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Three Dates in June that Mark the Current Immigration Moment

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Steve King Anti-DREAMer Vote; DACA Anniversary; and Senate Bill Passage Anniversary

Will the GOP Exit June as the Anti-Immigrant Party, or as a Party Capable of Winning the White House in 2016?

As the calendar turns to June, this month will see three different immigration-related anniversaries that add up to a telling reflection of the current immigration state of play.

According to Frank Sharry, Executive Director of America’s Voice:

The moment of truth is at hand.  If House Republicans plan to move on immigration reform this Congress, most likely we will know it before the end of the month.  June has played an outsized role when it comes to momentous immigration developments in recent years.  Two years ago, the President’s historic DACA announcement changed lives and the course of the 2012 election.  Last year, the optimism generated by the Senate’s historic bipartisan vote for reform was tempered by the realization that House Republicans were  more comfortable giving Steve King a vote than in moving forward with immigration reform.  This June, will the GOP fulfill its 2012 mandate to enact immigration reform, or will the coroner declare the party dead with the fastest growing groups of new voters in America?  Will it make itself competitive in 2016 or risk becoming a regional party unable to retake the White House?  Will it take the initiative or cede it to President Obama and the push to have him use existing legal authority to grant work authorization to low-priority immigrants eligible under the bipartisan Senate bill?  Here’s predicting we’ll know by the end of the month.

339 Days Since Senate Passed its Immigration Bill; 25 Days Left Until Window of Opportunity Closes