Lamenting that the nation has just seen a “lost decade” on immigration reform, writer Roberto Suro predicted disappointment for the Republicans planning to pass tough new laws aimed at forcing an exodus of the 11 million undocumented residents. “The number of illegal arrivals dropped sharply during the recession, but the people already here did not leave, though they faced massive unemployment and ramped-up deportations,” he wrote. “If they could ride out those twin storms, how much enforcement over how many years would it take to seriously reduce their numbers?” Even so, the new GOP chairmen of related House committees have big plans to step up border security, workplace enforcement and arrests of illegal immigrants.
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