Let's Hear It for the Immigration Debate, Once More

Immigration is once again a hot potato. After years of laissez faire attitudes, the Republican Party is now starting to stir the melting pot, ahead of the election. House Speaker John Boehner has indicated that he is ready to aggressively push for a new immigration bill. Other Republicans are less convinced, but Boehner plans to ignore their discomfort with the subject. In a recent speech to the Rotary Club in his home district in Ohio, he mocked his fellow Republicans opposition to making immigration a key issue, by saying “Here’s the attitude. Ohhhh. Don’t make me do this. Ohhh. This is too hard.” However, is it too hard? Of course, America has a lot of issues to contend with from Russia to jobs and more significantly, the economy. But, the problems with immigration are not going away anytime soon.

Boehner is not the only member of the Republican Party that is looking at immigration as an election issue. Top Senate Republicans are attacking the same issue, but from a slightly different angle. 22 Republican Senators have signed a letter to President Obama protesting his planned easing of the enforcement of deportations. In the letter they accuse Obama of having “astonishing disregard for the Constitution”, and that the planned changes would be a “near complete abandonment of basic immigration enforcement.” However this debate pans out, it is clear that the battle over immigration is only just beginning.

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The Immigration Debate rages on with new faces: Julian Castro and Dan Patrick