Is Immigration Reform Dead?

By: Christopher King
Blog Category: Immigration Reform

The prospect that immigration reform will pass Congress anytime in the near future seems to have dimmed significantly as the House gang of seven immigration plan almost certainly will not be introduced this fall as promised.  Although politically the gang of seven immigration plan is significantly to the right of the Senate immigration bill, it has been largely been viewed as a potential compromise that could conceivably garner votes from a number of congressional Republicans.  The demise of this bipartisan plan appears to be due to the lack of support that the Republicans in the gang of seven have received from House Republican leaders.

While there is a small possibility that immigration reform could find its way onto the House agenda for the fall, House Republican leaders appear unwilling to hold a vote on any legislation that is not supported by a majority of House Republicans, further limiting the possibility of real bipartisan reform.  The more likely outcome is that House Republican leaders will simply let immigration reform die and, once again, fail to address a serious national problem that both sides of the aisle agree needs to be resolved.

The opinions expressed herein are strictly those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Widener Journal of Law, Economics & Race.

Source:

Greg Sargent, In Blow to Immigration Reform, House ‘Gang of Seven’ Bill Looks Dead, Washington Post (Sept. 11, 2013), http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2013/09/20/in-blow-to-immigration-reform-house-gang-of-seven-bill-looks-dead.

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