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If this guy’s opinion holds sway in his party, the GOP is doomed to political failure

Conventional political wisdom these days holds that the Republican Party has to soften its stance on immigration if it’s going to reverse the trend that has seen it lose the popular vote in five of the last six presidential elections.

But stuff like THIS defies that wisdom:

Immigration reform’s chances in the House are looking bleaker after one of the top Republicans tasked with shepherding a bill to passage ruled out a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.

Rep. Bob Goodlatte [above], chair of the Judiciary Committee that will mark up any House legislation on the issue, told NPR this week that he will not support a bill that eventually grants citizenship for the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants in America.

“People have a pathway to citizenship right now: It’s to abide by the immigration laws, and if they have a family relationship, if they have a job skill that allows them to do that, they can obtain citizenship,” Goodlatte said. “But simply someone who broke the law, came here, [to] say, ‘I’ll give you citizenship now,’ that I don’t think is going to happen.”

The so-called “path to citizenship” is a centerpieceof legislation proposed by the White House and by a bipartisan Senate group working on the issue. Both plans would allow undocumented immigrants to first gain a provisional legal status that lets them work, then apply for a green card and eventually citizenship after learning English, U.S. history, and civics, and paying fines and back taxes. Under the White House’s plan, immigrants would likely have to wait at least eight years before they could apply for a green card and another five years for citizenship.

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