Some House Democrats Could Bail on Immigration
Especially those from moderate or conservative districts
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Aug 8, 2013 2:48 PM CDT
Nick J. Rahall, seen in this file photo, is one of several House Democrats wary of immigration reform.   (AP Photo/Jeff Gentner)

(Newser) – Don't expect House Democrats to rally unanimously behind immigration reform the way their Senate counterparts did. A whole lot of them sound like anything but a firm "yes" vote, the Wall Street Journal observes. Many hail from swing districts, and are waiting to stake out a hard stance until Republicans settle on a strategy. "I'm opposed to granting amnesty," says West Virginia's Nick Rahall, the grandson of legal immigrants from Lebanon, saying it would be unfair to those who've patiently waited to come legally.

It's hard to say how many Democrats are wavering. Many right-leaning "Blue Dogs" were ousted in 2010. In their place a centrist "New Democrats" coalition has risen, and 39 of its 53 members signed a recent letter backing a pathway to citizenship. The other 14 might need some convincing. Georgia's John Barrow, for instance, says tightening border security is his first priority. "Like a preacher friend of mine once said, the main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing," he explains.

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KDickley
Aug 11, 2013 1:19 PM CDT
You're seeing more and more democrats fleeing from their own corrupt, nasty party. They are becoming ashamed to be in a party that lies all the time, and is mean spirited to anyone who disagrees with their marxist regime.
Bartmaeus
Aug 10, 2013 6:55 AM CDT
And its only fair that the illegals in prison for whatever crimes are given an amnesty too, right? http://www.infowars.com/americans-sign-petition-to-let-illegals-out-of-prison-no-matter-what-crimes-they-committed/
KDickley
Aug 10, 2013 2:04 AM CDT
What I can't figure out, is why the dummocrats discriminate against the aliens who are following the correct procedure to become citizens, and want to give amnesty to all the illegal mexican invaders? It would be very simple to get the invaders out of our country, stop giving them freebees, and levy a heavy fine all the employers who hire them. They'll all deport themselves because there will be no reason to stay here.