Paulson Sees More Republicans Backing Immigration Change – Businessweek

Former U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson says “a growing number” of his fellow Republicans
favor changes to U.S. immigration policy, one of several
“structural” steps he supports to improve the economy.

Congress needs to reach bipartisan compromises — including
on immigration-law revisions and changes to tax and trade policy
— to help spur a more robust economic recovery, Paulson said in
an interview on CNN’s “Fareed Zakaria GPS” program airing

“I think immigration reform would make a huge
difference,” Paulson said in a transcript released yesterday by
the network. “I think immigration reform is necessary.”

The push for a comprehensive immigration bill, which the
Senate passed a year ago, has stalled and prospects are dimming
that any sort of measure will be approved by Congress before the
November midterm elections. House Republicans, led by Speaker
John Boehner of Ohio, have refused to act on the Senate bill and
little progress has been made on alternatives.

Paulson, though, said there is support among Republicans
for action on the issue.

“I am a Republican,” he said. “ I think you’re seeing a
growing number of Republicans that favor immigration reform.”

Paulson, who headed the Treasury Department under former
President George W. Bush, is appearing on the CNN show with
Robert Rubin, Treasury secretary under former President Bill Clinton.

Much of the business community has been lobbying for
changes to immigration policy to ease labor gaps in the U.S.,
including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which traditionally
supports Republican candidates.

Suing Obama

Boehner last week said the House will sue the Obama
administration because of the president’s use of executive
actions to circumvent Congress, including orders he’s issued for
law enforcement to be more selective in the deportation of
undocumented immigrants.

The stalemate on Capitol Hill has caused immigrant
activists and some Democratic lawmakers to focus on President
Barack Obama, pressuring him to go further in halting

Under the Senate bill, many of the almost 12 million
undocumented immigrants in the U.S. would be given a path to
eventually become citizens. That provision is one that many
Republican lawmakers oppose.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, a
Virginia Republican, said last week that Obama should do more to
pressure the Mexican government to help stop a surge of
unaccompanied children illegally crossing the U.S. border.

As many as 60,000 unaccompanied and undocumented children
may cross from Mexico into the U.S. this year, a 10-fold
increase from last year, Goodlatte said at a breakfast in
Washington. The “border surge” of unaccompanied children may
rise to as many as 150,000 next year, he said.

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To contact the editors responsible for this story:
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Don Frederick, Nancy Moran

Paulson Sees More Republicans Backing Immigration Change – Businessweek

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