The shutdown proves that we are a deeply divided country. And the ONLY reason that the Republicans gave in is because their constituents, big business said no to them. It was survival for them, an economic necessity.
When it comes to immigration and the shutdown, the media seems to harp upon how people waiting in line was affected. But Citizenship and Immigration Service was open, and legal people had NO EXTRA wait time. The shut down merely hindered illegal people.
The media never paid attention to businesses. Business lost immensely because they could not file transfers of H-1B visas. The Department of Labor was closed. Before filing the H-1B visa, the Department of Labor has to certify that the beneficiary is being paid a fair wage. The Department of Labor was closed. Professionals who were reaching the end of their stay could not file PERM- Labor Certification or H-1B extensions. These individual came into this country legally, and perform professional services mainly in sectors where not enough qualified US Citizens exist.
Yet the Democrats have made immigration into an illegal Mexican issue. However it will be up to the Republicans to champion their side. During the passing of the Affordable Care Act, the Republican just chose not to participate. As a result we have a one party Act, which does not address for instance, tort reform. Even though tort reform is a State issue, the federal Government could easily have limited it under the Act. Ambulance chasing law suits add to useless and expensive tests that greatly increase health care costs, and will continue to do so. But the tort lawyers support Democrats. Lets not make Immigration a one party law.