Will Amnesty Make an Appearance in this Year’s Lame-Duck Session?

Thursday, August 28th, 2014 and is filed under Immigration

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As the peak frenzy of the nation’s border crisis settles, the question of immigration reform remains unanswered. President Obama and his pro-amnesty cohorts have promised to move on the matter but we’ve yet to see tangible evidence.

Even Republicans are pushing for amnesty-like reforms and many think they’ll move forward with such policies during this year’s lame-duck session.

Rep. Steve King (R-IA), who is against reform that includes any version of amnesty, said he thinks GOP leadership may “spring it on us” after November.

President Obama is entering the last two years of his Presidency, and may feel at liberty to implement extremist policies like amnesty in hopes of leaving a legacy.

In fact, Sen. Chuck Schumer said recently that if Republicans don’t act, “the President will have no choice but to act on his own.”

The subject is especially touchy because of the GOP divide. Other usually Republican supporters, such as the Chamber of Commerce, have put pressure on Republicans to pass reform as well,saying “If the Republicans don’t do it, they shouldn’t bother to run a candidate in 2016.”

Most recently, Chamber of Commerce CEO Tom Donohue and Jay Timmons, CEO of the National Association of Manufacturers, have pushed hard for Congress to pass amnesty legislation by the end of the year.

Timmons said he thinks it will be the last piece of legislation passed in this year’s lame-duck session.

However earlier this year, Speaker John Boehner vowed that Republicans would block any vote on immigration in 2014. Boehner told Obama that “the American people and their elected officials don’t trust him to enforce the law as written.”

Opinions from our nation’s leaders, from liberal to conservative, are across the board on what proper immigration reform will look like. The question now is what legislation can the majority agree on to move the needle forward on this pressing issue? The lame-duck session may provide a temporary answer.