Democrats’ im­mi­gra­tion bill leaves out bor­der se­cu­rity

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cat­e­gories, in­clud­ing lim­it­ing chain mi­gra­tion for sib­lings and end­ing the diver­sity visa lot­tery.

Im­mi­grant-rights ad­vo­cates said the bill will put pres­sure on the GOP.

“Now, it’s put up or shut up time for Speaker John Boehner and the rest of the House GOP lead­er­ship. How they re­spond to the in­tro­duc­tion of this bill will speak vol­umes,” said Frank Sharry, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of Amer­ica’s Voice.

Rather than a broad bill com­pil­ing il­le­gal im­mi­gra­tion, le­gal im­mi­gra­tion and new se­cu­rity mea­sures, House Repub­li­cans have writ­ten a num­ber of smaller bills to deal with the is­sue in pieces — though they have yet to in­tro­duce bills to le­gal­ize il­le­gal im­mi­grants.

Rep. La­mar Smith, a se­nior mem­ber of the House Ju­di­ciary Com­mit­tee, said the Democrats’ bill would make Amer­i­cans face tougher com­pe­ti­tion for jobs.

“It’s dis­ap­point­ing that Democrats con­tinue to in­sist on amnesty for il­le­gal im­mi­grants rather than sup­port­ing poli­cies that help the Amer­i­can peo­ple,” the Texas Repub­li­can said.

Democrats ar­gued that Mr. Smith’s view doesn’t rep­re­sent a large part of the GOP. They pre­dicted that if GOP lead­ers were to bring the Democrats’ leg­is­la­tion to the House floor sev­eral dozen Repub­li­cans would vote for it.

Im­mi­gra­tion has proved to be trick­ier in the House than the Se­nate.

A group of eight House law­mak­ers had been work­ing on a broad im­mi­gra­tion bill and said it had reached the frame­work for a deal but couldn’t agree on the de­tails. The group dis­solved in Septem­ber.

And with the spend­ing fight now grip­ping Wash­ing­ton, plus a debt fight loom­ing later in Oc­to­ber, some Repub­li­cans have said there is no chance the House will de­bate a bill this year.

More re­cently, how­ever, news re­ports in­di­cated that Rep. Paul Ryan, Wis­con­sin Repub­li­can and a long­time pro­po­nent of le­gal­iz­ing il­le­gal im­mi­grants, has been work­ing to try to put the is­sue back on the agenda.

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