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On Second Thought

Let me modify what I said earlier: A deal along the lines I mentioned–basically, an enforcement-only bill, with a few sweeteners for selected business lobbies to cut down on the pressure for a “comprehensive” bill–would, I think, have been doable if key players had pushed in that direction a few months ago. By the last few weeks, at least in the Senate, an amnesty was a done deal with or without Kyl.

Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.