- - Sunday, October 27, 2013

Now that the government shutdown is behind us, President Obama has proposed that Congress take up the immigration issue (“Immigration back on the front burner for Obama; raises eyebrows with DHS pick,” Web, Oct. 18). The call is for a comprehensive bill that would address the many issues at play. On the surface, that sounds responsible and reasonable. However, look what happened with health care and some other recent bills. It seems that “comprehensive” really means a bill that will be too voluminous to read or understand.

This will be a bill that has many nooks and crannies into which the politicians, their staffs, lobbyists, cronies, and assorted unelected and powerful persons can insert language that provides benefits for favored individuals and constituencies. The consequences and costs of such a monster bill will be very difficult to determine. The complexity will almost certainly mean that the public (and probably many of the legislators) will have no idea what is in it, and many will probably not even read it.

Nancy Pelosi will have to again admonish us that the bill must be passed in order for us to find out what is in it. The renewed immigration push has all the signs of an impending train wreck.

DWIGHT HARRISON

Vienna, Va.