July 31, 2013

The Buzz: Republican donors press House to act on immigration path

GOP donors call on House to OK immigrants' legal path

GOP donors call on House to OK immigrants' legal path

With a plan to overhaul the nation's immigration policies apparently stalled in the House of Representatives, about 100 Republican donors and donor groups today urged GOP representatives to embrace a "path to legal status" for undocumented immigrants.

The letter writers include 14 donors and donor groups from California, who sent a separate, nearly identical, letter to House Republicans from the Golden State. The Californians include fast food executive Andrew Puzder, former San Francisco Giants owner Peter Magowan, venture capitalist David Hanna and the Lincoln Club of Orange County.

"Standing in the way of reform ensures that we perpetuate a broken system that stifles our economy, leave millions of people living in America unaccounted for, maintain a porous border, and risk a long-lasting perception that Republicans would rather see nothing done than pass needed reform," they write. "That is not the path for the Republican Party."

The Senate approved legislation for more border security, a guest-worker program and a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. The bill's prospects are dimmer in the Republican-controlled House.

The letter was paid for by Republicans for Immigration Reform, a super-PAC>>BALLOT WATCH

California's secretary of state's office has won a technology award for implementing an online voter registration system last year. The Center for Digital Government honored the system as Best Application Serving the Public. An estimated 883,600 California voters – out of 17.8 million registered – have used the system to register or update their registration.


"We're talking about isolated state capitals like California, which is a populous state, but the capital, Sacramento, is far away from anything."

DAVID GREENE, co-host of National Public Radio's "Morning Edition," referring to a Harvard study that concluded states with "isolated" state capitals have higher levels of corruption . – David Siders – Bee Capitol Bureau

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