Outlook for Immigration Reform Dims in Senate, Brightens in House
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Posted by: Gregg Robertson
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The outlook for immigration reform in the new Senate dimmed further with the appointment of strong immigration reform opponents to key posts on the Senate Judiciary Committee.
In addition, many of those new Senators elected last fall are leaning against or against immigration reform. But more newly elected Representatives in the House seem to favor immigration reform.
New Judiciary Committee Appointments
In January, one of the Senate’s most virulent opponents of immigration reform, Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.). Sessions was appointed chair of the Senate Subcommittee on Immigration, Refugees and Border Security, giving the conservative a platform to advance his anti-immigration policies. And if that wasn’t enough, Sen. David Vitter (R-La.), another immigration reform opponent was named the panels vice chair.
Evaluating New Members' Stance
The National immigration Forum, an immigration advocacy group, evaluated the new members of Congress based upon prior records and statements they had made during their campaigns. They classified the new members as against immigration reform, leaning against immigration reform, a potential ally for immigration reform or a supporter of immigrations reform.
In the Senate, the balance swung to those against immigration reform, with eight new Senators either against or leaning against reform and only five Senators supporters or potential allies for reform.
In the House, however, the balance swung in favor of those supporting immigration reform, with thirty-six new Representatives potential allies or supporters of reform, versus twenty-two likely against reform.
For a copy of the full analysis by the National Immigration Forum, click here.