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Immigration foes dig in amid expectations in House

January 8, 2014 • National News


FILE – This Dec. 12, 2013 file photo shows immigration activists gathered on Capitol Hill in Washington. A chief Republican foe of immigration legislation says it would be a “colossal mistake” for the House to consider any measure this year and shift attention from President Barack Obama’s health care law. The comments by Rep. Steve King of Iowa on Wednesday underscore the difficulty for advocates who have raised expectations for congressional action on the contentious issue. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Conservatives and the nation’s biggest business lobby sparred Wednesday over immigration overhaul, with advocates vowing a renewed effort to get the House to act this year and opponents digging in against anything that shifts the political spotlight from President Barack Obama’s troubled health care law.

The latest skirmish came as proponents raised expectations of congressional action on the contentious issue, seizing on any glimmer of positive developments. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, told rank-and-file Republicans in a closed-door session that he would soon outline party principles on the issue, which could serve as a precursor to legislation.

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