Policy Round-Up: Immigration Reform

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Nakia Gladden
Nakia Gladden

According to lawmakers on both sides of the aisle, it’s unlikely that comprehensive immigration reform will pass this year. This is clearly a blow for the Obama Administration, which named immigration reform a top priority for their second term.

SUENG MIN KIM AND CARRIE BUDOFF BROWN HEADLINE POLITICO WITH “HOW IMMIGRATION REFORM DIED”:

“The best chance in three decades to rewrite immigration laws has slipped away just one year after the Senate garnered 68 votes for sweeping reform of the system, 20 months after strong Hispanic turnout for Democrats in the 2012 election sparked a GOP panic, and five years after Obama promised to act.”

“Immigration reform’s slow but steady failure exposes how an ideologically diverse and powerful network of supporters couldn’t bend the one group that mattered: House Republicans. Proponents turned their attention late to the House because of a longer-than-expected Senate debate, and once they did, the GOP’s political will had faded and hard-liners made inroads with newer lawmakers that were difficult to reverse, according to interviews with several dozen key participants on both sides of the battle.”

Read the full article in Politico

DAVID NAKAMURA AND ED O’KEEFE OF WASHINGTON POST EXPLAINS:

“The slow collapse of new border legislation — which has unraveled in recent months amid persistent opposition from House Republicans — marks the end of an effort that Democrats and Republicans have characterized as central to the future of their parties. The failure also leaves about 12 million illegal immigrants in continued limbo over their status and is certain to increase political pressure on Obama from the left to act on his own.”

“Some of the most vocal proponents of a legislative overhaul say they have surrendered any last hope that the parties can reach a deal. The realization marks a low point for advocates who mounted the first serious immigration push since 2007, when the Senate defeated a bipartisan effort under then-President George W. Bush.”

Read the full article on Washingtonpost.com

ACCORDING TO JIM AVILA OF ABCNEWS, DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS SIMPLY COULD NOT REACH A COMPROMISE:

“The slow collapse of new border legislation — which has unraveled in recent months amid persistent opposition from House Republicans — marks the end of an effort that Democrats and Republicans have characterized as central to the future of their parties. The failure also leaves about 12 million illegal immigrants in continued limbo over their status and is certain to increase political pressure on Obama from the left to act on his own.”

“Some of the most vocal proponents of a legislative overhaul say they have surrendered any last hope that the parties can reach a deal. The realization marks a low point for advocates who mounted the first serious immigration push since 2007, when the Senate defeated a bipartisan effort under then-President George W. Bush.”

Read the full article on Abcnews.com

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