Barack Be Nimble: Go BIG and BOLD on Comprehensive Immigration Reform

"I think the country has shifted tectonically in its embrace of CIR, as confirmed by exit polls revealing a 65% preference among all voters for granting unauthorized immigrant workers "a chance at legal status." Like Lyndon Johnson upon his unforeseen ascent to the highest office in the...

'Bibles, Badges and Business' Converge for Comprehensive Immigration Reform

" The "phantasmagoric politics" of Washington DC often produce hallucinatory effects : [A]lmost every time I travel there . . . something comes over me. Inside the Beltway, talk can give off the illusion of action. The mouthing of words, however powerful on the printed page or eloquent...

The Xenophobes Can't Kill Immigration Reform - But What Should CIR Supporters Do Now?

"Despite CIR proponents' quick retorts, the Boston bombings will likely make enactment all the more difficult. Unlike an esteemed colleague who predicts a less than 50% chance, I'm still optimistic that CIR will be enacted. If anything, Boston made the price of doing nothing simply too high...

No Time for Rich-Whining, CIR Advocates Must Stay Focused on the Senate

"The point of this post is not that revelry over the fall of xenophobes and eugenicists is wrong; rather, it is that celebrations of that sort are unaffordable luxuries. That wine is just too rich at this late hour. Advocates for enlightened CIR must instead keep eyes peeled on the Senate Judiciary...

Half a Loaf Immigration Reform

"The contours of a deal on comprehensive immigration reform (CIR) are taking shape. An underclass will be created of undocumented people who will be given no path to citizenship. ... So for now, Democrats reluctantly shed crocodile tears over CIR-with-no-pathway. But they know what is made in piecemeal...