GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney has chided President Barack Obama for failing to keep campaign promises on federal immigration reform. The avoidance of reform in Washington has fueled state-based reform efforts. Nevertheless, we remain convinced that immigration reform is a federal issue. We also remain skeptical that the next Congress and the next president will get anything of substance done.
Thus, HB 1804 and similar state measures will be proposed, litigated, discussed and debated — and occasionally crop up in political campaigns. Sadly, true immigration reform draws far less interest than the exploitation of immigration for political gain.