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Can Republicans do the expedient thing on immigration?
President Barack Obama renewed his call to Congress last week for passage of comprehensive immigration reform legislation that would "grow the economy and shrink our deficits" as well as strengthen border security, modernize the visa system and offer a path to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants already living in the U.S. To show how serious he was about getting a bill he could sign, the president dropped his previous insistence that House lawmakers take up a bipartisan measure hammered out in the Senate over the summer and instead announced he would consider any new Republican proposals even if they addressed only some aspects of the nation's immigration policy rather than the whole system. "If House Republicans have new and different additional ideas on how we should move forward, then we want to hear them," he said. "I'll be listening."
October 28, 2013