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John Boehner’s legacy rests on immigration

Published: Jun 24, 2013 9:00 am By: Joshua Green - The Boston Globe

"Boehner’s legacy will hinge on immigration reform. It’s the only accomplishment of any significance still feasible given Washington’s chronic sclerosis. It serves both parties’ interests, even if some Republicans object vehemently to it. Democrats need to deliver for Latinos, a vital constituency, while Republicans may not be able to win the White House without expanding their appeal to this rapidly growing community. “We’re in a demographic death spiral as a party,” Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina warned on Sunday. And, unlike debt reduction, which Boehner cannot achieve without the blessing of his caucus, immigration reform will probably present him with a chance to act alone. He’ll be the pivotal figure."

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