Monday, February 24, 2014

New US Border Policy Could Be Boon For Defense Firms

By John T. Bennett,
Februrary 14, 2014

WASHINGTON — Immigration reform legislation could provide an unexpected boost for defense firms, and one senior senator says pro-Republican business leaders’ political heft is needed to persuade House leaders to move a bill.

The Senate, last year, passed a sweeping immigration-reform measure that proposes $38 billion for new American-made weapon systems. But House Republicans, who control the lower chamber’s agenda, are skeptical not only about spending that much — but also about a slew of other immigration issues.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., and GOP leaders say the chamber will tackle immigration reform piece by piece, rather than the soup-to-nuts approach employed by the Senate.

House Republican leaders recently released the party’s “standards for immigration reform,” a one-page white paper with six categories. The first covers “border security and interior enforcement,” which the document declares “must come first.”

But the section contains almost no specifics on how the party prefers to secure America’s borders and makes no mention of the party’s stance on the Senate’s proposed weapons purchases. It appears more interested in taking shots at President Barack Obama — and his predecessors. [...]

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