"The forlorn pundit doesn’t even have to make the humanitarian case that immigration reform would be a great victory for human dignity. The cold economic case by itself is so strong. Increased immigration would boost the U.S. economy. ... immigration reform is our best chance to increase America’s economic dynamism ... if we can’t pass a law this year, given the overwhelming strength of the evidence, then we really are a pathetic basket case of a nation." - David Brooks, Feb. 1, 2013.