Wednesday, June 5, 2013

More Roadblocks for Immigration Reform

Posted By on Wed, Jun 5, 2013 at 4:30 PM

The Range mentioned earlier today that the Senate's immigration-reform package was facing a rocky road.

It looks even rockier in the House, according to 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.

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