It says a lot about what has become of what was once called “the world’s greatest deliberative body” that it’s news when the United States Senate begins an open-ended debate. Instead of real deliberation, most of the Senate’s business these days involves set-piece speeches delivered to an empty chamber, punctuated by votes on massive pieces of legislation cobbled together in secret by unaccountable staff and unread by virtually any senator.
It’s not clear the debate on immigration getting underway today will produce something better. Given the Senate’s membership, we will likely see bipartisan majorities in favor of things most Americans abhor – like amnesty for illegal aliens and continued chain-migration – and against what most want – notably, a truly secure southern border.
If such measures can get at least 60 votes in the Senate, will the House of Representatives and President Trump demand better?