Immigration push threatens to divide Republicans

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In the heat of an election year, the prospect of immigration legislation threatens to strike a divide into the Republican Party on Capitol Hill.

House Speaker John Boehner is sending new signals that he’s preparing to aggressively push for an immigration bill, even if it causes the rank-and-file headaches. But on the other side of the Hill, top Senate Republicans are picking a different fight — going after the Obama administration over reported efforts to ease deportations.

In a letter sent Thursday to President Obama and signed by 22 Senate Republicans, they accused the administration of “an astonishing disregard for the Constitution.” The reported deportation changes, they charged, would be a “near complete abandonment of basic immigration enforcement.”

The same day, Boehner was putting out a very different message in his home district in Ohio.

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