Immigration Overhaul Likely to Remain Stalled in 2011 – CQ Homeland Security

With the House in GOP hands, prospects for broad immigration legislation in the 112th Congress appear all but dead, with newly empowered Republicans expected to press for increased border security and enforcement actions targeted at undocumented immigrants in the workplace.

But with Democrats still in control in the Senate and neither party commanding a 60-vote supermajority, immigration bills of any scope will almost certainly remain mired in gridlock. Fierce partisanship and a sour economy are also likely to sap the public’s appetite for providing a pathway to legalization for undocumented immigrants or for revamping the country’s guest worker program.