John Boehner passed up one of the most vocal anti-immigrant voices, Steve King, for Chair of the Immigration Subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee. Obviously he's angry, and I hope he's right as he charges the following:
“John Boehner isn't very aggressive on immigration," King said, noting that the GOP "Pledge to America" barely mentions immigration or border security. "It's the tiniest section," he said.
It seems to be a sign, however small, that the Republican leadership wants to soften its tone on immigration. That does not necessarily lead to commonsensical legislation, but it is better than nothing. On the other hand, Boehner is someone who called the 2007 immigration reform bill a "piece of shit" so softening the tone does not come naturally.