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Opinion: Guest worker issue may kill immigration reform
Congress should create a guest worker program, says Ruben Navarrette.
February 19th, 2013
08:00 PM ET

Opinion: Guest worker issue may kill immigration reform

Editor's note: Ruben Navarrette is a CNN contributor and a nationally syndicated columnist with the Washington Post Writers Group. Follow him on Twitter: @rubennavarrette.

By Ruben Navarette, CNN Contributor

(CNN) - All those who are hoping that comprehensive immigration reform is going to happen this year - Latinos, businesses, churches, agriculture industry, law enforcement and others - are in for a rude awakening.

The trick for politicians will be to look as if they're doing something, when really they're doing nothing. But, regardless of how it looks, it's a long shot that Congress will pass immigration reform this year.

That's bad news for those who want to give the undocumented a chance to get right with the law and develop a sensible, fair and efficient policy for future immigrants. But it's good news for those who resist legalizing the undocumented because they're afraid of foreigners - either because of competition with their work ethic, or that they're changing the culture and complexion of the country.

The problem isn't just Republicans, who can't get on the same page about whether they want to be reformers. It's also Democrats, who seem to be playing the immigration reform camp for chumps.

The signs are everywhere, if you know where to look. For instance, a few days ago, a draft of President Obama's immigration reform plan was leaked. It took four years to write, and yet its key points fit on a cocktail napkin with room to spare.

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soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. Dianne

    Funny. Ruben obviously tried to sugar coat his racist views and sell them as decent analysis but failed miserably. Everybody sees it as it is despite his word games.

    February 20, 2013 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
  2. andre

    I hope you are wrong with your radical views.

    February 20, 2013 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gi Jon

      I am always right and deporting Rubben navarette is the right thing to do send him back to north korea

      February 20, 2013 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Gi Jon

    Let us Deport Rubben! !

    February 20, 2013 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |