Column: Put partisanship aside for sound immigration reform

President Barack Obama a month ago attended July 4 ceremonies for 25 members of the U.S. armed forces who were sworn in as newly minted American citizens. It was a quiet, dignified and impressive event that punctuated the importance of somehow solving what has become the nation’s most pressing domestic problem: the lack of coherent immigration policy.

More than that, it seemed an oasis of sanity in the political upheaval that is bound to be a major issue in the coming midterm elections and the crisis that deepens daily, aggravated by an onslaught of homeless children at our borders and the refusal of the Congress to pass the fiscal wherewithal to deal with it before the coming August recess.

If House Speaker John Boehner is to salvage any hope of being regarded in history as anything even close to mediocre, he needs to get his majority Republican troops in line with a reasonable solution or reach some compromise with the administration.

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