Immigration Politics: Republicans Weigh Political Cost Of A Shutdow

WASHINGTON – We’ve seen this drama before. President Barack Obama is fighting with Republicans — who are fighting among themselves. This time the issue is immigration, not the Affordable Care Act. But the players, the script, and the sound and fury are familiar.

Conservatives are pushing House Speaker John Boehner. GOP rank and file is angry and in no mood to compromise. A fiscal deadline must be met. Boehner said on Thursday that everything is “on the table” if Obama moves forward with his plan to use executive action to prevent the deportation of 5 million immigrants. Republicans have said they are willing to use the bill that’s needed to keep the government open beyond Dec. 11 as a way to block the president’s plans.Read More…

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