I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again because nothing on Earth or in Heaven has changed in the last 7 years.
The immigration bill currently being debated in the USSenate is doomed to failure. It hasn’t a chance of passing in the House, but in the Senate, where it has its best chance of passing, it probably won’t pass there either.
And the reason it won’t pass has nothing to do with what is being said: that it gives amnesty to 11 million undocumented immigrants, that immigrants will get your welfare and your social security. That immigrants will take all of your jobs.
It has nothing to do with any of that.
Here is what it has to do with.
Money and Power.
The two recognized forms of legal tender in Washington, D.C.
Money. Republicans who oppose the immigration bill oppose it because they like it how it is now just fine. It’s all ducky with them and their corporate donors. Undocumented immigrants take the low-end jobs and must accept lower than minimum wage because who are they going to go to for unfair labor practices. Homebuilders, meat packers, agribusiness, you name it. Without undocumented immigrant labor hundreds or thousands of commodities would go up in price. Immigration reform cuts into profits and that will never do.
Power. Republicans who oppose the immigration bill oppose it because they like having a bloody shirt to wave around over Democrats, who just want to make it all OK. Solve the problem and you take an issue away from these Republicans, some of whom remain in office because they keep waving that bloody shirt that revs up their ignorant base – voters who can be riled by visions of dark people taking jobs and resources from them and theirs.
It’s either one or the other, but the two together form a mighty voting bloc that will for foreseeable future, spell death to any immigration reform ever to be proposed.