Bush “faces an uphill battle” with his immigration plan because the “tough on immigration” folks want a full loaf or none at all. The fact is that his guest worker plan isn’t all that great a deal from the perspective of encouraging the right kind of immigration either. It’s limited in size, it’s limited to Mexicans and it doesn’t lead to citizenship. But it’s something – it means more people can come here legally to work and that’s a step in the right direction. As far as securing the borders, the things he’s proposed are definitely steps in the right direction. Those who want the 12 foot razor wire topped fence running the length of the southern border ought to take half a loaf today and see what else they can get tomorrow. The Bush plan may not be a full loaf, but it ;’s sure more than crumbs.
But the president faces an uphill battle in the House and Senate to realize his vision of reform, which is drawing intense skepticism from many allies in his own party who believe his approach is not tough enough. In the coming weeks, the White House must persuade lawmakers to forge together several immigration bills, differing widely in scope, into a single policy.