The Christian Science Monitor article "As Congress stalls on immigration, a backlash brews" by Amanda Paulson might have been read as complete propaganda in favor of "comprehensive" reform if it didn't contain a very slight hint that the actual backlash would come if Congress passes any sort of amnesty scheme. Most of their conclusions do not, so to speak, seem to comport with my observed reality:
How big the backlash grows may not be known until the day after the election, but it's surfacing in blogs, letters to the editor, and record-low approval ratings for Capitol Hill.
I scan several blogs daily and I can't recall seeing actuall grassroots demand for a compromise of some sort. I've seen several such calls from those who I consider simply partisan hacks, and several such calls that are simply retransmittals from far-left or racial pressure groups, but I don't think those really count as a grassroots groundswell for "comprehensive reform" or some sort of "compromise".
Then, a mellifluous voice cries out from inside the Beltway:
"When you have both Bob Novak and David Broder writing the same column about Congress's failure to act on immigration, you know something is wrong," says Tamar Jacoby, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute in New York, referring to two well-known columnists who typically have very different views. "People on both the right and left will see it as a huge failure" if Congress ends its term without a bill.
She's probably refering to the left and the right elites; both groups are aligned in wanting reform. Only in the ninth paragraph do we get a hint of reality:
But Republicans have presumably done the math and are calculating that voters who want a crackdown on illegal immigration would rather have no bill than a bill that offers any version of amnesty.
It's soon back to the surreality:
...But critics say [enforcement-only] is shortsighted and ignores the growing numbers of Latino voters.
We aren't out of WackyWorld quite yet, since a quote from Angela Kelley, deputy director of the National Immigration Forum, immediately follows.
Hint to Amanda Paulson: please, try again.
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"There are some very powerful players who still want ['comprehensive' 'reform'] to happen."
Immigration · Thu, 09/07/2006 - 19:09 · Importance: 1