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Is Immigration Reform Just Another GOP Broken Promise?

With just eight legislative days until the GOP-led House calls it quits for the year, it looks like the Republican ‘plan’ to take up comprehensive immigration reform will be just another GOP broken promise to the American people.

From the Los Angeles Times:

Changing the way the party talks about immigration is about all House Republicans have to show for their efforts over the last 11 months — and even that effort has notable exceptions…

In fact, the House’s most visible immigration-related action was a measure to defund an Obama administration program to defer deportations of young immigrants, a vote that increased Latino animosity even though it failed to become law…

“It’s foolhardy,” said Alex Nowrasteh, a policy analyst at the libertarian-leaning Cato Institute. “On the one hand, Republicans have improved their rhetoric and they’ve moved much more toward embracing immigration reform. On the other hand, immigration reform was passed in the Senate and was dropped in the House of Representatives, and that makes them look like they’re opposed to reform, which in a way, they are.”

If Speaker Boehner and GOP leaders would work with Democrats, there is still time to bring comprehensive immigration reform to the floor. The Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act (H.R. 15) has 191 cosponsors including 3 Republicans. It is time for a vote.

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