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Chance for Immigration Reform Fading Fast

February 10, 2014
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 It looks like immigration reform is already in trouble. Republicans say that they do not believe President Obama will “enforce” the law. In other words, they do not trust him.

That is not the only reason Republicans are reluctant to support immigration reform. It is not even the big reason. The real reason is that many Republicans are against any legalization of undocumented people. They say any path to citizenship is a form of “amnesty.”

A big fight within the Republican party will make it harder for some members to keep their jobs. Most congressional districts are drawn to favor one party. Primaries are elections within the same party. The right-wing tea party will put up candidates against supporters of immigration reform. They think the voters in those congressional districts are very conservative.

What these Republicans really want to do is focus on the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). They think this will help them in their elections. Polls show many people have been turned off by the way the law is being carried out. They are worried about the cost of health insurance going up. There are concerns about the coverage.

The entire House is up for reelection this year. About one-third of the Senate is as well. All politics is about the election. Republicans want to keep their majority in the House. They want to take control of the Senate.

The president and leaders in the congress will say there is still a chance for immigration reform. There always is.

Source: The Arizona Republic                                                                                            February 2, 2014


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