Saturday, May 31, 2014 | 2:02 a.m.
It appears that the House is unwilling to act on “comprehensive” immigration reform, as passed by the Senate.
One possible compromise would be to introduce a “minimal reform” bill in the Senate. This would address only the conditions under which otherwise-law-abiding “illegal immigrants” could remain in the country, exempt from deportation until a certain date. These might include skills, English-language proficiency and amount of tax revenue generated.
Those who fail to qualify — but are innocent of any serious crime — would be allowed to remain for a month or two, but would then be required to depart.
The inclusion of additional provisions, such as allowing qualified applicants to lawfully enter and remain, would merit serious consideration.
Even so, the status of already-present individuals appears to be the highest-priority issue.