Business people want more visas for people with technical skills. Farmers want more hands for their farms. Evangelicals believe immigration is a moral issue.
The Senate passed a bill that covered most immigrant issues. They made it clear that they believe immigration reform has to include the undocumented.
The House of Representatives wants bills for each of the main immigrant points including border security and reform of the visa program. The Republican bill focuses only on lawfully present immigrants. They want them to get visas, green cards and citizenship before any undocumented people are served.
Politics is behind it all. Most Latinos and Asians voted for Barack Obama in the election of 2012. Many Republicans believe they need these voters if they are to win the White House in 2016 and future elections.
Conservatives and tea party members are different people. The tea party wants immigration reform stopped in its tracks. It is the members of Congress who follow the tea party that are blocking reform.
The path for immigration reform is not bright in the near future. Even 2014 is too soon for many Republicans to modify their views on immigration reform. They do not see how a new immigration law would help them keep their seats.
Republicans with safe seats in Congress are not concerned about doing anything before the presidential election of 2016.
However, the pressure to do something is mounting. Many people who fund the Republican Party want immigration dealt with now. Observers say the Republican Party is at war with itself. The outcome will decide the fate of immigration reform.
Source: The New York Times October 26, 2013