Valerie Jarrett, a senior adviser to Barack Obama and a longtime confidant of the president, told reporters at breakfast the other day that there is an opportunity this summer for meaningful immigration reform.
Now that the primary season is over, she said, there is a rare chance the Republican-controlled House will adopt the compromise bill passed last year by the Senate, including the controversial path to citizenship for the more than 11 million immigrants in this country illegally. This will be supported, she said, by a new “groundswell” from around the country.
The astonishment in the room was palpable, but only one of those attending the Christian Science Monitor’s long-running early-morning sessions with newsmakers took the time to question her prediction. He politely pointed out that it is diametrically opposite of not only the conventional wisdom but also clear indication that opposition to comprehensively overhauling the system without first closing off the southern border to infiltration whatever it takes actually has been strengthened by the primaries.