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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Immigration Reform: Life or Death?

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John McCain is on the wrong side. Again.

From The Hill today:
McCain: Next few weeks a 'critical time 
in the life or death' of immigration reform

Once the House of Representatives returns after Labor Day, immigration will likely top members' legislative agenda, Arizona's senators said at a town-hall meeting on Tuesday. 
“It will be a critical time in the life or death of this legislation,” Sen. John McCain, (R) said about the immigration reform bill the Senate passed in June.McCain discussed the bill with his junior colleague, Sen. Jeff Flake, (R) in their home state at a roundtable focused on the issue, hosted by The Arizona Republic, 12 News, and azcentral.com. 
McCain and Flake are both members of the bipartisan “Gang of Eight,” which also includes Sens. Michael Bennet, (D-Colo.), Dick Durbin, (D-Ill.), Lindsey Graham, (R-S.C.), Robert Menendez, (D-N.J.), Marco Rubio, (R-Fla.), and Charles Schumer, (D-N.Y.). The group wrote and championed the immigration reform bill through the upper chamber in June. The final vote was 68-32. 
Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has said he won’t take it up in the House.  
“I remain guardedly optimistic,” McCain said about the House advancing immigration reform. The senator said he hopes the House will pass legislation so the two chambers can go to conference and compromise on a single bill that will eventually go to the president. 
. . . 
Enhanced border security, an E-Verify system for employers and a pathway to citizenship for immigrants already living illegally in the United States are some of the notable provisions of the comprehensive bill, which is more than 1,000 pages.

Memo to the Gang of Eight: There already ARE pathways to citizenship in this "comprehensive" bill. And as Mark Steyn, pointed out in a recent NRO column,
“Comprehensive” today is a euphemism for interminably long, poorly drafted, and entirely unread — not just by the people’s representatives but by our robed rulers, too (how many of those Supreme Court justices actually plowed through every page of Obamacare when its “constitutionality” came before them?). 
Mr. Speaker, do not pass ANY immigration bill. Any bill that differs from the Senate bill will go to conference and get “fixed” behind closed doors. Just. Say. No.  Here are Boehner’s details again.
Butler County Office  PH (513) 779-5400
Miami County Office PH (937) 339-1524
Clark County Office   PH (937) 322-1120

D.C. Office
PH  (202) 225-6205
FAX (202) 225-0704

And his mailbox (send postcards):
Speaker John Boehner
7969 Cincinnati-Dayton Road, Suite B
West Chester, OH 45069

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