The Path To A Bipartisan Immigration Bill

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The key to resolving the impasse over immigration in Congress is getting the middle behind a deal — not the center of Congress overall, but rather the members of each party who are closest to the ideological center of their party. That won’t be easy. Looking at the bipartisan deal reached on the budget last week provides a possible path, but it’s probably a path that would involve angering those both on the right and the left of the immigration debate, making passing legislation fairly hard.

The roadblocks are clear. The Senate this week is starting formal consideration on immigration legislation. It’s not clear what bill, if any, will be approved by the Senate because there are at least three