Tuesday, February 4, 2014

No Immigration Reform in an Election Year? Think again

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.

KJ

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/immigration/2014/02/no-immigration-reform-in-an-election-year-think-again.html

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