Accord on immigration reform seen as unlikely


The lead negotiator for the House says a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants is a “nonstarter.”

WASHINGTON – The prime architect of the House’s hard-line bill on immigration policy expressed skepticism Friday about the chances of finding common ground with the Senate, saying he viewed the two chambers as “moons apart” on the issue.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman James Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., insisted that he was committed to trying to reach a compromise with the Senate.

“I would like to see a bill passed and signed into a law,” he said.

But he added: “However, I am a realist.”

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