The Immigration Compromise of 2013

Friday, 18 January 2013 17:42

Republicans who have opposed any immigration reform that include a pathway to citizenship for the undocumented have been chastened by the results of the recent election, and some of them are willing to find a compromise.


To get a deal, the Democrats will have to allow some form of guest worker and skilled worker program. This should ensure enough pro-agriculture and pro-business Republican votes in the House to pass a bill that includes a pathway to citizenship for the undocumented who are already here. But pro-labor Democrats oppose guest worker programs, so it will be a fine line. Unfortunately the balancing issues may be a reduction in future immigration along with compulsory e-verify. We may get a pathway to citizenship for the ten million who are already here, but at the cost of severely restricting future immigration. It will be a bitter pill to swallow, but from my perspective may be the most viable compromise.


I am concerned that the debate about gun control will prevent the President and the Congress from tackling immigration reform. If they delay the debate and the horse trading too long, the 2014 midterm elections will cast a shadow on the debate.


Now the question becomes; What can people of good will do to help the two sides reach a compromise? I will be writing emails to all of the Republicans in my address book. They need to know that a humane compromise on this subject does not mean that they will lose the next election. What else? You tell me; I look forward to hearing your ideas.