Last month’s unveiling of a plan in the U.S. Senate to overhaul the nation’s immigration system was a triumphant occasion, months in the making and a rare bipartisan effort. But converting that plan into a reality looks perilous.
Rival plans are emerging in the House that have far less likelihood of realizing immigration reform’s most important goal: addressing the more than 11 million immigrants here illegally. If anything, the proposals appear designed to detract or weaken the push for comprehensive reform that the Senate plan offers. The main problem: House leaders want to break the overhaul into separate bills. This would doom the most politically delicate component: a road to citizenship for those 11 million.
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