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Ron Johnson: House Should Have Taken the Lead on Immigration


“Borders and benefits” are Senator Ron Johnson’s (R., Wis.) main issues when it comes to immigration reform, and he thinks Republicans could have done more to address them if the bill had started in the House. He said the Gang of Eight “didn’t do good enough” on either issue.

“My own preference was to let the House go first, pass the individual components,”​ Johnson said of the House Judiciary Committee’s taking a “piece-by-piece” approach to immigration, rather than attempting t comprehensive bill. 

He criticized Harry Reid’s commitment to finish working on the bill by the July 4 recess — “not the type of thoughtful process we really need to get into this incredibly complex issue” — although Johnson did vote earlier this week to bring up the bill for debate.


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