It's been about a year—329 days, to be precise—since the Senate passed a comprehensive immigration-reform bill, but it seems we're no closer to seeing it become law now than we were then. Care to take a ride on the immigration merry-go-round?
- House Speaker John Boehner swears no one wants to see immigration reform get done more than he does, but Obamacare shows that we can't trust the president. Latino journalist Jorge Ramos, pointing out that immigration has nothing to do with Obamacare, tried to cut through the cant on Thursday: "Why are you blocking immigration reform?" he asked the speaker at a press conference. Boehner's response: "Me? Blocking?"
- Former Mississippi governor Haley Barbour swears that Boehner is "trying very hard."
- But Brian Beutler at The New Republic says it's never been more clear Republicans are killing immigration reform.
- Now they have another excuse not to budge. President Barack Obama unilaterally designated the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks in New Mexico a national monument. This, of course, shows he won't secure the border.
- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is warning Republicans that if they don't act by the midterm elections, President Obama will be forced to take executive action to ease deportations, which continue to tarnish his image with Latinos.
- Democrats have even agreed only to let the law take effect once President Obama is out of office.
- You can tune it all out, says Jim Newell at Salon: Nothing's getting done before the midterms anyway.