Doyle McManus in the Los Angeles Times on immigration reform's moment Unexpectedly, the conversation in both camps of Washington has turned to immigration reform, with Republicans like John McCain and Marco Rubio discussing reform efforts concurrently with a major speech from President Obama on the issue. So what will Obama's role be in hammering out a compromise? Doyle McManus writes that the president should stay mostly on the sidelines during the legislative process. "Obama's role is to act as Mr. Outside—mobilizing public support, keeping pressure on Congress to move a bill forward and reassuring anxious Democrats that they're getting a good deal despite the concessions Republicans will demand," he writes. "He's already passed the first test: His relatively gentle speech in Las Vegas did no harm. He warned Congress about the need for action, noted the need for a clear path to citizenship and signed on to toughening enforcement, a key Republican demand. But he didn't try to dictate the details."
Ezra Klein in Bloomberg View on how immigration policy affects the economy For the 11 million people currently living in the U.S. without documentation, immigration reform is undoubtedly an emotional issue. But Ezra Klein also wants to focus on the practical side of immigration policy: how it affects the economy. "The truth is, the most important piece of economic policy we pass—or don’t pass—in 2013 may be something we don’t think of as economic policy at all," he writes. "Immigrants begin businesses and file patents at a much higher rate than their native-born counterparts, and while there are disputes about the effect immigrants have on the wages of low-income Americans, there’s little dispute about their effect on wages overall: They lift them."