Yesterday, we took another glance at the complicated politics on Capitol Hill surrounding comprehensive immigration reform (CIR). Is it dead on arrival? Is it still very much alive? Will it ever have the votes needed for final passage? And what will ultimately be in the bill once the Senate is done with it?
Those are just a few of the many questions swirling in DC and across the nation now. And this is why immigrant rights activists here in Nevada keep asking Senator Dean Heller (R) and Rep. Joe Heck (R-Henderson) to take a stand for reform. Both Nevada Republicans expressed support for reform earlier this year, but now they're sounding awfully cagey.
Why is this? Oh, they're fearing the wrath of the 21st Century Know Nothings. Take a look at what these 21st Century Know Nothings in Texas are now saying.
Even though many of the business interests that Republicans usually cater to strongly favor CIR, many Republican politicians are still struggling to even come to the negotiation table. Why is that? See above.
But on the other hand, CIR advocates don't need the entire Republican conference. They just need enough GOP backing to secure an overall safe Senate win so they can secure momentum in the House. Can't that happen?
That's what President Obama asked just moments ago. It remains to be seen how many Republicans agree with him.