From The Hill:
House Democrats are making changes to their immigration legislation to reflect the nation’s high unemployment rate.
The move comes as recognition that the 10.2 percent jobless rate – which is expected to rise and remain in double-digits for much of 2010 – has altered the political landscape for an immigration bill.
“Each bill is reflective of a time. And with unemployment over 10 percent I think we need to have language that is very carefully tailored,” said Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.).
Carefully tailored, indeed. Actually, if they were serious about immigration policy reflecting the nation’s high unemployment rate, then a suspension of immigration would be in order. It’s not a long-term strategy (there’s a certain book that lays out one of those), but it has a lot to recommend it over the next couple of years.