Supporters of immigration reform and same sex marriage rights are overjoyed at the two huge victories they have won this week in Congress and the Supreme Court, respectively.

However, at least for immigration reform, the victory may be short lived. Even though CIR passed the Senate with an historic 68 to 32 vote, with 14 Republicans supporting, House Republicans are preparing to kill reform. See Comprehensive Rejection, National Review Online, June 27.

We can expect that any House-passed version, if there is one, will contain a poison pill, either in the form of an unreachable border security "trigger" for a pathway to permanent residence and citizenship or, more simply, no pathway at all. 

Unless there is a huge - and unlikely - change of heart among House Republicans, it is difficult to see how CIR has any chance of bcoming law. 

The split in the Republican party is between those who accept the results of last November's election, including the reality of demographic change, and those who believe that all their party needs to do is make a greater effort to suppress minority votes, so that Latino and African-American voters will not have a chance to influence election results in the future.

The former group includes the 14 Senate Republicans who voted with  the Democrats on June 27 to pass S.744 and take America into the 21st century. It also includes influential Republican media figures such as Fox News' Bill O'Reilly.

The reactionary wing, which apparently includes the majority of House Republicans, as well as media white supremacist bigots such as Ann Coulter, wants to take America back to the pre-1965 days when American citizens of color were not welcome at the polls in many states, and non-citizens of color were not welcome as immigrants.

The reactionaries and white supremacists received a huge boost this week from the Supreme Court, which struck down the heart of the Voting Rights Act in what will inevitably go down as one of the worst decisions in the Court's entire history. 

As soon as the decision was announced, Texas announced that the state will immediately implement what has been called a "harsh and unforgiving" voter ID requirement which had been blocked by the VRA prior to the decision, as reported by the Huffington Post on June 26.

Other Republican-controlled states are also reportedly losing no time in imposing their own voter suppression measures in the wake of the Supreme Court's decision.

Since immigration reform depends entirely on voting rights, there may be some very difficult days ahead for immigration equality and diversity in America.