Ruben Navarette is one of the best commentators on immigration. His home paper is in San Diego. But he also is willing to hammer the extremes on both sides. His latest column (via RealClearPolitics) is a case of that.
The Pence-Hutchison proposal is better than the enforcement-only House bill, which is doomed to failure, and the Senate bill, but it still has two problems. First, there is no way to be sure that the foreign "Ellis Island Centers" will work. Second, it relies on the notion of "self-deportation", which is a false promise - it's only doable if you make life here more miserable than where the illegals come from. That's going to take a lot of doing.
I think the approach suggested by Congressman Chris Cannon's advisory committee is a better one. But then again, as Hedgehog Central has pointed out, even the Pence bill is bitterly opposed by the hardliners.
In essence, the immigration hard-liners are to the GOP what the Deaniacs are to the Democrats. The conservatives have be frustrated beyond description. The Democrats have me royally pissed off, and frightened for the future of the country. Not a good choice for November, is it?