Immigration Newsletter

Friday, January 31, 2014

Republicans’ Immigration Blueprint Leaves Party at Odds and Democrats Hopeful -

CAMBRIDGE, Md. — The House Republican leadership’s call on Thursday to provide legal status for 11 million undocumented workers, and possible citizenship for those brought to this country as children, caused sharp division within the party even as it provided a starting point for negotiations with Democrats on overhauling the nation’s immigration system.
Many Republicans rejected the one-page “standards for immigration reform” outright, and others said now was not the time for a legislative push on a number of contentious issues in an election year with trends going their way. Even their leader was cautious about where the issue will go from here.
“It’s time to deal with it, but how you deal with it is critically important,” Speaker John A. Boehner of Ohio said Thursday at the Republican leaders’ annual issues conference retreat here. “It’s one thing to pass a law. It’s another thing to have the confidence of the American people behind that law.”

A closed-door discussion on immigration at the retreat was described by a House member as “very passionate,” with a “sizable bloc” opposing the leadership’s position. Members took turns expressing their distrust of President Obama and Senate Democrats as negotiating partners, and many of the Republicans said they were torn over whether to turn the principles into an actual legislative effort.

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my comment~
I hope and believe that this is the time for Immigration Reform. It sounds like all the GOP primaries are being accelerated this year. It would be good to get those out of the way to make a safe space for a vote on immigration without it accruing to the benefit of a TParty challenger.

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