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Did the Shutdown Help the Immigration Cause?

Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call
Arizona families with the Arizona DREAM Act Coalition hold hands and pray in front of Boehner’s office Tuesday in the Longworth House Office Building. The event was held to launch a week of prayer for Boehner to act on immigration legislation.

Outside groups are going to continue to actively push for legislation, hoping they can influence what those inside the Capitol believe is an unmovable House Republican Conference. U.S. Chamber of Commerce President Tom Donohue said Monday at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast that he is still confident a bill would get done this Congress, and a group of 300 advocates from 50 congressional districts will descend on Washington next week — sponsored principally by Donohue’s group, Bibles, Badges and Businesses for Immigration Reform, FWD.us, the Partnership for a New American Economy — to lobby House Republicans for changes.

“The president, after the [shutdown] deal was inked, his first comments were that he wanted to move on with a number of issues and the first thing he said was an immigration bill,” Donohue said.

Donohue suggested another way the current budget fights could clear a path for action on immigration.

“He will also advance it in part by getting involved and helping us to come to a satisfactory and progressive — meaning moving forward — set of solutions on tax and spending and on entitlements,” he said.

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