Boehner Said to Back Change on Immigration

02 January 2014 |permalink | email article

The Speaker’s ‘Step by Step” moves suggest a new commitment on a divisive issue for Republicans which signal that he may embrace a series of limited changes in nation’s immigration laws in the coming months, giving advocates for change new hope that 2014 might be the year that a bitterly divided Congress reaches a political compromise to overhaul the sprawling system. Boehner in recent a weeks hired Rebecca Tallent, a longtime immigration adviser to Sen. John McCain, the Arizona Republican who has long backed broad immigration changes. Advocates for an overhaul say the hiring, as well as angry comments by Boehner critical of the Tea Party opposition to the recent budget in Congress, suggests that he is serious about revamping the immigration system despite deep reservations from conservative Republicans.

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