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The immigration bill: America's priority?

| Friday, Sept. 13, 2013, 8:57 p.m.

Even before the Syrian situation got hot, those supposedly heated “town hall” sessions last month on the Senate's amnesty-driven immigration bill were met with the chill of public disengagement, according to various newspaper accounts.

Stalled immigration legislation drew yawns, not yells, at lawmakers' forums. Obviously among issues vying for the public's attention this fall —not the least of which is ObamaCare — the immigration bill is small potatoes.

And that stands to reason. If, as polls still show, Americans are more concerned about the slow economic recovery and stagnant jobs rate, why would they want to open the door to U.S. employment for millions of illegal aliens?

Even the most pro-immigration-bill proponents, President Obama's Organizing for Action, failed to deliver a single rabble-rouser at an August event organized by Rep. Frank LoBiondo, R-N.J., whose district includes a significant Hispanic population.

Elsewhere, Rep. Spencer Bachus, R-Ala., was repeatedly corrected by constituents at a forum for using the term “undocumented aliens.” People shouted back “illegal!”

And Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Ariz., called the legislation what it is: “a crappy bill.”

Evidently the tide has not turned for Democrats' so-called “pathway to citizenship,” which in coming weeks could get swept away in the undertow of far more significant and pressing national concerns.

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