Even before the votes are counted today, there is a broad consensus that immigration reform will be a casualty of the midterm elections. Republicans killed it in this Congress and there will be more Republicans next year. Moreover, the controversies over children crossing the Mexican border this year may have shifted the politics to the anti-immigration side.
Yet a few professionals in both parties say that reports of reform's demise may be premature. A compelling case can be made that it would be in the interest of both the Republicans and President Barack Obama to get something done.