We’re back from a long weekend, and the fight for immigration reform has pivoted. Following the passage of bipartisan immigration legislation in the Senate by a 68-32 vote, all attention is on the House and Speaker John Boehner. Unfortunately, up first is this Wednesday’s House Republican internal meeting on immigration.
The GOP, following their shellacking among minority voters in the last election, is supposed to be opening up their tent and reaching out to demographics outside their base. Instead, they’re buying into revisionist history which claims that they just need to shore up their support among white voters and keep voting for amendments to deport DREAMers in order to win future elections. Wednesday’s conference was the brainchild of Steve King, who was collecting petition signatures to try and force such a powwow, ostensibly so that anti-immigrant voices could talk their House colleagues into opposing immigration reform.
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