Immigration reform is experiencing, at best, a time of uncertainty in the House of Representatives, between the effort on its behalf by conservative lobbyists and the lack of time to take action before the end of the year.
Resistance against comprehensive immigration reform remains solid among the most Tea Party-aligned lawmakers, who see proposals leading to legalizing the undocumented as “amnesty.” This stance has little to do with the true conservative vision on immigration.
That is why more than 600 religious, political, civic, legal and business leaders went to Washington last week to pressure the House’s Republican caucus to pass immigration reform within the next 60 days.
As a practical matter, these two months only represent 16 days of legislative sessions according to the outrageous calendarbecause it includes so few workdaysof the House of Representatives.
The slowdown nature of a process that only approved five bills in committeenone of them about legalizationand the few workdays left are reasons to be a bit discouraged.
But at any rate, the good news is that there are already some GOP House members who have expressed support for the bill put together by the Democratic caucus, which is similar to the one the Senate passed. In this case, three swallows (or Republicans) do not a summer make. But they do help a lot in getting closer to the number of votes needed for the reform.
The conservative lobbying effort can be expected to make some House members listen to reason, so they can see that the stereotypes that were created have nothing to do with reality.