When it comes to immigration reform in 2010 a consensus is building that there is no momentum or political will to move forward on another divisive issue.
"We need to do something to enforce our immigration laws," said Laura Ingraham, a Fox News Contributor on the O'Reilly Factor. Ingraham took the "No Spin Zone" guru to task on the facts of illegal immigration. She contends that if Washington allows amnesty to be on the table "there would be a flood of people coming across the border and we can't employ all the people we have here."
O'Reilly seems to buy into the fact that the borders are secure and said, "Border Patrol has said the bleeding has stopped," he went on to say if a national biometric identification card were put in place the current laws could be enforced.
It is worth pointing out that there is also a consensus that a national biometric card has no consensus.
Many believe Senator Lindsay Graham (R-SC) is giving President Obama cover on the immigration issue.
Chairman of the Immigration Reform Caucus, Congressman Brian Bilbray (R-CA), has released the following statement on President Obama's comments supporting comprehensive immigration reform.
"Here we go again "so-called' comprehensive immigration reform is just a code word for amnesty for our nation's 10-20 million illegal immigrants. What part of the word "illegal' doesn't the President understand?"
"If President Obama wants bipartisan solutions for our broken immigration system, the Immigration Reform Caucus is ready for an invitation to the White House."
The caucus could be in for a long wait since last year the White House only invited pro-amnesty activists to explore the immigration reform. The result was a liberal bonanza bill from Congressman Luis Gutierrez (D-IL).
Gutierrez promised supporters his immigration reform legislation would include keeping families together, protecting workers and finding an easy path to U.S. citizenship.
Sounds great if you're in this country illegally. This move is in direct opposition to what the American people want and is a bold move by Democrats that will create more workplace anxiety among the unemployed, during a recession, and allow illegals to flood the already lagging jobs market.
"Allowing millions of illegal immigrants to stay and take jobs away from citizens is like giving a burglar a key to the house," says Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX).
It is worth pointing out that keeping families together give undocumented workers the ability to bring their entire family into the U.S. If this is the case, the 12 million number could quadruple.
According to a Zogby International poll, Mexican's were asked if the U.S. grants amnesty would they migrate north to the U.S. A resounding 56 percent said yes, while only 17 percent said no.
It is estimated that 15-20 million illegal immigrants will grab the golden ticket enabling them to come out of the shadows and become American citizens. Immigration reform legislation comes at a time when the country faces 10 percent unemployment and bankrupt states from coast to coast.
This overly ambitious Congress has already passed a plethora of bills despite stubborn recession that continues to put a grip the U.S. economy. Here is a sampling of programs House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has passed just this year; $700 billion financial bank bailout, $787 billion stimulus, $1.5 trillion health care expansion, $200 billion doctor fix, $800 billion cap and trade and a $250 billion omnibus spending bill.
"With the Congressional legislative runway getting crowded and time running out before the November elections, it is time to land this plane," argues Clarissa Martinez, Director of Immigration and National Campaigns at the nation's leading Latino advocacy organization, NCLR. "Monday's meeting must be followed by a clear, bipartisan proposal and a firm timeline for Senate action. Anything less will be regarded as more stalling by the tens of thousands coming to DC to march in two weeks."
Anti-amnesty groups are also mobilizing members to counter the planned pro-amnesty rally in Washington D.C. on March 21. Look for big names from the immigration world, NumbersUSA, ALIPAC and Tea Party groups to make their voices heard loud and clear as well.
However, with health care still lingering, it is unlikely any immigration legislation will even make it through both houses before the midterm elections in November.