Stalled immigrant bill could impact WA elections

Stalled immigrant bill could impact WA elections

Credit: KING 5 News

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by ASSOCIATED PRESS

KREM.com

Posted on January 19, 2014 at 12:25 PM

SEATTLE (AP) -- Despite advancing with bipartisan support in the House on the first day of the legislative session, a proposal that expands state financial aid for college students in the country without legal status is likely to stall in the Republican-controlled Senate.

Senate Majority Leader Rodney Tom, the Democrat leading the predominantly Republican Majority Coalition Caucus, says the bill is important but that his caucus is focusing on other issues.

 Inaction this session on bills important to immigrants and minorities, such as the so-called Dream Act, could be used as a wedge issue in the upcoming elections, where control of the Senate will be up for grabs.

Political consultants say a bill like the Dream Act can be used to rally people against a candidate, given that immigrant-rights groups are a key constituency of the Democratic Party. 

 

 

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