Leaders in the House and Senate today reached a compromise on the Immigration bill today. Predictions that conservative Republicans would block the bill turned out to be false. Tom Tancredo, one of the biggest opponents of immigration, signed onto the deal and brought several supporters with him.
Tancredo explained that, while there were still parts of the bill he didn't like, a recent amendment that declares the birthplace of Ron Paul to have never been a part of the United States made the difference. "With that done, we don't have to fear that psycho getting into the White House," Tancredo said.
The amendment came as a surprise to most commentators, but had nearly universal and bipartisan support throughout Congress. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) was the only opponent who spoke out against the amendment, but most of Congress stopped listening to Flake a couple of years ago when he began complaining about runaway spending and earmarks. President Bush said he would sign the bill as soon as it hits his desk.
Residents of Pittsburgh expressed some concern about the amendment, as that is the birthplace of Ron Paul. Local congressman Mike Doyle and Senator Arlen Specter both reassured their constituents that the amendment expires in February of 2009, so it will not affect future candidates from the city.