A small group of protesters seeking an overhaul of U.S. immigration policy met Republican members of the House of Representatives on Wednesday as lawmakers arrived on the Eastern Shore for an annual policy retreat.
The protesters, organized by a group affiliated with CASA de Maryland, are pressing for legislation that would create a path to citizenship for millions of people who are living in the country illegally.
The GOP is holidng a three-day meeting in Cambridge, Md.
In a break from past statements on the issue, House Republicans are expected to discuss an immigration proposal at the meeting that would allow some of those immigrants to become citizens. The Senate passed a sweeping, bipartisan immigration bill last year.
Some Republican strategists believe taking action on immigration this year will help the party as it enters this fall's midterm election. A growing block of Hispanic and Asian American voters largely backed Democrats in 2012.
Lawmakers of both parties use the retreats to shape their messaging and policy proposals for the coming year. Both parties have frequently held their meetings on the Eastern Shore.