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Ramesh Ponnuru

Can Democrats Go It Alone on Immigrant Amnesty?

Acting unilaterally would be wrong, illegitimate and poisonous.

Little room for compromise.

Little room for compromise.

Photographer: Bryan R. Smith/AFP via Getty Images

There’s a strong case that Congress should give legal status to millions of immigrants who are here illegally, at least under certain conditions. There’s a case, reasonable though not as strong, that we ought to have legislative rules that allow a bare majority of Congress to make that change in our laws.

There is, by contrast, no real case that the rules in place today allow it.