Well, they finally did it–the House passed a health reform bill that — if it becomes law–will mark a major shift in America’s safety net. But the passage of this bill into law could hinge on immigration language. The Hispanic caucus has told the President that if the language in the bill does not insure the undocumented, many in their membership will not vote for it.
This seems completely insane politically. No advocate of immigrants’ rights wants to see the undocumented left out, but it’s also hard to make an argument for killing a bill that will benefit so many Americans.
My suggestion: leave the immigration issues to rest until you take up immigration reform next spring. If you lose healthcare, you have NO CHANCE of reforming immigration.