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July 10, 2013

Immigration Reform Heads for Slow Death

"Republicans walked away from their 2012 debacle hell-bent on fixing their problems with Hispanics. Now, they appear hell-bent on making them worse," Politico reports.

"In private conversations, top Republicans on Capitol Hill now predict comprehensive immigration reform will die a slow, months-long death in the House. Like with background checks for gun buyers, the conventional wisdom that the party would never kill immigration reform, and risk further alienating Hispanic voters, was always wrong -- and ignored the reality that most House Republicans are white conservatives representing mostly white districts."

Rick Klein: "As unfathomable as it seems that a bill supported by two-thirds of senators never comes up for a vote in the House, that's now clearly the path we're on. Which means immigration reform will not happen without backers finding new pressure points."

Roll Call notes House GOP leaders meet with their rank and file today but "members acknowledge it's unlikely to produce a unified path forward."


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