Washington Times | Why the rush on immigration reform?

“Behind Closed Doors” was a Grammy-winning country hit for Charlie  Rich in the 1970s, describing a good time where no one could see, but it’s a  terrible way to write laws, particularly laws as complex and controversial as  immigration reform. The nation got its first glimpse Wednesday at the  comprehensive immigration-reform bill cobbled together behind closed doors by  the Senate’s bipartisan “Gang of Eight.”

What’s worse is, SenateJudiciary  Committee Chairman Patrick J. Leahy,  Vermont Democrat, has already scheduled two hearings for Friday and Monday on  the measure, called the Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration  Modernization Act of 2013. But what’s the rush? How many of the 18 members of  the Judiciary Committee will have  read, much less analyzed, the 844 pages of the legislation before those  hearings? Congress learned nothing from the  debacle of Obamacare, the 2,000-page monstrosity that Nancy  Pelosi insisted that “we have to pass  so that you can find out what’s in  it.” Congressional Democrats acted in haste in pushing the Patient Protection  and Affordable  Care Act, so called, through Congress and the  nation has been repenting at leisure ever since.

 

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