In the world of social media, the current question of Obama's immigration legacy can be summed up as this: Which will be the dominant tag, #DeporterInChief, or #GoBigObama? Anything Obama does will exist next to the 2 million deportations his enforcement has already carried out, more than any previous president.
Reform of our immigration system has been on the docket forever. Campaigning to get to the White House, candidate Barack Obama not only promised but guaranteed immigration reform in his first year in office. That guarantee has not been delivered on because of the President's need to rescue an economy on the abyss.
These two bills do not represent a coherent response to our border crisis. They reflect Speaker Boehner's failed leadership as well as the triumph of immigration extremists. While these bills will have zero policy impact, the GOP will likely feel their political impact for years to come -- and not in a good way.