The terms of the immigration debate have turned less friendly for illegal immigrants as lawmakers and the Bush administration struggle to reach a deal in the next few weeks. . . .

time it’s Democrats – eager to show they can lead – whose fissures are on display.

In an ironic twist, the outlines of a potential deal have moved to the right – toward a more difficult road to citizenship for the nation’s roughly 12 million illegal immigrants – even as the power in Congress has shifted to Democrats, who overwhelmingly favor a more permissive approach.

When I was on Hugh Hewitt’s show the other night, both he and Mickey Kaus — who follow this issue more closely than I do — seemed to feel differently.