Despite Long Odds, Talk of Immigration Reform Begins Anew


Politico reports that Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) is working with Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) again on trying to pass some version of immigration reform. Republicans concerned that their party may have gone too far in stirring up anti-immigrant sentiment hope that a bipartisan immigration reform effort might win back some Latino voters.

House Republicans will be a huge stumbling block for any, even very modest, immigration reform. However, the House leadership is interested in passing E-Verify, a mandatory program requiring all employers to check an immigration database before hiring workers. That program might be used as a bargaining chip to achieve some modest gain for a segment of the immigrant population.

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Patrick Young blogs daily for Long Island Wins. He is the Downstate Advocacy Director of the New York Immigration Coalition and Special Professor of Immigration Law at Hofstra School of Law. He served as the Director of Legal Services and Program at Central American Refugee Center (CARECEN) for three decades before retiring in 2019. Pat is also a student of immigration history and the author of The Immigrants' Civil War.