Talking immigration reform is good business for both Democrats and Republicans - which is why nothing ever gets done.
S.E. Cupp: I know why immigration reform isn't getting done.
It’s a very dispiriting reason, but I know. Everyone seems to have an opinion about whether or not immigration reform can happen, and most of the opinions are reconciled around one answer: no.
But the dirty little secret about immigration reform is that there’s very little political incentive to actually do something because a broken immigration system, as appalling as it is, is good for business for both Republicans and Democrats.
Democrats get to campaign on calling republicans anti-immigrant, and republicans get to call out lesser republicans for being pro-amnesty.
If you think I’m kidding, here’s some proof. What is the one obstacle that both sides argue about when it comes to immigration reform?
A pathway to citizenship. Now if you poll illegal immigrants, their priority is not a pathway to citizenship, it’s legal status.
Many choose to work here and eventually want to return home. So why are we, republicans and democrats, arguing over this self-imposed obstacle that immigrants themselves aren't arguing about?
Politics, pure and simple.
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