Immigration Newsletter

Monday, November 11, 2013

Immigration Vote Unlikely This Year, Lawmaker Says - NYTimes.com

Immigration Vote Unlikely This Year, Lawmaker Says - NYTimes.com
reported by Julia Preston : click the link to see the article in full
A top Republican lawmaker told protesters he met with in his home district in California this week that the House of Representatives would not have time this year to vote on any immigration measure.
Representative Kevin McCarthy, the majority whip, told demonstrators in his office in Bakersfield on Wednesday night that the 16 days remaining on the House calendar in 2013 were too short a window for the House to take up the complex issue. But he said he was committed to moving on immigration votes in the House next year. 
The comments were reported by Angelica Salas, the executive director of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles, who was one of the protesters who occupied Mr. McCarthy’s office for 10 hours on Wednesday. 

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So, the GOP wants to pass Comprehensive Immigration Reform in an election year. Interesting. It would appear that the current incumbents would like to wait until the last possible moment to spring this so as to avoid giving negative ad bait to any possibly more rabid restrictionist primary opponents. Then run on how immigrant friendly they are in a general election. Well, if it will get the votes needed - then go for it! That's what I think anyway.