Reid might be wise to tone down or avoid such thinly veiled threats if he’s really interested in swaying some Senate Republicans to his side on immigration reform. Reid’s more positive sentiments were echoed in the days after Election Day by New York Democrat Sen. Chuck Schumer, chairman of the immigration subcommittee.
“I am optimistic,” Schumer said of the outlook for immigration reform in post-election media reports.
Signaling a glimmer of hope for compromise following the election, GOP House Speaker John Boehner said, “If there is a mandate in yesterday’s results, it is a mandate for us to find a way to work together on solutions to the challenges we face together as a nation.”
House and Senate leadership are talking a good game. Let’s hope they’re actually willing to play ball.
At the risk of straying from cautious optimism to outright pessimism, despite the compelling argument for action on the immigration front, political inertia (to be charitable, one could call it principle) is difficult to overcome.
And with the so-called “fiscal cliff” awaiting the lame duck session of Congress, there’s plenty of opportunity to burn up what little hope exists for Democrats and Republicans to work for compromise.
For the good of the country and the produce industry, let’s hope the sometimes stubborn Obama, the polarized House of Representatives and Senate, and the still deeply divided U.S. citizenry accept that immigration reform is in the nation’s best interest and needs to happen.