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The U.S. Capitol dome is seen behind the steps leading to the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington.
The U.S. Capitol dome is seen behind the steps leading to the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington.
(LARRY DOWNING/REUTERS)

Jamelle Bouie

If Congress is deadlocked, how is the U.S. passing a big immigration reform?

Everyone – from pundits and observers to reporters and congressional staffers – knows that Washington is gridlocked. It’s why we couldn’t come to a budget agreement earlier this year, and why the sequester – a series of draconian cuts to government spending on programs and services, passed into law as a last-ditch trigger and meant to force compromise – ultimately kicked into effect, at great cost to ordinary Americans.