Conservative and libertarian scholars are clashing over the findings and political implications of the new Heritage Foundation immigration study. The study, however, also provides a very useful exploration into how massive the American welfare state has become.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) wondered where Department of Homeland Security Sec. Janet Napolitano, who had focused most of her attention on the terrorist attacks in Boston, found time to read the legislation she was testifying at Tuesday’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearing,
"Without legislative language," Senate Judiciary Committee
Chairman Patrick Leahy declared in a statement March 20, "there is nothing
for the Judiciary Committee to consider this week at our markup."
The subject of the statement was immigration legislation, and his
irritation was understandable.
Passing major legislation is not a path to the presidency. So why is Sen. Marco Rubio, who is almost surely running for the 2016 Republican nomination, working so hard on comprehensive immigration reform?
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