"Republicans in the House need not take the swift boat to oblivion likea capsized generation of California Republicans in a prior decade. If the GOP House members are unwilling to swallow "a single, massive, Obamacare-like [immigration] bill" -- notwithstanding their devouring of a 600+ page farm bill (while excising food stamps for the needy) -- so be it. They can still use decentralized immigration reform to create jobs and spending in their districts and thereby gain political-risk insurance so that they are not "primaried" on their right flank.
Republicans worry about building walls but forget that walls are breached or surmounted by those with a will:
The brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out; the brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. The brick walls are there to stop the people who don’t want it badly enough. They are there to stop the other people.
Those are not the words of an illegal border crosser in Arizona. (They're actually from the late Randy Pausch and "The Last Lecture.") Still, they could just as well be said by the immigrant strivers who would come, legally, to cities like my hometown of Detroit and other Great Lakes cities to break down the brick walls of blight, unemployment and poverty with the hammer of creatively destructive capitalism and thetimeless American energy and will to make life anew for their families and communities -- if only the House would allow them." - Angelo A. Paparelli, July 13, 2013.