Against All Odds

Congress acts on immigration

"There never will be a perfect bill, any more than there are perfect children, perfect marriages or perfect crimes." So said Republican Senator Alan Simpson of Wyoming last week about the Immigration Reform Act of 1986, a measure that he co-sponsored. Few of Simpson's colleagues would disagree with that assessment, which is one reason why the bill has languished in Congress for years. Yet last week, less than a month after the measure had been given up for dead for another year, Congress passed the most far-reaching change in the nation's immigration laws in two decades.

Under the bill's most controversial...

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