Comment: Discharging CIR
Now that CIR has cleared the Senate, the next step forward is the House of Representatives. Many folks wonder if any form of immigration bill is possible in the House at all. Some loud voices in the Republican party (Rep. Steve King and friends) continue to issue tirades against immigration benefits, and favor an enforcement-only approach (these voices are, thankfully, in the minority within the GOP) - given these voices, skepticism about the House is understandable, but mistaken nevertheless. Our argument turns on both politics and procedure, of which politics is by far the more important and which we will be examining in an upcoming issue. Today, we turn to a small part of the procedural argument for CIR in the House.

Of interest is a parliamentary maneuver called a "discharge petition" through which the minority party, can, when aligned with a small number of votes of the majority party (in this case the GOP), compel a floor vote on a Senate bill (in this case, CIR). NY Magazine examines how this would work here. While procedurally possible, a "discharge petition" for immigration is politically highly unlikely. TalkingPointsMemo discusses the political reasons against this parliamentary maneuver here.

So why bring such an unlikely procedure up for discussion in Immigration Daily? There are two interlinked reasons: (1) with passage of CIR in the Senate, the driving forces behind CIR change from somewhat policy-driven to completely politics-driven - hence necessitating outside forces to get involved (hello President Obama? - how about deferred action for everyone to put the spurs into the House?) (2) House passage may very well be convoluted, unlike the relatively straight-forward path in the Senate.

However, a convoluted path is still a path forward, and cannot reasonably be viewed as no path at all. Politics is never simple, and immigration politics is more complicated than many other issues before Congress. We are quite optimistic that the House will pass comprehensive immigration legislation, albeit with a distinct Republican flavor unlike the Democratic-held Senate's version. The mere fact that discharge petition is even being discussed shows that there are many subterranean forces at work, not all of which make it to the front pages of the country's general press. Stay tuned to Immigration Daily for the latest in CIR. Share your thoughts by writing to

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