Today’s big news, of course, is the immigration compromise that was announced yesterday by a bipartisan group of Senators and hailed by the White House. The proposal is problematic in a number of ways, and has been criticized from both right and left. Remarkably, I think, criticism from the left has focused mainly on the fact that under the new plan, some green cards would be awarded on the basis of merit rather than consanguinity.
A basic question, though, is whether there is any serious chance the “reform” package will become law. This morning, it was reported that the measure may not even be brought to the floor of the House:

Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., acknowledging deep divisions on immigration among Democrats, says she won’t bring it up unless President Bush can guarantee he will produce 70 Republican backers


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