When the bipartisan Senate Gang of Eight began the difficult task of negotiating Comprehensive Immigration Reform. it was assumed that this would be done in a genuine spirit of compromise, Everyone expected that there would be a good faith attempt to balance the Democrats' goal of relief from deportation and eventual US citizenship for millions of unauthorised immigrants with the Republicans' objective of securing the Mexican border and bolstering internal immigration enforcement.
To their credit, the GOE members worked long and hard to achieve a compromise which, while no one would call it perfect, at least arrived at arguably reasonable solutions on a great variety of issues. The same spirit prevailed during the markup in the Senate Judiciary Committee.
In the process, many deserving people were thrown under the bus, if not a whole fleet of buses - same sex couples, diversity immigrants from Africa and other low immigration parts of the world, unauthorized immigrants who had arrived after a cutoff date, and siblings of US citizens included.
But the American way of compromise and good will was obviously more than the traditional opponents of immigration reform, enraged at the prospect that millions of Latino and other non-white immigrants might not only be allowed to stay in the US legally, but might, horribile dictu, one day actually become US citizens and be allowed to vote, could tolerate.*
The Roman poet Ovid wrote in his great poem, Metamorphoses:*
In nova fert animus mutatas dicere formas corpora ("I will tell about changed forms in new bodies.")
2,000 years later, Congressional anti-immigrant Republicans, egged on by powerful anti-immigrant groups such as FAIR (the so-called "Federation for Immigration Reform") are transforming the issue of Border Security from its original form as a legitimate issue for discussion and compromise into its "new body" as a ...