Tuesday, February 4, 2014
Roll Call analyze the claim of opponents of immigration reform who say it has no chance of passing in an election year. History suggests they are wrong:
"A review of 81 immigration laws enacted over the past 50 years reveals that 70 percent of these laws were passed in the same year as a congressional election. The pattern was the same whether it was a presidential or a midterm election year, a major rewrite of the Immigration and Nationality Act or a technical amendment. And notably, the number of bills passed during the two-month run-up to the election exceeded the number of bills passed during the lame-duck period after the election." (emphasis added).
A memorable immigration amendment passed in an election year? The Immigration Act of 1990.