Comment: Budget Deal Raises CIR Likelihood

Working out of the bipartisan budget deal raises the prospects of the passage of immigration reform in this Congress. The Hill reports that there is a window of opportunity in early 2014 for passing CIR, before election season begins. The largest obstacle to CIR during this timeframe is a potential long drawn-out battle in Congress on budget and fiscal issues that takes away the oxygen for any other political issue including CIR.

The unending fiscal battles have repeatedly stolen the spotlight from immigration in the House, and the government shutdown in October sapped the legislative push of both time and political good will. With Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) taking steps to revive immigration reform, advocates now see one remaining window for action in the early part of 2014, before election season begins... An agreement [on budget] would clear the legislative calendar in the New Year, and combined with an expected push from President Obama in his State of the Union address, immigration reform could have the moment its advocates have been waiting for.

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