I assumed that Roger Simon's Can the GOP dig out of its hole? (POLITICO, April 2 2013) was just another case of a liberal pundit urging the Republicans to commit suicide by Amnesty, and in many ways it is. But it does contain this interesting observation:
[T]here may be less of an immigration deal in existence than current headlines would have us believe. Not only are Republicans still thrashing out the issue, but a source told me that Democrats in the Senate are far from having the 60 votes necessary for a filibuster-proof bill. And nobody knows what the even more chaotic House will come up with.
My emphasis. Simon does add that
“There is no salvation for the Republican Party except for backing a path to citizenship for the 11 million,” a source close to the immigration negotiations told me. “The Republican demographic of older, white voters is shrinking, and they are losing the growing demographic of younger, nonwhite voters."
But this is just the usual innumerate nonsense repeatedly refuted on VDARE.com e.g. here.
Breaking news: a few minute ago, POLITICO posted Business balks at immigration deal (By Anna Palmer, April 13, 2013):
A deal between the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and labor groups on visas for low-skilled workers was supposed to clear a path for an immigration reform package in the Senate.
Instead, some business groups are grumbling about the deal and they’re gearing up for a lobbying battle on Capitol Hill — where powerful interests helped doom immigration reform over the same issue before.
As I've said before, immigration patriots inside the Beltway remain surprisingly calm. This whole Amnesty/ Immigration Surge drive may turn out to have been just another lobbyist charade to fleece the naive business class.