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June 26, 2014 2:36 PM Immigration Reform Still Really Dead

By Ed Kilgore

So it’s official, per WaPo’s David Nakamura and Ed O’Keefe (I’m guessing Greg Sargent may be too depressed about it to comment right away): immigration reform legislation ain’t happening until 2017 at the earliest:

The two-year attempt to push immigration reform through Congress is effectively dead and unlikely to be revived until after President Obama leaves office, numerous lawmakers and advocates on both sides of the issue said this week.
The slow collapse of hopes for new border legislation — which has unraveled in recent months amid persistent opposition from House Republicans — marks the end of an effort that both Democrats and Republicans have characterized as central to the future of their parties. The failure leaves some 12 million illegal immigrants in continuing limbo over their status and is certain to increase political pressure on Obama from the left to act on his own.
Some of the most vocal proponents of a legislative overhaul now say they have surrendered any last hopes that Democrats and Republicans can reach a deal. The realization marks a low point for advocates who mounted the first serious immigration push since 2007, when a bipartisan effort under then-president George W. Bush was defeated in the Senate.

I will note, as Greg surely will, that even now we could have immigration reform legislation if House GOP leaders allowed a vote on the Senate-passed bill. So while I agree with the Nakamura/O’Keefe death certificate, let’s don’t get into the habit of treating this as a bipartisan failure.

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.

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