No Movement on the Border: Why Immigration Reform Fell Short Under Bush
February 1, 2011
Western Political Science Association 2011 Annual Meeting Paper
Comprehensive immigration reform was one of President George W. Bush’s top priorities during his second term in office, and to get it done he would need to persuade a divided public and a divided Congress to unite behind a single plan. To do so would call for far more than exploiting an opportunity ripe for change. By analyzing the path immigration reform took through Congress and the roll call votes taken in the House and the Senate, I find that the Bush’s strong public stances hindered his efforts of persuading individual legislators, that his public appeals failed to shift public opinion in favor of his policy positions, and that Bush failed to unify even his own party members on this issue. Through this analysis of past efforts to pass comprehensive immigration reform, we can spot the potential pitfalls President Obama may find in his attempts to address this issue over the coming years.
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Date posted: February 22, 2011 ; Last revised: April 15, 2011