Backers of immigration reform spar with opponents in House as Boehner works on GOP policies

  • Article by: DONNA CASSATA , Associated Press
  • Updated: January 8, 2014 - 10:41 PM

WASHINGTON — Conservatives and the nation's biggest business lobby sparred Wednesday over immigration overhaul, with advocates vowing a renewed effort to get the House to act this year and opponents digging in against anything that shifts the political spotlight from President Barack Obama's troubled health care law.

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elmore1Jan. 8, 14 3:17 PM

The headline should be "Illegal Immigration Foes". I haven't heard anyone against "legal" immigration.

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JRBJan. 8, 14 6:05 PM

elmore1, I was just going to type the same thing. They did change the headline in the article here but not the link that appears on the Politics front page.

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avejoeconJan. 8, 14 6:11 PM

Obama needs to chose. Is unemployment a problem or does he want to bring in 30 MILLION more illegals to complete for jobs. He wants it both ways.

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theruntJan. 8, 14 6:23 PM

It's not just the Chamber of Commerce that favors the Senate bill. A significant majority of Americans favor it. Free from fear these immigrants will start business and employ people. The Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy says local and state governments would reap $2 billion per year in tax revenue. Analysis by the Social Security Administrations say the bill would strengthen the Social Security trust fund by adding millions of workers to tax rolls, and provide a boost to the overall economy. Catholics are united in favor. If it doesn't pass, Republicans will take a hit this November.

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ciamanJan. 8, 14 6:44 PM

We all know that this President and his Democratic friends want another 30 million more illegal aliens to be here since they will vote for the Democrats at a rate of about 90 percent for them. We do not have jobs for the true Americans cannot find decent jobs here at all. What gives, then? Just another proxy for the Democrats. If that passes, the Republicans will be dead. And you know it.

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firefight41Jan. 8, 14 6:55 PM

Why is Washington discussing immigration reform? Obama guaranteed that he would have immigration reform the first year in office - 2009. So it should be done since it now is 2014

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ikyabwaiJan. 8, 14 8:07 PM

Obama needs to chose. Is unemployment a problem or does he want to bring in 30 MILLION more illegals to complete for jobs. He wants it both ways. ======================================== And so having them here taking jobs and NOT PAYING TAXES is better while we burn millions on enforcement is better because why? Show your math joe!

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tnesleyJan. 8, 14 8:50 PM

The question needs to be asked, how many want to become US citizens? I recall a poll once that less than half did. Those that want to apply; we need to look at the process for all. It should not take years and years, and many thousands of dollars.

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ashloaderJan. 8, 14 8:59 PM

Extend jobless benefits and then turn around and hand out another 30million foreign worker visas over the next decade to keep unemployment high. The Chamber of Commerce and the Unions are teaming up to keep wages stagnant, jobs scarce and unemployment high. None of these fools are representing working class Americans.

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ikyabwaiJan. 8, 14 9:01 PM

Why is Washington discussing immigration reform? Obama guaranteed that he would have immigration reform the first year in office - 2009. So it should be done since it now is 2014 ============================================= It's called a filibuster. Ask anybody in the right wing and they an explain it to you.

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