How the White House Scandals Help Immigration Reform Move Forward

Article subtitle: 
While Washington dithers over Benghazi, AP-gate, and the IRS, advocates for [illegal aliens] just keep plugging along.
Article author: 
Patricia Murphy
Article publisher: 
Daily Beast
Article date: 
20 May 2013
Article category: 
National News
Article Body: 

As one scandal after another engulfed the White House last week, proponents of immigration reform feared the worst—that the voracious focus on the Obama administration’s missteps would overshadow, and perhaps even doom, their efforts for comprehensive immigration reform during the rest of the president’s second term.

What unfolded instead was just the opposite, as advocates of reform had their best week to date even as the White House ducked, parried, denied, and deflected questions related to the IRS, AP, and Benghazi debacles.

“We hope there’s a fourth scandal,” says Frank Sharry, executive director of America’s Voice and a leader on immigration-reform efforts. “While all of this goes on, we’re just plugging along on this under the radar.”

...instead of conservative media taking shots at the immigration bill in an effort to derail it, as reform proponents expected, talk-radio hosts and other opponents of immigration reform have been consumed by the president’s recent problems instead...