February 1, 2014
DOING THE RIGHT THING, EVEN IF LATE:
Why the House GOP immigration plan is more political sweet spot than wasteland (SEAN SULLIVAN, February 1, 2014, Washington Post)
Posted by Orrin Judd at February 1, 2014 7:24 AMThere are two ways of looking at the immigration plan House GOP leaders floated Thursday: 1) It might just be the sweet spot in a complex debate that could lead to a deal. 2) The combined outcry from the right and left will kill it.The early read: It's looking more like #1.President Obama suggested in an interview that aired Friday that he may be open to the idea of legal status but not a special path to citizenship for most of the nation's 11 million undocumented immigrants. Obama's long said he prefers a path to citizenship. So the fact that he didn't shut the door on the list of principles House GOP leaders released was significant. Other reform advocates like Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and the Chamber of Commerce also sounded notes of cautious optimism.