Congress punted on immigration

Let's get this straight: The problem involves more than 12 million illegal acts, the safety of our borders, the basic protection of workers, questions of family unity, concerns about the erosion of the English language and the impact on our social service systems, just to hit the highlights.

Congress' response? Let's do nothing.

That, essentially, is what happened recently when the U.S. Senate rejected the latest attempt to get a sweeping immigration bill passed this year.

Remarkable. The nay-sayers haven't scored a victory. They have, once again, put off dealing with an issue that, poll after poll, has shown is one of the top concerns of most Americans. ...

To be sure, few people were happy with all aspects of the bill. ...

With Bush's presidency winding down and with the 2008 presidential election on the horizon, supporters will have a hard time reviving such a contentious bill in the next few years. Detractors didn't win. They simply gave one of the nation's most complicated problems more time to get worse.

The above editorial excerpt is from the Poughkeepsie (N.Y.) Journal.