It’s Immigration Day on the Morning Zone
Today, we will be talking about the latest out of Washington on President Obama's proposed immigration reform...A defensive White House Sunday insisted it was only drafting a backup immigration reform plan in case a bipartisan congressional committee working on a bill fails, but Paul Ryan, Marco Rubio and other key Republicans blasted a leaked copy of the measure, calling it "dead on arrival" on Capitol Hill. Ryan, R-Wisc., called the leaked proposal "counterproductive" on ABC's "This Week" and questioned the president's motives, accusing him of seeking a partisan advantage instead of finding a solution. "Leaking this out does set things in the wrong direction," he said. "By putting these details out without a guest worker program, without addressing future flow, by giving advantage to those who cut in front of the line...that tells us he's looking for a partisan advantage and not a bipartisan solution." "There are groups in the House and Senate working together to get this done," he said, "and when he does things like this, it makes it much more difficult to do that. And that's why I think this particular move - very counterproductive." Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., another lawmaker involved in the bipartisan congressional immigration talks, agreed, saying the leaked plan "raises the question that many of us continue to wonder about: Does the president really want a result, or does he want another cudgel to beat up Republicans?" McCain complained that the president "has had no communication with Republicans on the issue, unlike the previous four presidents that I've dealt with." But White House Chief of staff Denis McDonough said the administration hoped that bipartisan efforts would deliver a broadly acceptable package, but wanted a planB.
7:07AM MST: World traveler, author, and columnist, Frosty Wooldridge, will discuss all this and it's implications with host Dave Chaffin.
8:07AM MST: Our "Ma down on the border" John Marshal, has been keeping our listeners up to date on the latest from his home right along the border in Texas and today, says all the latest Washington rhetoric just poses "Questions, questions and more questions.
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