What a week. Following the debate and almost certain collapse of this immigration compromise has been like watching a train wreck for days, a duller version of the feeling I had watching the news of the tsunami in 2004, or the towers collapsing on 9/11.
Of course the Senate meetings, the media coverage and the commentary have not been violent, but the casualties of this immigration bill — families, workers, local economies — are just as tragic. After the compromise revealed itself in all it’s xenophobic, nativist, anti-immigrant glory, I admit I’m deep relief that it is failing, but commentary like this (read the comments for an interesting discussion) and this make it hard to settle down on any level.
I’m out for the weekend, but I’m hoping my recent bout of writer’s paralysis will diminish with some much-needed old-friend time in another city. See you all next week.