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Edit: GOP On Feeble Immigration Path

A year ago, fresh off a national drubbing at the ballot box, Republicans talked about the need to reach out to Latino voters. But talk hasn’t turned into action, and it looks as if immigration reform will slip away once again in Congress. U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador of Idaho, a respected voice on immigration in the House Republican caucus, recently said that it’s fruitless to press for reform this year. He’s now advocating a piecemeal approach. U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., a key vote in getting an immigration reform bill through the Senate, has reverted to that position too. So much for the hope that a hard-line stance would soften and the wishes of Latino voters would be heard. This is bad news for the U.S. economy, especially in states like Washington and Idaho that depend upon immigrant labor/Spokesman-Review Editorial Board. More here.

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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