I’m going to go out on a limb here and predict that Congress will not pass the president’s request for almost $4 billion to help the immigration situation.
We’re going to see a lot of bobbleheads on TV and hear a lot of noise from the Republicans about how all of this is Obama’s fault and why should hard-working Americans bear the burden of taking care of refugees from other countries when we have our own problems, etc. something something. Next thing you know it’s Labor Day and some other shiny object will have popped up to distract our attention.
Could this be a problem for the Republicans? I doubt it. The Republicans see this as a winner for them if they don’t do anything but blame the president. They can campaign on that because there’s no Republican who ever lost a race by finding a problem, pointing it out, and blaming it on someone else.
It’s not like they’re worried about losing votes from the Hispanics to whom immigration reform is important. The GOP already knows that it’s a lost cause and they risk provoking the raging ire from the hard-core Tea Party base if they are seen as being too nice to brown people. So they’re not risking anything by letting this effort — like so many other things that could actually help people like minimum wage and unemployment assistance — wither away.