While the U.S. Senate easily passed the immigration bill Thursday, the measure is expected to encounter resistance from GOP House members before it ever lands on President Obama’s desk in the Oval Office.
The battle shaping up looks to be fierce. But in the midst of this political fight is one voice you just don’t hear that much about:
A liberal encouraging other liberals to oppose the immigration bill.
He’s not an elected official, but a writer for the left-leaning New Republic magazine.
And T.A. Frank knows his article, Why Liberals Should Oppose the Immigration Bill: It’s about low-wage American workers, won’t garner him kudos from his political tribe:
The consensus among decent people in favor of the immigration bill making its way through Congress is so firm that expressing dissent feels a bit like taking the floor to suggest we chop down the Redwood National Park. People don’t want to hear it, and they also think you’re a nut. That makes this article one of the hardest I’ve ever had to write. It’s not that I’m afraid people will get angry; it’s that I can’t imagine anyone on my side (liberal) is open to persuasion.
Frank’s objection to the immigration bill has its roots in future concerns: