Comprehensive Immigration Reform is Unlikely in the Foreseeable Future
2013 started off with much excitement, anticipation, and hope for comprehensive immigration reform (CIR). The Senate actually passed its comprehensive immigration reform bill (S.744) in June. However, the Republican leadership has not agreed to bring the Senate’s bipartisan immigration reform to vote in the House.
On November 21, Speaker John Boehner still said that immigration reform was “absolutely not” a dead issue, but he has scheduled only eight days of work in the House for December, and adjourning on December 13 for the year, with no date for a vote on immigration reform. Barring any partisan miracle, it is almost certain that immigration reform will have to wait until the second session of the 113th Congress, after the House convenes in January 2014. However, as 2014 midterm elections will soon approach, bipartisan cooperation and support needed for CIR will be even more difficult and unlikely.