Immigration bill has long-term consequences for the GOP

July 06, 2013

In his recent commentary on House Speaker John Boehner and immigration reform, columnist Jules Witcover chooses to ignore a few basic truths that would contradict his arguments ("Boehner's stance on immigration puts GOP in peril," July 2).

The first is that passing the immigration bill as proposed would be detrimental to the GOP in the long run, as the 11 million newly minted citizens would still likely vote Democratic. That would put many swing states out of reach.

Moreover, the Senate GOP knows that the bill it approved has no chance of making it through the U.S. House of Representatives (or out of conference committee) in its present form.

None of which is to say that passing comprehensive immigration reform isn't the right thing to do. But to ignore or fail to acknowledge the importance of the legislation's long-term political consequences for the GOP is misleading.

Ira Malis, Baltimore

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