Immigration Reform Faces Long Odds in the House

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David Drucker says that immigration reform is in trouble in the House:

House Speaker John Boehner is not going to bring a comprehensive immigration-reform plan to the floor if a majority of Republicans don’t support it, sources familiar with his plans said. “No way in hell,” is how several described the chances of the speaker acting on such a proposal without a majority of his majority behind him.

So what are the odds of getting a bill that a majority of House Republicans support? Kinda slim. But you never know. A combination of arm-twisting, modestly tighter enforcement requirements, and a fuzzy definition of “majority” (40 percent, anyone?) could be enough. Right now, I’d probably put the odds of passage at about a third or so. That’s not great, but it’s better than the 10 percent odds that a lot of folks are assuming these days.

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