SB 1070 ruling spurs renewed calls for immigration reformJul-02-2012
From the moment the U.S. Supreme Court struck down key provisions of Arizona's immigration law last week, a chorus of experts, activists and elected officials renewed a call for Congress to reform immigration laws at a federal level.
But any such effort may be as doomed now as it has been in the past.
Immigration experts and even die-hard supporters of reform say Congress may never pass a massive bill that tackles all aspects of the nation's broken immigration system, including the 11.5 million immigrants living in the U.S. without legal status.
More likely, Congress will pass a scaled-down version of the sweeping immigration-reform bills that failed in 2006 and 2007, or take a piecemeal approach. But even that could take years depending on who wins the presidential election, leaving open the question of when, if ever, comprehensive reform will occur.
"Ever? Yes. In the near future, no," said Louis DeSipio, a political-science professor at the University of California-Irvine.
Legal experts say the high court's ruling last week, which struck down three provisions of the Arizona law known as Senate Bill 1070, underscored the federal government's role in regulating immigration and cast doubt on what states should attempt on their own.
Congress, meanwhile, has almost abandoned the bipartisan approach needed to produce a workable immigration-reform policy, and so far, analysts say, no president has been willing to expend enough political capital to force action.
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