The San Jose Mercury News just pusblished a very good FAQ that outlines many of the issues in the CIR debate.

Q What’s the outlook?

A Uncertain at best. Supporters of a proposed immigration overhaul – most notably President Bush – were initially optimistic that their chances appeared brighter this year after Democrats took control of Congress in January. But arduous behind-the-scenes negotiations in the Senate show that building a winning bipartisan coalition will be just as difficult as ever.

HLG hears that some of this may be posturing. The basic idea is that both sides want to be able to go back to their constituents and convince them that they got every last bit out of the other side. It’s a common strategy and one that is understandable. We stand by our prediction of a 60% chance of CIR this summer.