First Word: Immigration reform may stand a chance in Congress

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Demonstrators protest during an immigration reform rally in front of Capitol Hill in Washington D.C.
Demonstrators protest during an immigration reform rally in front of Capitol Hill in Washington D.C.
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After the gun bill’s swift defeat last week, immigration reform seems to be the only item on President Obama’s second-term agenda that seems to stand a chance in a divided Congress. On Monday, Paul Ryan announced he was behind comprehensive immigration reform, standing next to Rep. Luis Gutierrez at the City Club of Chicago. But the immigration debate took two steps back when Sen. Rand Paul linked the failures of the immigration system to the Tsarnaev brothers who were allowed “to immigrate to the United States from the Chechen Republic in Russia, an area known as a hotbed of Islamic extremism, who then committed acts of terrorism” in a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

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First Word: Immigration reform may stand a chance in Congress

Updated