Ira Stoll on Why Immigration Reform Is Failing


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Sheldon Adelson, Bill Gates, and Warren Buffett say they want Congress to pass an immigration reform bill. So does Michael Bloomberg.

On the substantive merits, the issue seems like a slam dunk, writes Ira Stoll. We are, after all, a nation of immigrants. Both political parties at least say they realize the need to do something about the millions of illegal immigrants here in America, and to prevent our country from losing out by turning away talent that wants to come here. But at the same time, Stoll explains, opposition to immigration reform is also bipartisan, including an "unholy alliance" in which anti-immigrant Republicans have joined with Democrats allied with labor unions.