Democrats to ‘revisit’ law creating border fence (Shaun Waterman, November 11, 2006, UNITED PRESS INTERNATIONAL)
Democrats will look again at the legislation mandating 698 miles of fencing along the U.S.-Mexico border and might seek to scrap the plan altogether when they take control of Congress next year.
Democratic victory may pave the way for Bush’s immigration plan (Dave Montgomery, 11/10/06, McClatchy Newspapers)
“I can’t think of another issue that could bring together the Democratic Congress and the president like immigration,” said Frank Sharry, executive director of the National Immigration Forum, which supports the president’s initiatives. “This election has really changed the immigration debate forever.”
Pro-immigration groups such as Sharry’s predict that the next session of Congress will be far more receptive to the most volatile elements of Bush’s immigration plan: a temporary guest-worker program and conditional legalization for millions of undocumented immigrants now in the country.
Since Bush first unveiled his intentions in 2004, those proposals consistently have collided with resistance in the GOP-led House of Representatives, which refused to consider a Senate-passed bill that largely embraced Bush’s initiatives.
Now Democrats will take over the House and Senate in early January under leaders who’ve expressed support for a comprehensive immigration overhaul.
Presumptive House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., has called for legislation offering illegal immigrants a “pathway to earned legalization and citizenship” if they fulfill “tough requirements,” such as paying fines and back taxes, staying employed and learning English.
In a post-election press conference on Wednesday, Bush again listed immigration as a top priority, describing it as “an issue where I believe we can find some common ground with the Democrats.”
“I do think we have a good chance,” Bush said.
And to think, we owe it all to the Tom Tancredos, Pat Buchanans and John Derbyshires of the world.