Bill Richardson on CNN.com on immigration reform Then suddenly, immigration reform became the most discussed issue in Washington. As President Obama gears up to propose his own plan for liberalizing the immigration process, a bipartisan team of Senators has presented its own plan to put undocumented citizens on a path to citizenship. It's about time, says former New Mexico governor Bill Richardson. "A comprehensive plan should create a path to earned citizenship, enforceable border security, a realistic guest worker plan, accountability for employers that hire illegal immigrants and passage of the DREAM Act," he writes. "Unless we come to grips with all aspects of the immigration issue, we are going to end up with the same impractical, expensive and ineffective solutions we have had for years."
Michael Tomasky in The Daily Beast on Republican efforts to attract minority voters Four Republicans are behind the Senate's proposed immigration reform package. And when asked why conservatives are changing their mind about allowing undocumented citizens to stay in the U.S. legally, Senator John McCain said it had a lot to do with "elections." The GOP can't afford to lose Hispanic voters anymore, McCain and other Republicans are arguing. But Michael Tomasky isn't so sure the GOP's plan to attract minority voters will work. "Well, they could," he admits. "But they’d have to do things that would make them not the Republican Party anymore, and their base would never permit it ... It is going to be a deeply painful and contentious process for the GOP. I’d say it will be amusing for the rest of us, but it will inject enough poison into the body politic to make it not much fun for anyone."