Immigration Reform’s Last Best Chance

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Elias Isquith

Elias Isquith is a freelance journalist and blogger. He considers Bob Dylan and Walter Sobchak to be the two great Jewish thinkers of our time; he thinks Kafka was half-right when he said there was hope, "but not for us"; and he can be reached through the twitter via @eliasisquith or via email. The opinions he expresses on the blog and throughout the interwebs are exclusively his own.

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  1. Avatar Michelle
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    For what it’s worth, I think you’re right. There’s no way comprehensive immigration reform is going to make it through the House. It was a dead letter during the Bush administration. Given the even more reactionary nature of the Tea Party Congress, the only kind of immigration reform I can imagine passing is building the biggest fence possible and putting guards every couple hundred feet.Report

    • Avatar North in reply to Michelle
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      Still, it’s good that the Dems and more thoughtful GOPers in the Senate passed something and delivered it to the house to die. The only way the overall issue will move is if clarifying failures like this occur and help demonstrate the respective parties positions. I don’t see the GOP coming out of this looking good.Report

    • Avatar Burt Likko in reply to Michelle
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      Given the even more reactionary nature of the Tea Party Congress, the only kind of immigration reform I can imagine passing is building the biggest fence possible and putting guards every couple hundred feet.

      Oh, I don’t know, the House would probably be willing to make at least minor policy concession in exchange for automated poison dart guns, electrified concertina wire, and a series of alligator pits.Report

  2. Avatar Barry
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    “After more than two years living under this Tea Party Congress, I think we can assume that unless it can be done through orthodox conservative means — chiefly, cutting spending on the poor and lowering taxes on the wealthy — Republicans are uninterested in improving the economy. Their faith in their own prescriptions is too ironclad to allow any other approach. Technocratic appeals simply won’t work.”

    You forgot ‘pork for the well-connected’ and ‘selling off public assets’.Report

  3. Avatar George Turner
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    Well, the Republicans are the only people standing in the way of the eventual minority takeover of the existing Democrat Party by conservative Catholics, based on Census Bureau projections. Sure, there might be a few liberal Democrats left in office in places like Wisconsin, Minnesota, or New Hampshire, but that will be about it.Report

  4. Avatar Keith Beacham
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    “reform is necessary not just to solve the immigration problem, but for the good of the economy and the country”

    This is justifiably understood to be a dubious assertion by the working class opponents of CIR. The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 was billed as a get tough scheme, 27 years later it’s seen as an amnesty program. I doubt that House Republicans motives are pure but there is a working class constituency that rightfully thinks it has been sold a bill of goods when it comes to immigration and trade policy.Report

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