State of the Union: What Viewers Want to Know About Immigration and Foreign Policy

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President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address brought up a number of things worth discussing — not least among them the facial expressions of House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) — but the issues of immigration and foreign policy made a notable appearance that left viewers with some questions. The first: have businesses put sufficient pressure on Republicans to make the passage of bipartisan immigration bill possible — a priority, even?

Obama spoke on groups in Congress composed of both parties that are working to put a bill to the vote in coming months. “Send me a comprehensive immigration reform bill in the next few months, and I will sign it right away,” he said during Tuesday night’s address. The need for immigration reform is a topic that, at least in general, is something Boehner and the President see eye to eye on — but in the past, that hasn’t been enough.

In June, Boehner said that, “Securing our borders, enforcing our laws, and making the process of becoming a legal immigrant fairer will in fact help America remain a magnet for the brightest minds and the hardest workers in the world.” Despite the Republican leader’s call for reform, the agricultural policy bill he put to the Republican-led House was shot down at the time. Then, in late October, Republicans came to Washington to lobby against their own party representatives, with business executives and donors even holding financial contributions over the head of soon-to-be campaigning Republican Congressmen.

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