No Immigration Bill for Now

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On one level, it seems like unabashed good news that the House has decided to put off negotiating any sort of immigration bill with the Senate until after the fall elections. After all, the betting line is that, even if the Democrats don’t retake the House and the Senate, there will at least be more Democrats in Congress, which will likely make it harder for the GOP to pass a draconian immigration bill with walls along the border and mass deportations and the like.

But I can’t honestly say I’m looking forward to a summer of “public hearings” on immigration from the House, which will likely consist of bashing the Senate’s bill and trumpeting the House Republicans’ own, more stringent bill. What are the odds that this won’t degenerate into a babble of anti-immigrant demagoguery? Oh, right, zero.

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