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House committee to review issue of children living without documents

Updated: Tuesday, July 23 2013, 03:51 PM MDT

By: Ruben Veloz

EL PASO, Texas --

A U.S. House of Representatives committee is looking for a way to deal with the millions of undocumented children living in the United States.

Members in the Republican-led chamber will look at a plan that could possibly legalize the status of some of those children.

It's estimated that more than 1 million undocumented children are currently living in the United States. Many of them are under the age of 18, and were brought to the U.S. as infants.

During Tuesday's hearing, members of the House Judiciary Committee are expected to endorse a new bill that could bring those undocumented kids a path to citizenship.

Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor are some of the leaders who are pushing the move, but they may face some opposition.

As KFOX14 previously reported, U.S. senators are trying to negotiate a bill that could bring all 11 million undocumented immigrants a pathway to citizenship, but House Republicans have rejected that bill.

According to the Pew Research Center, 58 percent of undocumented immigrants living in the U.S. are from Mexico.

The last time there was an immigration overhaul was in 1986, during Ronald Reagan's presidency.

House committee to review issue of children living without documents


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