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June 5, 2013 - 2:36 pm

Can’t say I’m surprised since House Democrats want a bill as close to the Senate version of immigration reform as possible — something they are not going to get and it now appears doubtful that any proposed comprehensive legislation will come out of the House at all.

ABC News:

Bipartisan meetings in the House of Representatives on a comprehensive immigration reform bill have failed, and the congressmen will meet for the last time today without reaching an agreement on a House bill, ABC News has learned.

The stumbling block is GOP insistence that newly legalized workers now working in the shadows have no access to government-sponsored health care during their 15-year pathway to citizenship, according to two sources with access to the secret house “Gang of 8″ meetings.

Democrats say that since these newly legalized immigrants would be paying taxes they should be eligible for benefits.

The stalemate is not expected to be solved and any immigration legislation from the House would likely proceed in piecemeal fashion.

This latest development represents a huge blow to immigration reform advocates because the House is likely to pass several smaller bills that address immigration reform, but would not include a pathway to citizenship. It creates a much longer and arduous legislative road to a bill President Obama would be willing to sign.

A comprehensive approach to immigration reform never had much chance in the House — too many poison pills for Republicans and the Democrats were unwilling to accede to GOP demands on almost everything.

If Obama is smart, he’ll take what he can get on immigration reform. This would probably be a generous guest worker program, border security provisions, mandatory use of e-verify, a visa simplification process, and perhaps, some kind of a “path to legality” for illegal aliens already here. It won’t be in comprehensive form, but rather a series of stand alone bills that may — or may not — be taken up serially.

Once again, the president has failed to lead on an issue that he considers of vital importance to the nation. He handed the ball to the “Gang of Eight” in the House and Senate and told them to have at it. He has made pretty speeches to adoring fans but when it comes to doing the scut work and getting in the trenches to fight for what he believes, he comes up short.

A pathetic excuse for a president.

Rick Moran is PJ Media's Chicago editor and Blog editor at The American Thinker. He is also host of the"RINO Hour of Power" on Blog Talk Radio. His own blog is Right Wing Nut House.

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Good!! Any reform that does not secure the southern border first and foremost is a joke. Secondly, IMHO you don't REWARD criminals for breaking the law. What part of "illegal" is GD hard to understand for the low information voters?
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His failure to lead is intentional. He realizes this is a non-issue issue. If he fails, so what? (at least insofar as public opinion). And if it fails, he can use it as a political cudgel for 2014. He really has nothing to lose by losing, and otherwise everything to win by expecting (not without good reason) a complete GOP cave.
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Kill it. Then dig it up and kill it again.

We could try---just for giggles---actually closing the borders and enforcing the laws we already have on the books, tweaking such laws individually if and as needed.
1 year ago
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Executive Order legalizing the law breakers in 3...2...1.
1 year ago
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Well, that's what comes from "leading with your behind".

As for the nation, it will be better off passing needed legislation one item at a time. The ABSOLUTE FIRST PRIORITY is to secure the border., Then it makes sense to consider the other immigration issues. But, until Obama's regime decides to enforce the law and close the border, he shouldn't expect anyone to support any other "reform".
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Good. Politicians don't do "comprehensive" well. Not at all well.
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