I’m increasingly concerned that a new sort of “gang of eight” (the approximate number of populist conservative writers who seem to have dedicated their lives to stopping the “Gang of Ocho’s” “Shamnesty”) are well on their way to sinking sincere efforts to fix our broken immigration system.

What is more, the bill is likely just a convenient target. Let me explain. Many of the bill’s critics would probably be working to undermine any immigration reform that might attract enough bipartisan support to actually pass congress. No legislation would ever be good enough for them.

But rather than have the big, visionary conversation about immigration reform — a conversation they would likely lose — they have decided to attack the legislation as a corrupt boondoggle full of pet projects, and thus, doom it with a thousands cuts.