This news is actually interesting in the “why is the GOP doing this” perspective. The consensus, that I tend to agree with, is that immigration reform is suicidal for the GOP.
But most Americans don’t trust Obama. The issue being presented here is one of ... not trusting Obama. I wonder if the GOP is trying to thread a needle here: stop immigration reform and take it off the table in a way that neutralizes it as a political issue, by using it as a weapon to highlight Obama’s untrustfullness ...
Hmmmm...not trust Obama!
Well, that’s not a revelation - it’s a fact.
Anyway, the only way to structure this relates to securing the border with a non-political committee (if that is even possible) to perform the certification that the border is secure.
There are many wonderful people that I’ve meet - illegals from Mexico, but the fact remains that they need to go back home and apply to immigrate here - if that is their wish. We have already got a huge issue with low skilled workers not being able to find full-time, long term employment - adding millions to the lower end would be a disaster for them and down the line for all of us.
You are giving the GOP too much credit.