Hold immigration reform.Byline: The Register-Guard
It will require either an unexpected outbreak of reasoned bipartisanship In a two-party system (such as in the United States or Australia), bipartisan refers to any bill, act, resolution, or any other action of a political body in which both of the major political parties are in agreement. on Capitol Hill or an aggressive lobbying blitz by a distracted and unpopular president for Congress to reach a compromise on immigration reform Immigration reform is the common term used in political discussions regarding changes to immigration policy. In a certain sense, reform can be general enough to include promoted, expanded, or open immigration, but in reality discussions of reform often deal with the aspect of before its campaign-season recess.
Since neither scenario appears likely - and since lawmakers seem incapable of forging an acceptable compromise between a flawed but promising Senate bill and a retrograde retrograde /ret·ro·grade/ (ret´ro-grad) going backward; retracing a former course; catabolic.
1. Moving or tending backward.
2. and punitive House version, Congress should postpone debate on this critically important issue until a lame-duck session after the November election or even, if necessary, next year.
Earlier this year, Congress missed an extraordinary opportunity to fix this nation's broken immigration immigration, entrance of a person (an alien) into a new country for the purpose of establishing permanent residence. Motives for immigration, like those for migration generally, are often economic, although religious or political factors may be very important. system after the U.S. Senate approved a comprehensive reform bill. The legislation addressed the nation's economic and national security needs by toughening border enforcement, while also providing for an expanded guest worker program and the possibility of legal residency for the 12 million undocumented immigrants who are already in this country.
Sponsored by Sens. John McCain For McCain's grandfather and father, see John S. McCain, Sr. and John S. McCain, Jr., respectively
John Sidney McCain III (born August 29, 1936 in Panama Canal Zone) is an American politician, war veteran, and currently the Republican Senior U.S. Senator from Arizona. , R-Ariz., and Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., the Senate bill was a massive improvement over a mean-spirited and unrealistic House bill that relied exclusively on border controls, criminal sanctions and deportation deportation, expulsion of an alien from a country by an act of its government. The term is not applied ordinarily to sending a national into exile or to committing one convicted of crime to an overseas penal colony (historically called transportation). .
The Senate reformers made an extensive effort to persuade House Republicans to negotiate a compromise, and recently have even said they are willing to consider legislation that would require a secure border before a guest worker plan could be put in place. But House leaders have refused to budge from their enforcement-only approach, choosing instead to stage a summer-long series of fear-mongering hearings intended to stoke stoke
A unit of kinematic viscosity equal to that of a fluid with a viscosity of one poise and a density of one gram per milliliter.
stoke anti-immigrant fervor and delay legislative action until after the fall elections.
The House leadership's refusal to negotiate with the Senate on reform has been irresponsible. An estimated 400,000 undocumented immigrants cross this country's southern border each year, and that flow could soon increase given the current political instability in Mexico.
President Bush, who favors the Senate's comprehensive approach, might have spent what remains of his dwindling dwin·dle
v. dwin·dled, dwin·dling, dwin·dles
To become gradually less until little remains.
To cause to dwindle. See Synonyms at decrease. political capital to force House Republicans to negotiate a compromise. But he has been distracted by the deteriorating war in Iraq and other Middle East developments, and his low standing in the polls has prompted Republican lawmakers to distance themselves from the president and his immigration agenda in the critical weeks before the mid-term election.
After the election, there's hope that House Republicans can stop their posturing and summon the courage and statesmanship necessary to make meaningful immigration reform a reality.
If they don't, Americans will know who to blame.