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2 Big Conservatives Urge House: Kill Immigration Bill

Bill Kristol and Rich Lowry team up for editorial
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 9, 2013 2:20 PM CDT

(Newser) – As the House GOP meets tomorrow to begin hashing out immigration reform, two prominent conservative voices have some advice: Kill the Senate version that just passed. It "is a comprehensive mistake," write Bill Kristol of the Weekly Standard and Rich Lowry of the National Review. "House Republicans should kill it without reservation." (This is a "rare joint editorial from two of the most muscular conservative voices in the land," observes Mike Allen in his Politico Playbook blog.)

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Kristol and Lowry, who note that they've disagreed previously on immigration reform, say the Senate bill is "riddled with exceptions, loopholes, and waivers" in terms of enforcement. As a result, it won't actually solve the problem of illegal immigration. It also tilts too heavily toward low-skilled labor, is too large in scope, and was put together in a "hasty manner." What's the rush now? they ask. Republicans should resist "political panic," hold off in case they retake the Senate next year, and then work on a better bill. "Passing any version of the Gang of Eight’s bill would be worse public policy than passing nothing," they conclude. "House Republicans can do the country a service by putting a stake through its heart." Click here or here for the full column. (Read more illegal immigration stories.)

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