Boehner Nixes Immigration Reform in 2013
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If there was any hope in passing comprehensive immigration reform before the end of the year, such hope is lost. On Wednesday, House Speaker John Boehner repeated his opposition to the Senate-passed immigration bill and pledged that the House would never vote on it. "I'll make clear we have no intention ever of going to conference on the Senate bill." While immigration reform advocates were cautiously optimistic reform would occur before the end of the year, only 15 working days are left for the House to take the issue up. Boehner's comment seems to be the nail in the coffin for immigration reform in 2013.

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Boehner nixes immigration reform in 2013

  1. 1. Boehner Nixes Immigration Reform in 2013 If there was any hope in passing comprehensive immigration reform before the end of the year, such hope is lost. On Wednesday, House Speaker John Boehner repeated his opposition to the Senate-passed immigration bill and pledged that the House would never vote on it. "I'll make clear we have no intention ever of going to conference on the Senate bill." While immigration reform advocates were cautiously optimistic reform would occur before the end of the year, only 15 working days are left for the House to take the issue up. Boehner's comment seems to be the nail in the coffin for immigration reform in 2013. After the Democrats won the presidential election in 2012, Boehner insisted it was time for Congress to pass immigration reform. Though Boehner is opposed to the Senate-passed immigration bill, he still supports immigration reform if it's done in pieces. "There are hundreds of issues involved in dealing with immigration reform, and we've got to deal with these in a common sense way where our members understand what we're doing and their constituents understand." Several immigration bills have passed the House Judiciary Committee, but GOP leaders have not scheduled any floor votes on any of them. House conservatives are strongly opposed to any bill that provides a path to citizenship or legal status for the 11 million undocumented workers in the U.S. While most of the proposals relate to border security and enforcement (bills Republicans generally support), opponents feel that any negotiation with the Senate could potentially lead to addressing questions of citizenship. As for now, it appears that any hope of realizing comprehensive immigration reform will have to wait for 2014. Counsel to Management: With many employers facing a labor shortage, comprehensive immigration reform could provide much needed relief. Unfortunately, employers will have to wait until at least 2014 to realize any potential relief. Please contact The Saqui Law Group if you have any questions.

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