North and South of the Border Amnesty Advocacy Accelerates

Despite Early Success, Immigration Bill Faces Uncertain Path Forward
Joe Guzzardi – CAPS — Immigration advocacy never ends. During the August congressional recess, House representatives took a drubbing in their local districts from their irate constituents. At more than 400 Town Halls hosted by 150 representatives, the loud and clear message was, boiled down to two words, “No amnesty!”

When the House returned to Capitol Hill in September, immigration reform was, at best, stalled. Although few in Congress have the courage to say flat out that amnesty is dead, their strongly hedged comments indicated as much. The lone exception was, surprisingly, Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) who, responding to two key Republican resignations from the House Gang of 7, said, “It’s just not gonna happen now.”

Gutierrez made his prediction last week. But he may be wrong. Only two days after Gutierrez’s forecast, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) announced her broad outline to introduce amnesty legislation. Pelosi’s strategy is to force House Republicans into a vote, Americans’ wishes be damned… [Read More]