According to an article on nytimes.com: “Tens of thousands of immigrants and activists rallied here on Sunday, calling for legislation this year to give legal status to millions of illegal immigrants and seeking to pressure to keep working on the contentious issue once the health care debate is behind him.”
Given the contentious debate over health care it was surprising that the bill passed. President Obama, by taking a hands-on approach, was able to rally his team and get something accomplished. A bi-partisan solution in the House was not possible, so the Democrats had to move this bill along on their own.
The health care debate taught us a lesson that can be applied to other big ticket legislation such as immigration. Time should not be wasted on political games and the immigration issue should be tackled because promises were made by this President and fixing our broken immigration system is what the President genuinely believes is best for America. By getting things done while the Democrats hold a majority in both Houses of Congress and control the White House, President Obama, and the Congress will earn the respect of voters – whether or not they agree with the action. In Washington, results matter. Voters are understandably unhappy when nothing gets accomplished.
If CIR can be passed before the mid-term elections, voters can then decide to either keep their Congressional representatives or vote them out without the issue being tossed around like a political football. It is heartening to see politicians do what they feel is right rather than what is politically expedient.