This time last year, I was giving thanks for the possibility of a new start for the immigration debate.
The 2012 presidential election was fresh in everyone’s minds, and various Republican leaders, nursing their wounds from the thrashing they’d received among Latino voters in the election, were speaking about the urgency of passing comprehensive immigration reform. Those Republican leaders included Speaker of the House John Boehner.
It appeared that their defeats at the polls had provoked a moment of introspection, along with promises of bipartisanship.
But perhaps we underestimated the depth of the Republican Party’s commitment to block President Barack Obama’s second-term domestic agenda. We underestimated their near-rabid opposition to Obamacare. And we underestimated their determination to continue to ignore the Latino vote, no matter how badly they need it to retake the White House.
The result: the atmosphere in Washington is so contaminated that at present it’s hard to imagine that any form of bipartisan cooperation is possible.
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