House GOP listens as Republican senators talk immigration

As Congress continues work on immigration reform, conservative House Republicans plan to meet with a group of select senators Wednesday to talk all sides of the issue.

Special guests at the House-side meeting will include Sens. Marco Rubio, R-Fla.; Mike Lee, R-Utah; Jeff Flake. R-Ariz.; Rand Paul, R-Ky.; and Jeff Sessions, R-Ala. That group includes two senators who helped author the Senate's comprehensive "Gang of 8" proposal, which includes a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants, two who oppose the legislation and one, Rand Paul, who is staying mysterious as to whether he will support the bill or not.

It makes sense that House members would be curious to hear from these lawmakers. The Senate has made rapid progress over the past two months towards passing an immigration that reforms the nation's visa system, increases security and surveillance at the border and creates a path to legalization and eventual citizenship for the 11 million illegal immigrants currently in the United States.

That bill is expected on the Senate floor next week and could be finished as early as the July 4th recess, though it could still undergo massive changes.

Meanwhile, prospects of passing any package in the House remain unclear.

One thing House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, has made clear: he won't just bring the Senate bill to the House floor and give it an up or down vote.

Conventional wisdom post-2012 election is that Republicans must pass an immigration bill to win over the Hispanic vote that they are so clearly losing based on last year's election results.

It may be true that passing a large immigration bill could benefit Republican senators politically since they represent entire states with diverse geography, populations and workforce needs. But it's not necessarily as advantageous for House Republicans who constantly look over their shoulder in fear of a primary opponent more conservative than they are and represent far less diverse districts.

Boehner has to walk the fine line of trying to pass some kind of reform, in order to not look like House Republicans killed immigration reform, while not causing a riot among his already-divided GOP conference.

That leaves two options for consideration in the House.

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