Will Paul Ryan outflank John Boehner and pull off a twofer (saving CIR and snatching the Speaker's gavel)?
Will John Boehner break the Hastert Rule, or will he allow the House to play house in "regular order," or will a discharge petition dislodge the Senate bill and force a House vote (as Rachel Maddow fancies)?
These are all Beltway questions for Washington talking heads to ponder. The answer to moving immigration reform legislation in the House can be found on Main Street, in city halls, and in state capitols. It lies in regional and state immigration solutions.
Despite the focus on Washington, there's a serious movement afoot that's growing in rustbelt cities like Detroit, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Dayton, Indianapolis and Lansing. It's about welcoming international students and foreign entrepreneurs, risk takers and job creators, and even their undocumented brothers and sisters, who revitalize metropolitan areas, states and regions.
Republicans worry about building walls but forget that walls are breached or surmounted by those with a will:
The brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out; the brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. The brick walls are there to stop the people who don’t want it badly enough. They are there to stop the other people.
Those are not the words of an illegal border crosser in Arizona. (They're actually from the late Randy Pausch and "The Last Lecture.") Still, they could just as well be said by the immigrant strivers who would come, legally, to cities like my hometown of Detroit and other Great Lakes cities to break down the brick walls of blight, unemployment and poverty with the hammer of creatively destructive capitalism and the timeless American energy and will to make life anew for their families and communities -- if only the House would allow them.