CNN reports that a group of conservative leaders in the U.S. House of Representatives unveiled their immigration bill, which includes a wish list of conservative requests and a number of provisions that would be nonstarters to Democrats and some moderate Republicans.
In a news conference, Reps. Bob Goodlatte of Virginia, Mike McCaul of Texas, Martha McSally of Arizona and Raul Labrador of Idaho all emphasized President Trump's mention of their work in the White House immigration meeting earlier this week, with Goodlatte and McCaul characterizing it as blessing the bill as a "starting point."
"The purpose of our legislation is pretty simple: It helps ... President Trump keep his promises to the American people to fix our broken immigration system," Labrador said, adding that a number of provisions that deal with interior immigration enforcement that are heavily controversial are actually under the category of border security, in his view.
"Whether it's the border or the interior enforcement, which is a 'legal wall,' if you will, to ensure -- to stop the flow of illegal immigration into the country," Labrador said. "All those issues are needed for border security."
A Senate group of conservatives who produced a proposal similar to the House group's released a joint statement making the same point -- that border security could encompass far-reaching immigration enforcement.