McCain, Flake Applaud Boehner’s New Immigration Aide

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December 4, 2013 6:08 a.m.

Both Republican senators from the Southwestern state of Arizona applauded House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) on Wednesday for hiring a top tier immigration policy aide, a move taken as a light at the end of the tunnel by some supporters of comprehensive immigration reform.

Boehner on Tuesday hired Rebecca Tallent, currently the immigration policy director at the Bipartisan Policy Center, to work on immigration reform.

“The Speaker remains hopeful that we can enact step-by-step, common-sense immigration reforms — the kind of reforms the American people understand and support,” said Michael Steel, a spokesman for Boehner. “Becky Tallent, a well-known expert in this field of public policy, is a great addition to our team and that effort.”

Tallent previously served as chief-of-staff for McCain and worked as a senior policy adviser on his 2008 presidential campaign.

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