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Boehner Has Hired McCain’s Amnesty Expert

From a joyous Reuters:

U.S. House Speaker heartens immigration advocates with new hire

By Richard Cowan | December 3, 2013

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. immigration reform supporters, reeling from their failure to get legislation enacted this year, saw a new ray of hope on Tuesday as House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner announced he had hired a long-time immigration specialist to advise him…

[Becky] Tallent, director of immigration policy at the Bipartisan Policy Center, is a former aide to Republican Senator John McCain, a major player in the long-running immigration debate. She helped write several bills over the past decade that would have accomplished the first major rewrite of immigration policy since 1986.

And these are her ‘pluses.’

Previously, Tallent advised former Arizona Representative Jim Kolbe, also a Republican immigration reform advocate.

"She has deep knowledge and history with the issue and her hire, coming now in December, signals an expectation they’re (House Republicans) going to need her expertise," said Angela Kelley, vice president of immigration policy at the liberal Center for American Progress…

Which is simply a front for the Democrat Party. So it’s not good news that they are happy.

Ana Navarro, a Republican strategist, called Tallent "pragmatic" and "effective." …

That’s why we have President McCain. That’s why we have amnesty.

While Boehner has continued to insist that he wants to pass immigration legislation, he has refused to provide specifics on which bits he would advance and when he would seek House votes….

Nevertheless, with Republicans deeply divided over the issue and with November, 2014, congressional elections on the horizon, it is unclear whether Boehner will be able to win passage of any bills, even with Tallent advising him…

Meanwhile, we have more grim news from the Texas political news site, The Quorum Report:


Fear of Tea Party challenges has the Speaker holding off for now, sources say.

December 3, 2013

An aggressive timeline for passing comprehensive immigration reform may become a reality based on two significant developments on Capitol Hill. One of them is that House Speaker John Boehner has hired an Immigration Policy Director who has deep experience in overhaul efforts.

The other is that in recent weeks, various Texas business interests have told Quorum Report that Boehner has been telling them that he will start holding immigration votes not long after the filing deadline has passed. This, of course, runs counter to conventional wisdom that says immigration votes in the House will have to wait until 2014…

If true, how wonderful. What courage.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, December 4th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “Boehner Has Hired McCain’s Amnesty Expert”

  1. Enthalpy says:

    It could be that Boehner, like McCain, will never get it.

  2. Petronius says:

    We need more immigrants.

    We should take all of Haiti. And Bangladesh.

    Clearly we’d be a better people for doing so.

    By the way, didn’t Boehner’s daughter Lindsay marry a Jamaican immigrant?

    Is Rastafari compatible with Roman Catholicism?

    John must be so proud.

  3. GetBackJack says:

    Apparently bar-tending for his father taught him everything he needs to know to make obeisance to Mob Bosses like Harry Reid.

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