July 12, 2013: Ed O'Keefe of the Washington Post reported this morning that "top House Republicans" are working on a bill that would "establish ways for the children of undocumented immigrants to become legal residents and possibly U.S. citizens." House Judiciary Commitee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) released a statement today saying that he was working with House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA):
...on a bill to provide a legal status to those who were brought illegally to the U.S. as children by their parents. These children came here through no fault of their own and many of them know no other home than the United States.
The as-yet-unwritten bill would evidently codify President Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA) which, to date, has granted social security numbers and legal residency to children "brought illegally to the U.S. ... through no fault of their own..."
In June, Obama announced the success of DACA, and released the most recent figures (May 2013): 497,960 applications had been accepted, and deferred action had been approved in 291,859 cases.