Mending in Washington not necessarily good news for immigration reform

Amendments to Immigration BillWhile the government shutdown may have been temporarily resolved this week (though things are sure to come to a head once more in January), and despite coming together with the Democrats to do this, Republicans say they will not yield on immigration reform.

Senator Harry Reid said, after the shutdown had been fixed, that he looks “forward to the next venture, which is making sure we do immigration reform.”

In response, Republican Trey Gowdy, head of the House immigration committee, simply said: “Good luck.”

While on the surface things may seem to be better in the Washington, that isn’t the case at all. The 16-day shutdown has burned Republicans even more, who were ultimately the ones to back down and yield to the Democrats, who were strong and held their ground.

They may have been forced to come together to stop the shut down, but Republicans will not feel the same pressure to address immigration reform, and if Democrats don’t compromise, the country may not see any reform at all this year.

Said Gowdy: “It’s a little disingenuous to treat the House as an irrelevant branch of government and then say, ‘By the way, tomorrow you’ll need to go ahead and push [immigration reform]. It doesn’t work that way.”

If we do see reform this year, it will have to be a cross between the all-encompassing Senate bill and the piece-by-piece approach the Republicans want. Democrats will likely have to grant Republicans a huge increase in border security and harder workplace enforcement if they want a path to U.S. citizenship to be pushed through.

More on Immigration Reform:

  • Immigration Reform 2013
  • Gang of 8
  • Earned Citizenship
  • Streamlining Immigration
  • Strengthening Border Security
  • More Accountability for Employers Hiring Undocumented Immigrants