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There will be no immigration reform. Next time, it will be more challenging to correct.

Roberto Suro: Options were available to fix immigration problems, but nothing was done. Republicans told a simple story of an “invasion” at the border, he writes. Proponents of expansive immigration policies never found a coherent narrative for the border. Don’t look to the future for hope, Suro writes. The immigration cause fragmented further this past spring with stand-alone bills that would address labor needs in agriculture and high tech.

When the chances for a big deal failed, it became every group for itself. This was precisely the outcome advocates of legalization had long fought to avoid.