicans affirm that rather than take up the flawed legislation.
Rushed through the senate house committees will continue their work.
On a step by step common sense approach to fixing what has been a long broken system.
The American people want our border secured our laws and force the problems in our immigration system fixed to strengthen our economy.
And here's why this is important -- house Republicans they need to take a strong stand on the issue.
That's why they were elected and the need to listen to what you the American people want.
And the decision by the leadership not to take up the senate bill as a good first step.
Second we've got to remember politicians have promised for years they would secure the border it's a law of the land right now it is not been done.
And finally comprehensive immigration reform.
Isn't not an easy topic to tackle lawmakers take their time get it right that's simple.
And joining me now to reaction to this -- much more syndicated columnist author Michelle Malkin reaction.
Well I have to give my qualified applause and praise to the Republican house leadership for listening to.
Their -- base.
Their own staunch conservative pro border security pro Homeland Security members.
But I think that now it's time for.
The American people to.
Launch what I call operation hold the line and stiffen the spine.
-- because I think we've gone through this enough times on capitol Hilton no.
That there is a chance to go wobbly when there are forces on both the big business right and on the a grievance mongering left open borders lobby left.
And when those alliances conspired.
To weak in the win -- Of those house Republican leaders we really need to raise our -- even more and make sure that this process is deliberate his.
And that anything that comes out of it is rooted in the constitution and the rule of law -- congress.
-- camps and the only consensus was on border security first.
John Boehner he did in conference say any bill that comes out of the senate conference perhaps -- rule applies -- a majority.
Republicans would have to support it back to me is a very good thing but I wanted to get your reaction.
Well once again I -- you have to have a corrected here and I think that in Washington if people are really seeks serious.
About making sure that our sovereignty is protected and that self preservation and the mission ongoing internal mission of the federal government to provide for the common defense we have to get rid of this -- this.
Latitude of border security first as I said -- Many times it is border security period -- Security is not some bargaining chip or some box that you just check often -- -- -- now and now let's have.
It's not conditional on anything OK it's not a means to the end it is at the end.
It is the basic core function of government.
-- and you know what we have here are.
These -- of Nader's.
Especially the Republicans here.
McCain and Graham and rubio who continue to be deluded into thinking that this is something that they can give away and get something in return and he's all of these people who think that.
That the ultimate goal is building a pathway to citizenship for twenty million illegal aliens no that is not the fundamental goal of our government and it shouldn't be of.
Any Republican whose worth his salt what did you think of the comments by speaker Boehner and congressman Paul Ryan.
Arguing to the conference that they would be in a much weaker position if they fail to act.
You know went.
They they really just needed to enforce the laws that are already on the block and resist.
-- finally this pressure.
To basically obamacare -- Immigration policy so this statement that they put out I think is very reassuring but I've heard enough from people behind the scenes.
House Republicans on the hill who had been staunchly for ensuring that we abide by the constitution and that we make sure that we are doing right by the people who follow Milan are doing at the right way any kind of got the -- -- immigration reform has to recognize.
That the goal is immigration control that it is up to our country did to decide and to do it in a deliberate way.
Who gets -- and who stays out and to make -- short but people who don't belong here are kept out if you look at every door into this country the front toward the back -- the revolving door they're all busted.
And so we don't say well you know we can fix all of this just wait a couple of years we've got his grand.
Scheme now just.
And just trust us no no no no I think the deep ball has to be -- trust because we can't even do the basic things for example and I think this is hopefully what the house Republican -- leadership understands now.
In their in their statement they said that we need a step by step common sense approach.
Start with one thing and prove he can do it entry exit system which -- Protestant pastor until lost six times of -- last seventeen years.
And had yet to produce another dealer -- one thing prove it the border -- by law now should be secure all right you said border security period.
And it and we have a right as a country to sovereign borders are right assuming.
And that's a big assumption here we're talking -- our politicians assuming they get the job done.
What about the people that are in this country illegally quote Michelle -- to.
Well I think after -- Let's let's just have this fantasy land that border security is achieved okay that's not the only thing that we have to do to secure the homeland.
There's an entire.
These are -- -- -- of time I'm -- those things get done what do you do with the people that didn't enter this country Obey our laws and our sovereignty what what do we do with.
-- it well guess what you wait you wait until America's house is an order and you count your blessings that it's so dysfunctional that the government hasn't caught up TO.
And you do what you do.
And we do what we do and we try and get the government to do the right thing by the people who have followed the law.
There are millions of people waiting and who have applied there are 600000 people have been ordered deported who have yet to be deported and of course there are eleven million people out of work.
Who should take priority over the thirty million people who are here illegally threatened shoved them.
Good to -- Nice bright and.
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