The Washington Post ran an interesting article today titled: “How immigration reform is winning even while it’s still losing.”
The story starts with the statement that a group called the Fix is convinced that immigration reform will not happen any time soon because the Republicans in Congress do not feel comfortable voting for a path to citizenship because most of their base is dead set against it.
The Public Religion Research Institute has been asking Americans for years to rate the country’s immigration system on a scale of “completely broken to generally working”.
In March of 2010, 54 percent of those polled said that the immigration system was broken. Today that number is much higher. It is 71 percent. “And just 26 percent say the system can generally characterized as “working: down from 41 percent in 2010.
The article goes on to say that this determines that the issue of immigration reform is gaining recognition amongst the American people. However, these people who think the system is broken are “far too casual about it to actually force Congress to act. In other words it is not a priority for them.
Hence, though Americans think that immigration reform is necessary it is not enough a priority for them to call members of Congress and pressure them to take action. Most Americans are probably concerned more about economic conditions, health care, and other day-to-day issues. Therefore, do not expect immigration reform to happen soon.
It will be interesting to see how the Republicans try, via negotiations, to water down President Obama’s executive order on Immigration when they control Congress next year. Stay tuned.
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