Republican leaders are opening the door for the children of illegal immigrants to stay in the United States.
House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, is endorsing legislation that would allow children brought here illegally by their parents to become citizens.
"These children were brought here of no accord of their own, and frankly they're in a very difficult position," The Hill quoted Boehner said. "And I think many of our members believe that this issue needs to be addressed."
Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., who's helping craft the bill, agreed, saying it's the compassionate thing to do.
"The history of our country is one that has moved away from holding kids liable for the deeds, misdeeds, commitment of crimes by parents. These are, in many instances, kids without a country if we don't allow them to become full citizens of our country," Cantor told reporters Wednesday.
Democrats welcomed the move but warned they won't support an effort that ignores the millions of other illegal immigrants.