The Associated Press reports that the effort to pass a compromise immigration bill this year is “all but doomed.” The AP blames “election-year concerns in the House” and “conservatives’ implacable opposition to citizenship for millions of illegal immigrants.” Translated, this means that the House leadership knows that the American people do not support a guest worker program or a path to citizenship for illegals, not to mention the more objectionable features of the Senate bill that are not yet widely known to the public. So the House has decided to stand firm. The House may hold hearings on the Senate’s bill, but, if the AP is right, there won’t be a compromise package this year.
That’s both good policy and good politics. As we’ve said before, no bill is much better than a bad bill.