Democrats About to Have to Make Some Tough Choices
The Hill reports on the dilemma Democrats face. Clearly, the GOP leaders in the House are not going to offer a set of principles nearly as good for immigrants overall than what has been passed by the Senate (though there are some provisions - such as those related to guest workers and certain provisions related to high skilled workers that may be more immigrant-friendly in the House versions). The House is likely going to more closely tie legalization provisions to enforcement benchmarks and not include a special path to citizenship designed to ensure that most of those legalized eventually get green cards. And they're likely going to include provisions designed to give states more authority to enforce immigration law. Republicans will need more than just a few Democrats to sign on so the question is going to be how far House Democrats are willing to go to make a deal. The Democrats are wisely not making concessions before bills are introduced, but they'll probably want to respond quickly after the Republicans introduce their principles later this month. My hope is that they will keep an open mind rather than reflexively shut the door on a deal. I'm cautiously optimistic that's the approach that will be taken.