Immigration reform and bipartisanship

This is a striking CNN piece that shows how hard it is to forge bipartisan policy with the current administration in place. I am a strong proponent of opening immigration and creating legal paths to citizenship in the U.S. Its is one crucial ingredient in what has made our country great.

Washington (CNN) – Some senior Democratic members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus used a private White House meeting Friday to urge President Obama not to unveil his own immigration legislation, for fear of blowing up delicate bipartisan talks, Democratic sources tell CNN.

This is significant for several reasons.

First, because the White House has been telling senators and advocates that they are writing their own immigration bill, in legislative language. It is incredibly rare for the White House to write its own bill.

Second – Democrats urging the president not to release a bill illustrates how polarizing the immigration issue remains – especially for Republicans who fear that signing onto any legislation that could be seen as authored by the president could invite primary challenges for Republicans.

If he is more interested in “destroying republicans” than in solving problems, the issues will go no where. Read the whole thing and let’s see where the President comes out today…


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