Here is a selection of articles that appeared in major publications over the past few days. The Immigration Reform discussion turns to what may happen in the House of Representatives. Up to now, attention has been directed almost entirely on the U.S. Senate. In Congress, a Bill must pass both the House and Senate in order to become law. The House of Representatives has equal standing with the Senate. With Democrats a majority in the Senate and Republicans a majority in the House, balance and compromise will be key to the success of Immigration Reform in 2013.
Enjoy the articles and please get back to us with any thoughts you have on the subject.
By David M. Drucker, Roll Call, April 29, 2013
“House Judiciary Chairman Robert W. Goodlatte sent a clear signal last week that the bipartisan working group does not have sole authority to set the terms of debate on immigration.
But the consensus Beltway reaction to the Virginia Republican’s decision to drop two immigration bills in committee — that Goodlatte purposely undermined the working group to diminish the prospects of a bipartisan deal — is wrong. In fact, Goodlatte’s move could diffuse the political tension on an issue that is very sensitive for House Republicans by involving more members in the process and dispelling suspicion that an immigration rewrite was pre-cooked on orders from GOP leadership. . .”
Elise Foley, Huffington Post, April 29, 2013
“WASHINGTON — Rep. John Carter (R-Texas), a member of the bipartisan House group working on an immigration bill, said Monday that his group’s plan will have a tougher path to citizenship than the Senate “gang of eight” legislation — which he said could be defined as “amnesty.” . . . ”
Editorial, USA Today, April 29, 2013
“Fixing the nation’s broken immigration system tops the short list of important things Congress might accomplish this year, even if it remains gridlocked on issues such as guns and the budget. . . “