During the Senate debate, Heritage Action – and many others – appropriately defined amnesty not as the attainment of citizenship, but rather the initial legalization. Those who are currently in the country illegally would have been eligible for a “Registered Provisional Immigrant” (RPI) status within a mere 180 days. As we noted at the time, “After acquiring RPI status, formerly illegal immigrants will have legal status in the United States, allowing them to work, live, and travel abroad.” That is amnesty, and it sounds very similar to what Rep. McCarthy suggested earlier this week.
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House Republican leaders are preparing for the first time to endorse legal status for many of the 11 million people living in the U.S. illegally, a step that could jump-start the moribund immigration debate.
As early as next week, House Speaker John Boehner (R., Ohio) and other GOP leaders will release a one-page set of principles outlining how they hope to overhaul the immigration system, people familiar with their plans say. It will stop short of offering the sort of path to citizenship endorsed by the Senate, but represents a major step toward what immigration advocates and Democrats have long sought.
Retirement. Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK)Heritage ActionScorecardSen. Tom CoburnSenate Republican Average81% will retire at the end of the year due to health concerns.
While most Democrats clearly preferred funding the government over risking a government shutdown, they also complained that the process needs to improve.
“This can be described very charitably as a mixed bag,” said Rep. James McGovern (D-Mass.). “This is a 1,500-page bill that nobody has actually read.”
Yet the bill won even more support than the two-year budget deal it was based on. Ninety-four House members had voted against the budget deal.
Obama Won. According to an analysis by National Journal, President Obama won the day: