Friday, November 15, 2013

House Speaker John Boehner: Immigration Overhaul Dead on Arrival in the House !


WASHINGTON — House Speaker John Boehner startled immigration advocates this week when he said his chamber would never consider a sweeping immigration bill passed by the Senate and wouldn't commit to voting on House immigration proposals by the end of the year.

But despite a rush to write the obituary for an overhaul of immigration, Boehner has not closed the door on the issue entirely. The latest lifeline came when Boehner asked Rep. Jeff Denham, R-Calif., to gauge the interest of House Republicans on taking up the contentious issue.

Denham was the first Republican to co-sponsor a Democratic immigration bill that provides a pathway to citizenship for the nation's 12 million undocumented immigrants. Now Denham is asking for signatures from his GOP colleagues on a letter of support for immigration overhaul and is initially targeting a group of 40-45 Republicans who he believes could sign on.

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