Figure out where the joins are on the welding job, and hit those.
For a long time, opponents of comprehensive immigration reform have thought: Why shouldn’t the Republican-controlled House pass an H-1B expansion as a stand-alone bill? If the tech people got what they wanted, would they — and their millions of dollars — really stick around to fight hard for the rest of comprehensive reform? Passing an H-1B bill would be an excellent way to split the fragile pro-reform coalition.
[snip of stuff on a upcoming House H-1B expansion stand-alone bill]
If the tech people were to pull out, and take their money with them, or even if they just lost their passion for the fight — where would that leave the tenuous reform coalition? In a much weaker position.
The merits of immigration reform to one side – I am very much a pro-amnesty squish on the subject* – the weakness of the Democratic party on this topic is the usual one, for them: they’ve cobbled together a patchwork coalition for purely political reasons. That means, among other things, that individual groups inside the coalition are susceptible to being bribed. And since the GOP leadership knows this, and they also know that they’re already hated by people whose top priority is immigration, there’s actually almost no downside to passing a bill that will make the Democrats fight among themselves. And if this works – I more or less expect it to – they’ll do a limited DREAM Act next.
I know that some of my readers will be distressed to see me write that out. :shrugging: To quote SM Stirling: this is defeat. Avoid it.
*Particularly when it comes to the unholy hell that we put legal would-be immigrants through. It should not take over a decade for a non-celebrity to get into this country.