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Politico Previews What Will Be in House GOP "Principles"

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Politico's Jake Sherman and Seung Min Kim have published an important article taking readers inside the Republican camp and reporting on what the document being released this month will contain. From the story:

The document, which has been kept under wraps until now, will call for beefed-up border security and interior enforcement, a worker verification system for employers and earned legal status for the nation’s undocumented immigrants, according to multiple sources familiar with the discussions. It will also call for reforms to visa programs and a system to track those in the country legally.

The draft principles will also include a promise that immigration reform will be done on a step-by-step basis and will foreclose the possibility of entering into conference negotiations using the Senate’s comprehensive package — pledges that could soothe some Republicans

A lot of Republicans are still pessimistic they'll get their act together this year, but there is still an interest in releasing the principles and aiming to move a bill in 2015. Of course, they could face the wrath of Latino voters - again - if they continue to delay.

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  1. Jack2's Avatar
    "There could be some ways to make the provision more palatable for Democrats. For example, Congress could empower state and local law enforcement officials only after current undocumented immigrants start their legalization process. This would put the focus on future illegal immigration."

    What a joke--as if Democrats don't want future illegal immigration. If they entered into such a deal it would obviously be in bad faith. "Palatable" to them is something guaranteed not to work or if it might, they can make sure is never implemented. It's like during S. 744 negotiations how implementing measures which would (supposedly) prevent the next wave of illegal immigration before mass legalization was dismissed as a "non-starter."

    You could safely bet your life they will be calling for the next amnesty/mass legalization before the ink is dry on this one. Why so certain? Because people like Luis Gutierrez already are. By all accounts, millions of current unlawfully present aliens would not qualify for any realistic legalization and CBO projects millions of new unlawfully present aliens. The idea that the current pro-legalization/anti-enforcement lobby will do a 180 and oppose legalizing those millions is simply laughable. Just listen to the things Democrats say, e.g., Nancy Pelosi:

    ?Our view of the law is that it ? if somebody is here without sufficient documentation, that is not reason for deportation.?

    Maybe her microphone went dead when she said "for now" but I'm not getting the impression that her radical position would change after a mass legalization. Did California Democrats include a sunset clause (for after mass legalization) into the TRUST Act? Simply an oversight, I'm sure. They will want to cooperate fully with ICE post-CIR and change that law post-haste. Rrrriiiiggghhhhtttt.
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