AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventThe plan was imperfect, yes, but there is no perfect plan to address a policy so broken for so long that it has allowed millions of people to slip through and operate unknown throughout the country. And the agreement senators had worked out, which had border protection provisions as well as a path to eventual citizenship, was the most balanced plan that has emerged out of Washington yet. As the senators enjoy their Easter break, it would be a good time for them to reflect on their responsibility to work through the disagreements once they reconvene. Reforming immigration is too important a task to allow politics to get in the way. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! IT seemed so certain. In a rare appearance, Senate leaders from both parties announced to the public on Thursday that lawmakers had crafted an agreement on immigration reform. The first step in an honest reform of the nation’s broken immigration policy appeared to be under way. Then the bottom dropped out of the agreement. At the last minute, partisan bickering tanked the compromise that seemed so close. And on Friday, the day before a two-week spring recess, the agreement was thwarted by some Republicans who kept trying to force amendments that would have fundamentally changed it. In so doing, the Senate failed both the legal residents of the United States and the 11 million or so illegal ones living in society’s shadow.