Views: Do House GOP leaders mean what they say on immigration?
The House Republican leadership, meeting recently at the party’s winter retreat, kept its new immigration reform “principles” as secret as the nuclear codes. Old immigration hands on the Hill, who might have been expected to play a big part in producing the document, were barely consulted. When Speaker John Boehner’s office wanted a knowledgeable Hill staffer to take a look at the work in progress, the person was invited into a room to examine a draft – no copying or note-taking allowed. And the contents remained a mystery to almost all GOP lawmakers until Boehner unveiled them at a members-only meeting Jan. 30.