USA Today reports that House Speaker John Boehner has hired Rebecca Tallent to advise him on immigration issues. Strong pro-immigration reform credentials of Ms. Tallent signal Republican leadership's willingness to push immigration reform in 2014.
"Tallent, most recently director of immigration policy at the Bipartisan Policy Center in Washington, D.C., worked for McCain, R-Ariz., for years, including a stint as his chief of staff. Before that, she was an aide to then-Rep. Jim Kolbe, R-Ariz., who, like McCain, was a supporter of comprehensive immigration reform. 'I'll be focusing on trying to get this sticky immigration situation worked out,' Tallent wrote in an e-mail announcing her final day at the Bipartisan Policy Center. Reform supporters and opponents alike say the move by Boehner, R-Ohio, is the clearest signal yet House GOP leaders are sincere when they say they want to act on a series of immigration-reform bills."