White House slams House GOP plan for immigrants

By Erica Werner

Associated Press

Published: Tuesday, July 23 2013 9:43 a.m. MDT

FILE - In this Jan. 16, 2013 file photo, President Barack Obama, and White House Senior Advisor Dan Pfeiffer react to a reporter's question as they leave the Treasury Department in Washington. Pfeiffer, on Tuesday, July 23, 2013, accused the House GOP of “cruel hypocrisy” for contemplating legal status for unauthorized immigrants brought to the U.S. as children _ without also legalizing their parents.

Charles Dharapak, File, Associated Press

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WASHINGTON — A White House senior adviser is accusing the House GOP of "cruel hypocrisy" for contemplating legal status for unauthorized immigrants brought to the U.S. as children — without also legalizing their parents.

Dan Pfeiffer (FI'-fer) says over Twitter that the plan boils down to allowing some kids to stay while deporting their parents.

Pfeiffer's comment Tuesday comes as the House Judiciary Committee prepares to convene a hearing on what to do about immigrants brought illegally to the U.S. as children. House GOP leaders have endorsed a path to citizenship for some of these immigrants.

But Democrats and immigration advocates say that's not enough. They are holding out for comprehensive legislation offering citizenship to all 11 million immigrants here illegally, like the Senate has passed. Many House Republicans oppose that approach.

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