Another Big GOP Fight Looms: Immigration
Lobbying blitz next week could raise new tensions
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 26, 2013 9:13 AM CDT
House Speaker John Boehner.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

(Newser) – Republicans in Congress might still be smarting over the fallout from the shutdown, but the New York Times reports that another potential "schism" for the party is right around the corner—immigration reform. Conservatives vow to block any legislation from passing the House, while John Boehner and others support the idea of getting at least piecemeal measures through. Things might come to a head next week when a wide range of groups—from the US Chamber of Commerce to, the group set up by Mark Zuckerberg and tech leaders—descends on Capitol Hill to pressure GOP lawmakers to get something done.

That doesn't look likely anytime soon, however. Fewer than 20 legislative days are left this year, Politico notes, and next year is dicey because it's an election year. Further complicating things is that some Democrats are not agitating for a vote because they see political benefit in the issue, reports Bloomberg. As the leader of ImmigrationWorks USA puts it, “There are some Democrats who would rather get it done, and others who would rather have the issue” linger. "Either way they win." (The Senate passed its reform bill in June, with a 13-year pathway to citizenship for current immigrants a central part of it.)

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Oct 28, 2013 11:53 AM CDT
Put a cash register at the border, collect a fee and register the crowd as they enter the USA!
Oct 28, 2013 9:54 AM CDT
I feel like I'm walking on egg shells around here. All I want to do is help people and make things better but I am unable to do so with all the bull crap going on. I think many people feel the way I do. I think if you give the American people a chance and spread the wealth a little you will see good things. People are naturally good at heart. If given the chance to do good we will. Most people don't have any choice but to do bad its the only way you can survive. lets open this country up a little and let people thrive. It will be better for us all including the rich who will get richer. I'm surprised the rich can't see this...
Oct 28, 2013 9:51 AM CDT
you gotta go with the flow, its not worth fighting over. Obama has done nothing wrong really its just a bunch of bs that the republicans keep trying to blame him for. Immigration will do nothing but help this country. The mexicans come here anyways, why not let them stay and spend the money here instead of taking it back to mexico.? Let these mexicans in they want to work.... come one people thats what we need in this world, someone to do the work... get a clue and realize how bad we need the mexicans right now. With out the mexicans contribution to the economy it will become dead locked. The mexicans will help this country thrive.