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January 29, 2013

Will Immigration Reform Pass This Time?

Alex Altman: "How long has it been since lawmakers went before the cameras to announce a bipartisan deal -- without the hunted look of hostage victims? Perhaps since they launched a similar bid to overhaul the U.S. immigration system. Those efforts, from 2005 to 2007, and again in 2009 and 2010, were led by many of the same Senators spearheading the push that was launched on Monday. The bills produced in those doomed efforts look eerily similar to the new framework released by the Senate's so-called Gang of Eight. Schumer touted the outline as a 'major breakthrough,' and through the prism of Washington's polarized politics, it was. It also carried a whiff of Groundhog Day."

"Despite Monday's rare bipartisan bonhomie, the Gang of Eight will have to navigate a raft of competing interests: House Republicans worried about primary challenges, a tug of war between business and labor, Hispanics unsatisfied by the arduous and murky path to citizenship. Then there are the looming brawls over the budget and gun control, which could poison whatever cross-aisle goodwill exists."

The Cloakroom: A long way to go on immigration reform.


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