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Immigration Plan Questioned

The fact that Republicans didn’t try to use immigration to divide Democrats also “demonstrates the weakness of this administration’s argument in bringing it up,” Gutierrez added, referring to President Barack Obama’s support for adding the anti-immigrant provision in the Senate bill. “Here was an anti-immigrant proposal that the Republicans thought so little of that they didn’t use it. It’s unusual, right?”

Even if Republicans had brought the immigration issue to a vote, some Democratic leaders were confident they could have defeated it.

“Our whipping was going very well, which was very gratifying and made for a sweeter victory,” Democratic Caucus Vice Chairman Xavier Becerra (Calif.) said.

Becerra described a “gelling” among the broader Democratic Caucus in favor of immigration reform. He said he hopes the GOP’s decision not to offer the amendment could signal a chance for bipartisan immigration reform.

“I’m an optimist,” Becerra said. “I sincerely believe there is good will on both sides of the aisle to try to fix a broken immigration system and that we will find a well of support for pragmatic policies on immigration reform.”

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