There’s Something Happening Here. Prospects for Immigration Reform, Part 1.

The Republican stampede to support of common sense immigration reform has been head spinning.  As one tries to absorb the bombshell of one Republican leader supporting immigration reform, another one comes out in favor.  Like coming out of any dark place, it is indeed liberating and not an hour goes by without some Republican luminary expressing his (and they all seem to be men) support for la reforma migratoria.  Let’s see, since last Tuesday, the following Republicans have come out in favor of addressing the horribly broken immigration system.

If you were not convinced that there is serious movement in the Republican party to support for immigration reform, check out the panic from the wingnuts:

On Sunday, Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) and Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) both confirmed that they were going to revive their talks on an immigration reform program.  They last got together on immigration back in the spring of 2010.  They even published an op-ed in the Washington Post detailing their plan to fix immigration.  Those talks broke down when the GOP smelled Obama’s blood in the water and decided to deprive the President of any legislative achievements in advance of the 2010 elections.  Well, they’re back and this time they mean it.

The outlines of the Graham-Schumer plan never were turned into legislation.  However, according to the op-ed, their plan consisted of four pillars: (1) production of a biometric embedded Social Security card for all American citizens and work authorized immigrants that employers could swipe to verify authenticity; (2) increased border enforcement and interior enforcement- more resources to the already militarized border and more resources to identify “criminal aliens;” (3) a new guest worker program for temporary admission of all types of needed workers; and (4) a “to the back of the line” and retributive legalization scheme for the 11 million undocumented.

That is where we left off.  In our next post, we will discuss where we can go.

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