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  1. Brooks: Killing Immigration Bill Would be a "Tragedy" and "Political Suicide" for GOP

    by , 07-12-2013 at 08:38 PM (Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy)
    Meant to post to this earlier today, but if you have not already seen it, read David Brooks' excellent op-ed piece in this morning's NY Times. Brooks makes the case that Republicans are betraying their own principles when they oppose reform.

    He also does a good job explaining what many in the GOP fail to get - that even if the House can get to passage of a bill, they've seriously damaged their brand with immigrant communities and they've got years of work ahead of them repairing it:

    The final conservative point of opposition is a political one. Republicans should not try to win back lower-middle-class voters with immigration reform; they should do it with a working-class agenda.

    This argument would be slightly plausible if Republicans had even a hint of such an agenda, but they don’t. Even then it would fail. Before Asians, Hispanics and all the other groups can be won with economic plans, they need to feel respected and understood by the G.O.P. They need to feel that Republicans respect their ethnic and cultural identity. If Republicans reject immigration reform, that will be a giant sign of disrespect, and nothing else Republicans say will even be heard.

    Whether this bill passes or not, this country is heading toward a multiethnic future. Republicans can either shape that future in a conservative direction or, as I’ve tried to argue, they can become the receding roar of a white America that is never coming back.

    That’s what’s at stake.
  2. Napolitano Resigning

    by , 07-12-2013 at 11:55 AM (Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy)
    Surprising news this morning. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, one of the longest serving members of the President's Cabinet, announced this morning that she is resigning as of early September to accept a position as the head of the University of California system. No word yet on replacements. Conceivably, this could make it a little easier to negotiate an immigration reform bill as Secretary Napolitano has - unfairly in my view - been labeled as soft on immigration enforcement and has been the frequent target of criticism from Republicans.

    Updated 07-12-2013 at 12:00 PM by GSiskind

  3. Back on Line

    by , 07-12-2013 at 11:43 AM (Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy)
    Yesterday my blog was converted over to a new format consistent with the rest of ILW. It may take me a little while to get the hang of it so please be patient. I'm hoping I have all the same capabilities with the new software.
  4. House Republicans are Pummeled From Right and Left for Opposing CIR by Roger Algase

    House Republicans are Pummeled From Right and Left for Opposing CIR. Will They Listen? by Roger Algase For the great majority of Americans, who support real immigration reform, not just more of the same old right wing calls for more border security and internal enforcement, it is almost inconceivable that CIR could be on life support (as an MSNBC commentator put it on the July 11 Rachel Maddow show) and might actually fail.
    Even though recent developments (or lack of them) in the House of Representatives have lead to a good deal of gloom and doom for CIR in the media, which I have also expressed in my own recent comments, there may be a faint few rays of hope that sanity might somehow prevail in the House.
    The following headlines in the July 11 Politico could give some support to this view:
    Parties seek advantage in immigration dance
    Cantor, Goodlatte, want young immigrants bill
    Paul to GOP: "Welcome" immigrants
    McCain: Senate would work with piecemeal immigration bill
    Chuck Schumer encouraged by House immigration talks
    and, most reassuring of all:
    Immigration reform isn't dead.
    The hope, obviously, is that by putting an optimistic face on the slow train wreck for CIR that is now going on in the House, things will somehow work out for reform. It is also possible that House Republicans may be finally beginning to feel pressure from within their own party.
    During the 2012 presidential campaign, no one was more of a straight GOP party-line apologist than Jennifer Rubin of the Washington Post.
    Reading her columns, one could have wondered whether she was supporting Mitt Romney for president or for sainthood. She had an explanation for almost every weird twist and turn of the gaffe-prone disaster that was the Romney campaign.
    But now, evidently freed from her loyalty to Mr. "Self-Deportation" Rubin has turned into a strong immigration advocate on the right and a fierce critic of the GOP's anti-immigrant wing:
    In her July 11 WP column: The dumbest excuse ever, Rubin assails her fellow Republicans who are trying to use their alleged lack of trust in President Obama as an excuse for opposing immigration reform in the strongest possible language:
    "In short, the argument [that President Obama cannot be trusted to enforce the immigration laws] is really the sort of one-line radio talk show hosts spout. For elected officials charged with addressing the country's problems, it is a shameful abdication of responsibility. But it is revealing of the predicament in which GOP House members now find themselves. Doing nothing about an issue they demagogued for years is harder than you might think." (Italics added)
    And on the left, WP columnist Eugene Robinson writes in The Party of No, July 11):
    "So the House Republicans' intransigence isn't really about the border. It's about avoiding the central question, which is what to do about the 11 million undocumented migrants who are here already."
    The majority of House Republicans are not going to be persuaded to give up their long-standing anti-immigrant, anti-Latino, anti-minority posture merely by hoping for some clever parliamentary devices which have been bandied about (such as a "discharge petition" to permit a House vote on S.744 without Speaker Boehner's approval, or a series of piecemeal House immigration bills leading to a Senate conference).
    The majority of House Republicans will stop blocking reform only when they finally realize that they are so out of touch with demographic change in 21st Century America that they are putting their party's continued existence in danger.
    It is now up to immigrant communities, and immigration advocates, to make that case. About The Author
    Roger Algase is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School. He has been practicing business immigration law in New York City for more than 20 years. The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author(s) alone and should not be imputed to ILW.COM.
  5. Homeland Security Chief Janet Napolitano Jumping Ship by Matthew Kolken

    by , 07-12-2013 at 10:14 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    The LA Times reports that Department of Homeland Security Chief Janet Napolitano is leaving her post to become the head of the University of California school system.

    This announcement comes less than a month after ICE Director Morton tendered his resignation.

    Don't let the door hit you on the way out Janet.

    Watch Lost in Detention on PBS. See more from FRONTLINE.

    Updated 07-12-2013 at 10:19 AM by MKolken

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