Although immigration reform should be driven by compassion, that’s not the political reality.
As with most issues of social importance, Congress’ view of public policy is driven by vote-counting.
|The Cruel Math Of Immigration Reform In The House
July 4, 2013 · The American Prospect · Paul Waldman
Every politician who gets elected to Congress believes that she’s going for idealistic reasons. Sure, there are compromises to be made and certain kinds of drudgery to suffer through . . . but they each believe that they’ll do the right thing.
Citing a Wall Street Journal analysis, Waldman explains why immigration reform is likely doomed this year. Only 38 of the House’s 234 Republicans, or 16%, represent districts in which Latinos account for 20% or more of the population.
In addition, he adds, “only 28 Republican-held districts are considered even remotely at risk of being contested by a Democratic challenger, according to the nonpartisan Cook Political Report.
Waldman’s position has two shortcomings. (more…)