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5 House Republicans Who Are Key to Immigration

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King is emblematic of the struggles Republican leaders will have in selling an immigration bill to their own party

As a Texas Republican and chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, McCaul will be the point man for issues related to border security that come up during the immigration debate. In fact, at a committee hearing on Wednesday, he will lay out his legislative framework for securing the border. In the past, he has backed a border fence, and though he has said comprehensive immigration changes are both possible and necessary in the 113th Congress, he believes the country must first control the southern border to stop illegal traffic. He has also called for increased Border Patrol resources and more technical steps such as deploying decommissioned drones from the Middle East Theater to the southern border. McCaul also has a close relationship with Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Texas, which could help the GOP make inroads with the Blue Dog Coalition or the New Democrats if it needs to peel off Democratic votes for a tricky bill.

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