Obamacare backlash a lifeline for Immigration Reform [amnesty]

Article subtitle: 
Pressure seems to be working-in first weeks of the congressional recess, a number of Republicans have come forward in support of Imigration Reform
Article author: 
Jim Avila and Serena Marshall
Article publisher: 
ABC News
Article date: 
19 August 2013
Article category: 
National News
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Distaste for one of President Obama's priorities seems to be offering a lifeline to a second.

One is already law; the other is working its way through Congress. One is Obamacare; the other, immigration reform.

As Congress enjoys its remaining two weeks at home over the August recess, Obamacare is dominating the attention of Republican constituents, while immigration reform seems to have few riled up.

Jenny Beth Martin, president and co-founder of Tea Party Patriots, said her group is interested in what she calls "amnesty" and the "IRS scandal," but, "Our primary issues are the economy and government spending, and Obamacare."

At the same time, pro-immigration groups are using the recess to mobilize nationwide, pressuring Congress to support of comprehensive reform that includes a pathway to citizenship.

So far, the pressure seems to be working.

In the first weeks of the congressional recess, a number of Republicans have come forward in support of a pathway to citizenship: Reps. Daniel Webster of Florida, Aaron Schock of Illinois and David Reichert of Washington, as well as House GOP Whip Kevin McCarthy o California, who announced support for legal status but stopped just short of supporting full citizenship.

A key Democratic congressional aide who supports immigration reform and is hip-deep in the immigration debate told ABC News August has been very constructive, so far ...

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