Morning Joe on Immigration

By Jerry Kammer on November 5, 2014

This morning's "Morning Joe" program on MSNBC offered several interesting observations on the future of immigration policy in the aftermath of Tuesday's election. Here are four:

Eugene Robinson, Washington Post columnist: "The president has said that after the election he's going to do the maximum he can do on his own authority, which is apparently a lot. That would be a polarizing thing, especially given the Republican victory speeches last night, which were almost uniformly, as if reading from a script, open-armed and inviting the possibility of compromise and moving ahead on big issues. So it seems to me that if you're the president you've got to have that conversation, at the bare minimum, before you do anything."

Tom Brokaw, former NBC anchor: "It's in the Republicans' interest to do something about immigration. ... That Hispanic vote was not as much in the president's corner this morning as they were two years ago, but it's large. That is a really hot button issue out there. If you just dial back and remember when the kids were coming up from Guatemala and Central America, all up and down the board people said, 'We don't want them here.' ... A lot of that goes to what I think is, a number of voters feel like they're losing the America that they grew up with and they want it back in some fashion and they don't want something that comes along to threaten the America they grew up with. You look at all the polling last night. They feel that the American dream is going away, that their kids won't have the lives that they've had."

From Sen. Mitch McConnell's (R-Ky.) victory speech: "We do have an obligation to work together on issues where we can agree. I think we have a duty to do that. Just because we have a two-party system doesn't mean we have to be in perpetual conflict. I think I've shown that to be true at critical times in the past. I hope the president gives me the chance to show it again."

Rep. Steve Israel (D-N.Y.): "We need to do this incrementally. I think both parties have a vested interest in delivering for the middle class, and so we should pick three things [college debt, immigration reform, and tax code reform] and move forward."