Immigration reform, in any meaningful sense, is probably dead:
In a bad sign for reform, the Republican chairman of the House’s immigration policy committee told a conservative radio host Monday that he opposes a path to citizenship even for young documented people brought to the United States as children, often referred to as DREAMers.
House Judiciary Chair Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) told Hugh Hewitt that he would prioritize giving legal status to children who had been brought to the country illegally, but would stop short of giving them a path to citizenship.
Josh Marshall thinks reform supporters need more cowbell:
So stop pretending that this bill is going to pass and get about the business of explaining to voters who is stopping it from passing or in fact stopping it from even getting a vote. This tends to be something center-left reformers never get. The bill is dead or near dying. Letting this drag on only demoralizes people who think that government can act in the common good because it makes it seem as though the bill is dying of natural causes or some hopeless terminal illness — something tied to the nature of the Congress or the ‘process’ itself.
I agree that Democrats should highlight the issue more, but does it matter? I suspect Latino voters already know the drill on this issue. And no matter what Democrats say, the right-center English-speaking media consensus will be that both sides did it. We may have even see a Bobo-endorsed Burkean incrementalist do-nothing bill.