“Political Football” – GOP grapples with immigration reform
Republicans will mull proposals to overhaul the nation’s immigration system Thursday, casting a new spotlight on possible reforms that have been stalled in Congress since last year.
House Speaker John Boehner told reporters Thursday morning that the issue of immigration has “been turned into a political football.”
Thursday is a key day for the reform debate, as GOP House members huddle at a retreat in Maryland to discuss their strategies on immigration and the debt ceiling.
Leaders are expected to discuss broad “principles” for immigration reform with Republican members later Thursday afternoon.
Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said on MSNBC Wednesday that those principles will include allowing undocumented immigrants to receive “probationary status” and the ability to work while border security criteria are being implemented.
“If those things are…
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