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WSJ blames GOP's 'dancing to talk radio' for immigration failure


From a Friday Wall Street Journal editorial on House Speaker John Boehner casting doubt this week that an immigration bill can pass the House:

Only days ago the House Speaker floated a set of reform principles that opened the door to a potential compromise with Democrats and the Senate. But the response from the anti-reform right was so intense that he emerged at the Capitol on Thursday to more or less declare that nothing will happen on immigration this year. ...

So great is the House GOP fear of a talk-radio backlash that it won't even pass smaller bills that 75% of Republicans agree on. There will be nothing to codify the legal status of children of illegal immigrants who have lived here for decades. And no expanded green cards for foreign graduates of U.S. colleges, a policy Mitt Romney endorsed. And no cleaning up the work-visa morass that has obliged U.S. farmers to hire illegals to harvest their crops. ...

[I]mmigration reform is strangled by Republicans dancing to talk radio.

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