Perhaps Speaker John Boehner and his House Republican caucus will reconsider now that the nonpartisan Public Religion Research Institute has released a report showing that 63 percent of Americans support a pathway to citizenship for the 11.7 million illegal immigrants living in this country. Such a pathway is part of a comprehensive makeover of the immigration system approved by the U.S. Senate.

Boehner has said no to the House taking up the Senate bill. His caucus prefers a piece-by-piece approach. Unfortunately, those pieces will not likely include a pathway to citizenship.

The Senate legislation hardly makes the path easy, the process covering 13 years and requiring such things as paying back taxes and passing a background check. The report found that when those elements are added, support for citizenship increases — to 71 percent, with strong majorities of Republicans, Democrats and independents.

The broad support mirrors the developing consensus of businesses, from farmers to manufacturers, touting the merits of the Senate approach. They highlight the boost for the economy. Heed the views of the public and business leaders, aid the economy and more, repair the party’s standing with Latino voters? Won’t the speaker and his allies reconsider?