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Pryor leaning toward support of immigration reform bill

Posted By on Fri, Jun 14, 2013 at 8:43 AM

Sen. Mark Pryor is still being relatively cagey, natch, but he told the Wall Street Journal that his "inclination is to vote for the [immigration reform] legislation." In the last week, a poll sponsored by an anti-immigration group* showed opposition to the bill in the state, while a poll sponsored by a group in favor of the bill found support.

There's probably more to the political calculus than opinion polls, as the WSJ article notes:

Mr. Pryor, who has split with Democrats over other high-profile issues this year, including gun-control and budget legislation, said the immigration overhaul draws support from many communities in his home state.

“A lot of the business community wants this, a lot of the agricultural community wants this,” he said. “We have people who don’t want this, but by and large most of your employers, they’d like to see this happen.”

Wal-Mart Stores Inc., which is based in Bentonville, Ark., in February broadly praised the efforts of the White House and the group of eight senators at the time working on crafting the Senate bill. And last month, it hosted a panel at the Bipartisan Policy Center in Washington to explore the legislation’s impact on the economy.

“We believe reform will grow and strengthen our communities, our economy and the American workforce,” Leslie Dach, executive vice president of corporate affairs said in a February statement.

*We should note that FAIR, the anti-immigration group in question, was founded by John Tanton, who sounds an awful lot like a white nationalist. Tanton continues to serve on FAIR's board of advisors.

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