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Immigration Reform Strategies Vary in House and Senate

March 6, 2013

Politico reports that, as the bill strategies develop in the House and Senate, it appears more likely that the House will pass a number of bills addressing Comprehensive Immigration Reform (CIR), while the Senate will pass one piece of legislation covering all aspects of CIR. Differences between the two will be resolved in conference committee.

The desire to avoid comprehensive movement on immigration is so widespread,  so geographically diverse, that it’s hard to ignore and might be impossible for  leadership to circumvent.

Rep. Reid Ribble (R-Wis.) said he is “hopeful … that rather than trying to do  a major comprehensive reform, we will try and do it sequentially.”

“Everyone agrees on certain things,” Ribble said.

Rooney said Republicans would “lose a group of people right off the bat” if  they try to cobble together a comprehensive bill.

In addition, Rep. Paul Ryan, a leader in the Republican caucus, has become involved in the CIR discussions.

A cluster of previously unknown GOP working groups — which are working with  Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan — are reviewing immigration issues ranging from  agricultural to high-tech visas, to border security and dealing with illegal  immigrants already in the country. These proposals will supplement the main  House bipartisan talks on immigration, which are being led by Rep. Mario  Diaz-Balart, a Cuban-American Republican from Florida. Ryan has also been in  contact with the bipartisan group, according to sources.

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