House Democrats are crafting a “scaled-down” immigration reform measure despite the political minefields that surround the issue, the Roll Call newspaper reported Monday.
It says that Hispanic members — including Rep. Joe Baca — are seeking five-year visas for illegal immigrants who pay fines and pass criminal background checks. Baca, a California Democrat chairs the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.
Baca said the prospects for a compromise package were discussed in high-level meetings that included Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Democratic Caucus Chairman Rahm Emanuel, and Rep. Zoe Lofgren, who chairs a key immigration subcommittee, Roll Call said.
All behind-the-scenes, all libs, and therefore all very predictable. The fact that we have three viable shamnesty-prone candidates for the presidency is obviously not lost on these back room dealers. Weekly Standard blogger Brian Faughnan says this is a dangerous debate for the Democrats, and that’s true to some extent. But it’s one that, if handled craftily, can reap benefits for the Dems down the road. And that’s the point.
We may have to roll out another WSJ-scaring series of attack ads.