On Tuesday, the U.S. government came to a halt when Republicans and Democrats could not agree on a new budget for the coming year. Republicans included a measure to defund Obamacare in every funding bill they produced, and Democrats rejected them all.
Today, though, Democrats in the House put forward a bill that would provide a path to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants living here. It also would strengthen border security.
The proposal was dismissed by Republican aides who said it was unlikely to get a vote in the chamber.
Symbolically, however, the proposal stands as a promise to those who have been fighting for immigration reform that despite all the happenings in Washington, their fight has not been forgotten.
Further than a symbolic gesture, though, is the slim chance that the government shutdown might hugely benefit the fight for immigration reform.
It’s been speculated that such clashes as this on Washington will allow pressure to build until there is a huge meltdown in the Republican party, the side largely responsible for the government shutdown. When and if that meltdown happens, a group of center-leaning Republicans is likely to emerge, through which comprehensive immigration reform could easily and quickly be passed.
More on Immigration Reform:
- Immigration Reform 2013
- Gang of 8
- Earned Citizenship
- Streamlining Immigration
- Strengthening Border Security
- More Accountability for Employers Hiring Undocumented Immigrants