Condoleezza Rice forming bipartisan immigration group

WASHINGTON Fri Feb 8, 2013 3:34pm EST

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice speaks during the third session of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida August 29, 2012. REUTERS/Eric Thayer

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice speaks during the third session of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida August 29, 2012.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is working to put together a group of high-profile Republicans and Democrats to find on bipartisan solutions to the immigration problem, a source familiar with the plans said on Friday.

Rice, a political science professor at Stanford University in California and a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, is setting up the group with former Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour, a Republican, and two Democrats, former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell and former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Henry Cisneros, the source said on condition of anonymity.

Formation of the group comes as President Barack Obama and both houses of Congress confront how to overhaul U.S. immigration laws in ways that both toughen security along the U.S.-Mexico border and provide a pathway to citizenship for as many as 11 million illegal immigrants.

Rice gave a well-received speech at the Republican National Convention in Tampa last summer but has not shown many political aspirations since leaving the State Department at the end of the George W. Bush administration four years ago.

(Reporting By Steve Holland; Editing by Doina Chiacu)

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Comments (2)
fromthecenter wrote:
Why do they always point their fingers in the air, how much is she getting paid I wonders?

Feb 08, 2013 9:03pm EST  --  Report as abuse
wrote:
‘Once beaten, twice shy.’ Republicans are not about to repeat the mistake that deprived them a chance to replace a government that oversaw one of the worst economic depressions since World War II. Who said Obama wasn’t a brilliant strategist? He used the many unanswered immigration questions to his advantage. Or how else could he have pulled off a massive November 2012 landslide without an outside help? The Republicans should know by now that the society has evolved and so should they, or risk gradual but sure extinction.
I have lived in several countries across the globe, largely as an immigrant. I know what it is like fleeing your native country into another.
Based on my immigration experiences from all over the places, I would suggest that people of similar ethnic grouping should live together and not emigrate. This, though, is untenable as migration becomes inevitable with our changing times. I did not mince words in my book titled ‘Evicted From My Space’. This book reveals all the evils I experienced during my 22 years of skipping borders. I have lived with several peoples of the world; I have been the guinea pig used in studying people’s reactions in several immigration situations.

Feb 10, 2013 5:10am EST  --  Report as abuse
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