Immigration Reform May Get Shoved Aside in Congress

ABC News Political Director gives his odds for immigration reform in the fall.
2:04 | 09/04/13

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Transcript for Immigration Reform May Get Shoved Aside in Congress
I'm Ted -- in the immigration editor fusion and I'm here with Rick Klein the political director at ABC news. Immigration reform has be in it a topic in congress for the past few months but now it appears as of its stalled. Rick what are your thoughts about where things are gone immigration is getting crunched by a couple of things one is getting crushed by events the other is -- getting crushed by political realities on the event front you start with this budget crisis the fact that. We know that most of the faulty it's consumed by these. Withering debates over what spending should be in and where -- -- And then you add to that Syria because Syria came out of nowhere -- as an event and that is gonna consume now a few weeks -- time in congress is only so much bandwidth. When you really drill down and then you add to that the political realities in what by that I mean. There are major contingent inside a congress that was never -- immigration reform I've heard some people say that because. Congress is busy with these other issues like Syria in the debt ceiling that it actually could give cover to some Republicans who may be don't want. Their constituents know too much about their vote on immigration but that they can kind of quietly vote on ending get a bill through I've heard the theory I just disagree with I don't think you can do immigration quietly I think this is going to be a big deal. If and when it happens and I don't think there's a way to kind of slip it in there I think there is a part of the argument that says. It the -- -- that there -- heat operate that can help build support for I think that can definitely happen. But at some point you need to spend weeks if not months on the floor of the House of Representatives with amendments. With hearings with with all the protests that will surround it on both sides. And you need to schedule that. We're talking about. Forty days left in congress for the years -- any chance in your mind that it that he gets passed this year is is this something -- -- looking forward to -- fourteen to see if something I think there -- a chance. I think there still is a pathway to get it done. But I was more optimistic two months ago three months ago four month ago as time has gone by as the clock runs out as other events start to intervene. It becomes less and less likely well Rick thank you for share your thoughts on this and we look forward to seeing what happens in congress -- the next month or -- thank you --

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