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29 October 2013 |permalink | email article

A New York Times editorial noted the talk in Washington has focused on how, after the shutdown debacle, Republicans and Democrats might exploit immigration for political advantage. But last week, the genuine immigration crisis intruded, as if from another universe. Busloads of Arizonans—parents, childrens, students known as Dreamers—lined up outside House Speaker John Boehner’s office, pleading for a meeting and praying for action on reform. Mr. Boehner had no time for them. The shutdown was a fake emergency. Immigration is a real one, harming lives every day in every state. President Obama has sometimes been resentful when immigrant advocates remind him of his failures. Now, at least, he has invited their pressure.

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