There was much celebrating when the U.S. Senate passed a sweeping immigration reform bill, but it is difficult to pinpoint the motivation for the exercise in self-congratulation. If the celebration was about the substance of the bill, it was premature. If it was because the heretofore dysfunctional chamber finally found bipartisan common ground on something, the celebration won’t last.
The need for a comprehensive overhaul of the nation’s immigration system has been obvious since President George W. Bush targeted reform during his presidency. He was close, but the attacks of Sept. 11 closed what possibilities there were. More recently, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce as well as the Texas Association of Business have each called for immigration reform. They and other business interests say immigration reform makes good economic sense. Their voices have joined those who want immigration reform for humanitarian reasons.
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