Maybe they want to appear decisive after some bipartisan poor performances. Perhaps they want to distract a disgusted electorate by exclaiming, “Look! Over there!”
When both President Barack Obama and his nemesis, House Speaker John Boehner, push for an immigration law by year’s end, as they did in separate events last week, motive is irrelevant. This issue should have remained on Congress’ front burner until a comprehensive reform bill was passed and sent to the president’s desk. The Senate came through during the summer, passing a bill that remains the best chance yet to put undocumented immigrants on a path — though long and winding — to citizenship. It includes fines and tighter border security.
It is a path, however, that the most vociferous, and short-sighted, opponents continue to block in the House, though their arguments are persuasive to a dwindling number of Americans.
Given Obama’s and Boehner’s anemic power of persuasion these days, the likelihood of a comprehensive law by year’s end is a long shot. Yet neither of them can fail to be as vociferous and determined as immigration reform’s benighted opponents.The Miami Herald