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Republicans Tackle Immigration

January 20, 2014
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By the end of January, we will know much more about the chances of immigration reform in this Congress.

That is when the Republicans in the House of Representative meet. House Speaker John Boehner will present his “principles” for immigration reform to his members in the House. If they agree, talks on immigration bills will start.

Speaker Boehner rejects the reform bill passed by the Senate last June. He wants the House to consider each of the issues, one at a time. Border security is one issue. The House wants certain benchmarks. The percent of border crossings that are stopped could be a number to be reached before other parts of the law would go into effect.

Another issue is the path to legalization and citizenship. The hard right-wing of the Republican Party sees citizenship as “amnesty.” Some Republicans seem willing to extend full rights to “Dreamers”  (the children of undocumented residents).

Immigration reform is different from health care reform. Most of the country supports immigration reform. Many Republicans are for it. The business community is for it. It could matter in the election for president in 2016.

The politics are important. Agreement on a bill or bills would mean the Congress is acting in the interest of the public. The tea party will oppose any reform leading to citizenship.

The tea party is trying to control the voting in the House of Representatives. Losing the battle over immigration reform could mean it would have less influence in the future.

 Source: The New York Times                                                                                             January 8, 2014

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