How can anything (of value) be accomplished in this Congress? Republican "leaders" would rather indulge the wild fantasies of their fringe members than do anything productive. This is why the 113th Congress is now approaching 112th Congress levels of sloth.
Yet for some reason, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D) doesn't want to give up. He still believes comprehensive immigration reform (CIR) can and must be finished by this Congress. And he still refuses to give up on this goal.
Activists in Nevada have been lobbying Rep. Joe Heck, R-Nev., to take action on immigration reform. But Reid said it will be the demographics of the United States that will ultimately persuade the House to pass an immigration bill.
“We have a lot of these congressional districts, they don’t care because they don’t have people of color in their congressional districts,” Reid said. “They don’t care. But there are a number of them who do care. If the Republicans ever want to elect a Republican president again, they’re going to have to get right with the Hispanic and Asian community who by more than 70 percent voted for [President Barack] Obama last time. [...]
“This is an issue that isn’t going to go away,” he said. “It’s here. We have 11 million people here who are not going to be sent back to their country of origin. They can’t do that. They can’t do it fiscally. They can’t do it physically. It’s nearly impossible.”
Last month, Rep. Joe Heck (R-Henderson) made a big deal of his occasional pro-reform rhetoric. However, he's yet to match his rhetoric with action. If he and a few more House Republicans were to finally do so, CIR finally can pass the House.
This is what Senator Reid is hinting at. We all see the demographic trends, and we notice how America's demographic changes have been changing the nation's political landscape. However, Republican "leaders" have been trying to sweep this whole matter under the rug to avoid prolonging the G-O-TEA Civil War.
But sooner or later, something's got to give. We can't afford to continue incarcerating people for the "crime" of lacking certain papers and breaking up millions of American families. And we certainly can't afford to deport 11,000,000 people en masse.
And really, the Republican Party can't afford to continue denying America's demographic future. At some point, something's got to give. The status quo can't be sustained for too much longer, not even for the sake of Republicans trying to escape the inevitable.