Put away the festive hats, my friends. The party is over on immigration reform. The House Republicans, who control that body, have pronounced the Senate's comprehensive immigration reform bill dead on arrival.
In truth, the massive Senate bill was never more than political theater, a crass attempt to woo Latino voters by a coalition of politicians with temporary mutual objectives. These included the national committees of both major parties, senators with national ambitions and those in districts with large Latino populations. They are the only winners in this farrago. The losers are the U.S. public, the majority of whom support immigration reform, at least in principle.
So today, I think it's worthwhile to reprise an essay I penned in March of this year. Unfortunately, it is still all too relevant.