You know a bill is in trouble in
Yes, obviously a, b, and d are basically the same thing, but the point is that a tolerably powerful cadre of House Republicans don't want immigration reform to happen. Although a major lobbying push for immigration reform by business leaders (Mark Zuckerberg,
The disarray among Congressional Republicans is visible. Sen.
In a sane political atmosphere, passing the Senate immigration bill would be a no-brainer on both sides of the aisle. The
Among the more intriguing features of the partisan discussion is the feeling of some Republicans that there's no gain for them in promoting immigration reform. All the talk of Latino outreach after the 2012 election seems to have given way to a feeling that the GOP won't get the Latino vote no matter what, so why bother? Leaving aside the good that reform will do for the country as a whole, there's a big difference between topping out at, say, 27% of the Latino vote (
It shouldn't be forgotten that the Senate bill itself is a compromise that made the prospect of citizenship a mirage for millions of immigrants already in the country illegally. It would take at least 13 years to gain citizenship, and then only after paying thousands of dollars in fines and fees. In the meantime, they would be ineligible for federal relief or healthcare subsidies. Immigration advocates gave up a lot to get even that far, but the House has demanded even stricter rules.
So immigration reform gives us a larger economy. More jobs. Better pay. Less abuse of workers without means of recourse. Lower federal deficits.
What's not to like? Oh, yes. it would give the Democrats a victory. It sounds like some people won't go for immigration reform under any circumstances. That's the new paradigm of governing in Washington: Just say no.
Tell me whether you think Congress finally should pass an immigration reform bill.