Immigration reform: Senators and Obama duel, not the GOP’s silver bullet and more

Obama to announce his immigration reform plan, said to be more liberal than Senate effort: “The Obama administration has developed its own proposals for immigration reform that are more liberal than a separate bipartisan effort in the Senate, including a quicker path to citizenship for illegal immigrants, people with knowledge of the proposals said. President Obama is expected to provide some details of the White House plans during a Tuesday appearance in Las Vegas, where he will call for broad changes to the nation’s immigration laws. The speech will kick off a public push by the administration in support of the broadest overhaul of immigration law in nearly three decades. (Washington Post)


Why immigration reform is not a cure-all for the GOP: “For starters, while immigration is an oft-covered topic, it’s not the top issue on Latino voters’ priority list. In a pre-election Pew Hispanic Center survey released last fall, a majority of Hispanic voters said education, health care and jobs/the economy were “extremely important” to them. But only 34 percent said the same about immigration.” (Washington Post)

Bipartisan group of senators unveil immigration reform plan. (Washington Post)

Why Republicans should ignore Obama: “Conservatives need to get over President Barack Obama. It’s time to adjust to a world in which he is never going to be on the ballot again. That’s going to require a big change in the psychology of Republicans both in Washington and around the country. They disagree with Obama’s policies. They see in his personality narcissism untempered by warmth. They find his lectures irritating, and resent his soft press coverage,” writes AEI’s Ramesh Ponnuru. (Bloomberg)

Cato’s Gene Healy: Obama’s ‘second term blues’ have begun. (Washington Examiner)

Room for Debate asks: The British prime minister has called for a referendum on leaving the European Union. The president of Poland has suggested delaying until 2015 any decision about adopting the euro. When Britain, an “active member” of the union, and Poland, one of the newest member states, are both debating their involvement, it may be time to ask: Should the European Union continue as a monetary union, a political bloc, or neither? What are the obstacles to staying together, and what would be the obstacles to dissolving? (New York Times)

Hoover’s Victor Davis Hanson: The age of tokenism (National Review)

Cato’s Andrew Coulson: The real problems with highly regulated “school choice.” (Cato)

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Allen McDuffee · January 28, 2013