The Washington Times - January 29, 2013, 01:39PM

The House Judiciary Committee will hold its first immigration hearing on Feb. 5, as congressional Republicans begin to grapple with the hot-potato political issue.

Eight senators on Monday released a framework for an immigration bill that would grant instant legal status to all illegal immigrants, then eventually award them green cards once the government has done more on border security.

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House Judiciary Committee Chairman Robert W. Goodlatte, the Virginia Republican who will oversee his party’s efforts in that chamber, said all sides “should cautiously study” the plans being floated.

“When we look at proposals that deal with the legal status of 11 million illegal immigrants currently living in the U.S., the American people and members of Congress have a lot of questions about how this would work, what it would cost, and how it will prevent illegal immigration in the future,” he said. “This issue is too important to not examine each piece in detail. That is why the House Judiciary Committee’s first hearing will explore ways to fix our broken immigration system.”

A committee aide said that first hearing will be Feb. 5, next Tuesday.

Mr. Goodlatte’s counterpart in the Senate, Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick J. Leahy, Vermont Democrat, has also said he’ll hold his first hearing in February. No date has been set yet.