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"Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has hired a veteran expert on immigration policy, a move that could signal a renewed House effort to act on the issue in 2014. Rebecca Tallent, director of immigration policy at the Bipartisan Policy Center, will start her new job as assistant to the Speaker on Wednesday. Her arrival was one of several personnel moves Boehner announced Tuesday. Tallent previously served as chief of staff to Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and was deeply involved in efforts to pass immigration reform in 2006 and 2007. Advocates for immigration reform cheered the hiring of Tallent, viewing it as a sign that Boehner is serious about pursuing legislation in 2014. “She is bright, knowledgeable. She is as good as anybody in the city. Period. End of story,” Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Fla.) said. “It’s a huge, huge get for Speaker Boehner.” “She’s not going to be doing this if it’s going to be a waste of her time,” he added." - The Hill, Dec. 3, 2013.