Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

GOP Immigration Bill – With No Path to Citizenship – ‘Insulting’ to Reformers

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"The Achieve Act has plenty of limitations but may offer a preview of one of the Republicans' negotiating positions in the next year, said Muzaffar Chishti, director of the Migration Policy Institute's office at the New York University School of Law.   Some Republicans want lay claim to at least one aspect of immigration reform without creating 11 million to 12 million new citizens and potential voters, he said.  "They are saying for the first time in history, 'We want to establish a second tier of permanent non-citizens who we expect to live here a long, long time,'" Chishti said.  Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) plans to introduce his own immigration reform proposal during the next term, said Alex Conant, Rubio's spokesman.  Like the departing Kyl and Hutchison, Rubio supports the idea of a policy that offers some relief from the daily threat of deportation but without a path to citizenship, Conant said.  For Gabby Pacheco, an immigration