Wednesday, June 21, 2006

No immigration reform this summer

It looks like immigration reform is dead for the foreseeable future, which really should come as no surprise. Instead, there will be some “field hearings” in the fall, conducted in the Southwest and South, where Republicans hope that restrictionist sentiment will boost their November chances. These will likely be political circuses, and painful to watch.

The Republicans are banking on the idea that the “will of the people” is enforcement only. As I’ve said many times, there is scant evidence for that. On the other hand, maybe they just have their eyes on specific congressional districts where they think the issue may swing the election.


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