Boehner Makes Move on Immigration Reform Process

Wednesday, Rebecca Tallent - Bipartisan Policy Center Director of Immigration Policy and previous Chief of Staff for Senator John McCain - began her new job as assistant to House Speaker John Boehner to help lead House immigration efforts. According to The Hill - advocates for immigration reform see this as a sign that Boehner is serious about pursuing immigration legislation next year - but opponents of reform see this move as a cause for concern. A Boehner spokesman says Boehner is hopeful step-by-step, common sense immigration reforms can be enacted - and Tallent is a great addition to the team and this effort. One Democratic aide says Tallent knows the issue, is very tough and knows how to get things done in a bipartisan manner - which are all signs Boehner is taking immigration reform seriously. For the House to pass immigration reform - Tallent said in November that it needs an opportunity to work through its own process - moving smaller, piecemeal bills members feel they have an opportunity to review and allow the constituents to vet.

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