Brownback’s Fickle Romance with Immigration Reform

The deeply flawed immigration reform bill that President Bush has been pushing crashed and burned in the Senate yesterday, falling 14 votes shy of cloture — in other words, not only couldn’t supporters garner the 60 votes necessary to cut off debate, they couldn’t even hold a simple majority together. Once it became clear that cloture wouldn’t pass, wavering Senators broke against the bill. The wobbliest of the waverers was Sam Brownback, who voted for cloture but changed his vote after the 40 nays necessary to kill the motion had been cast. Brownback claims that this was his plan all

Guest Worker Reform Must Be Cornerstone of Immigration Package

Suddenly, everyone in Washington seems to agree on the need for immigration reform, and they may even agree on most of the details. That’s because nobody has said yet what the exact details are. A “gang of eight” senators has proposed legislation, several House members have proposals, and a leaked White House immigration plan reveals that the president now has very similar designs, so it seems that agreement must be forthcoming. But only in Washington do leaders first vote for the bill so they can later find out what’s in it. In the current immigration debate, what’s in it matters

A fair trade on immigration

President Bush’s proposed immigration reform is a good start, but the best conservative answer to immigration is real free trade.

On immigration, Democrats

Last week the Wall Street Journal editorial team took a major step in the debate on immigration reform. They suggested that there ought to be one. Immigration is the most important public policy issue that nobody is discussing in any meaningful way. Sure, there are plenty of postures, declarations, stances and gestures, but little in the way of meaningful and, most importantly, feasible suggestions for getting us out of this mess. In fact, nobody can even agree on whether or not we are in a mess — a sure sign that we are. Early in President George W. Bush’s administration,

The House of Commons, Coming To An America Near You

Prediction: To see the future of the U.S. Senate, look across the Atlantic at the British parliament. As gridlock frustrates the majority party, the Senate will voluntarily turn itself into a majority-dominated body, akin to the House of Commons. America’s early statesmen wanted a legislature different from England’s and their vision still shapes the Senate. Parliament is a raucous deliberative body where members regularly trade insults. The Senate is a stodgy gentleman’s club where bitter enemies call each other “my good friend.” In Parliament, party leadership forces members to vote the party line while the Senate has 100 individuals who


A quick survey of the developments in the year or so since federal immigration reform went down in flames reveals very little in the way of discord. The conservative base has agreed (mostly) to stop grumbling about nominee ‘Juan McCain’ in order to avoid sabotaging his reputation as one of a few Republicans still in national good standing, and only 6% of Americans see immigration as “the most important issue facing the country today.” Under the surface of the national dialogue, however, the fire hasn’t stopped burning. Legislation ranging from resident ID cards to English-only ordinances and efforts to prosecute

Inside Washington Weekly Episode 14

The show’s panelists this week are Michael Brendan Dougherty of the American Conservative, Peter Suderman of National Review Online, and Anastasia Uglova. David White hosts. Topics covered include: * The Surge * The Gonzales saga * Immigration Reform * Profiting off 9/11 * Below the fold news from our panelists Click here to listen.

How amnesty hurts Mexico

Interior Mexico is a sad and lonely place. In the summer of 2001, on my most recent trip to rural Morelos, I worked on a service project in a small village called Jantetelco. Of the thousand or so residents, I could probably have counted on my fingers the number of young men living there. The village’s population consisted almost entirely of women, children, and old men, along with a few hopeless drunks. On the last Friday in June, I had the chance to see first hand how such a dysfunctional town can continue to exist. While on a supply run