SQUARING THE CIRCLE ON IMMIGRATION OVERHAUL
The political challenges faced by the U.S. Congress, as it debates comprehensive reform of immigration policy, have an informative historical parallel. In the early 1900s, repeated efforts at revising immigration rules were stymied in Congress by a fundamental ambiguity within the Republican Party, which then -as now- represented some of the most dedicated opponents of immigration while also seeking votes from immigrants.
Echoes of Ellis Island era debates and lawmaking
(Drew Keeling in Los Angeles Times, 4 July, 2013)
( see also: "Other Echoes: Angel Island" )
(Photo: Los Angeles Times, July 4, 2013)