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Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy

Dems to Take Another Shot at Immigration Reform

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Not impressed. The Democrats are planning on trying to push through either comprehensive immigration reform again or the DREAM Act, perhaps coupled with new enforcement measures. I see zero chance of passage and the timing is probably designed to remind voters that the while the Democrats haven't delivered on immigration, they're at least trying. But are they really trying? Immigration reform was not brought up early in this President's term when he had maximum leverage. And given that he promised to deal with immigration reform in his first year, this is not just sour grapes.


Furthermore, the President has overseen the biggest crackdown on illegal immigration in history and  shrugged his shoulders and blamed Congress when he was urged to take administrative actions within his perview. The President has not been honest when he has said only Congress can fix problems in the immigration system. He has had solutions presented to him that didn't require legislation and has rejected them because he did not want to take the political heat that would come if he bypassed the dysfunctional Congress.


Finally, the Democrats had the opportunity to end the use of the filibuster which would have meant that only 50% would have been needed to pass immigration reform rather than 60%. The Republicans have filibustered more in the last three years than all Congresses in the last 60 put together. Fear of not having the filibuster as a tool if the Democrats ended up in the minority likely led to this strategic decision. But this is putting party ahead of country and is no excuse for allowing the political system to remain paralyzed.


Don't get me wrong. I'm not rooting for Republican victories that would result in anti-immigrants gaining more power than they already have. But I also think Democrats should be measured on what they actual accomplish, not just on what they say.

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  1. SG's Avatar
    Utter nonsense and a waste of time. It is really a shame that voters are treated as idiots and there is no body to speak up - "Stop this BS. This is going one way and that is down. Focus on legal immigration if you have the courage to do so"...and which we know u don't..so sit back and see the drama unfold..the script of which is known by the stupidest person in the whole world!!!
  2. Jack's Avatar
    (But what is clear is that Democrats are interested in using their version of reform as a "contrast issue")

    "Contrast issue"? Insert punch line here about how uncommitted that sounds. Is *anyone* fooled by the Dem's rope-a-dope game anymore? Based on article comments, very few.


    "Democrats see the GOP positions as an opportunity to regain some lost ground."

    Especially given the unemployment rate, you'd think the Republican nominee might mention Obama's case closure and a work permit to those caught in the enforcement system.



  3. Another Voice's Avatar
    Amen to the posting Greg!!!
  4. Another Voice's Avatar
    Latino voters ought to make them pay for wanting to take them for fools!!! The administration would not spend political capital or effort when they had a chance to get this done. Yet now that is just about playing politics with zero chance of passage they will give it their all, so dishonest!!!
  5. George Chell's Avatar
    "Latino voters ought to make them pay for wanting to take them for fools!!! The administration would not spend political capital or effort when they had a chance to get this done. Yet now that is just about playing politics with zero chance of passage they will give it their all, so dishonest!!!"

    Like the Dem voters in WI and OH stayed home to teach the Dems a lesson a year ago?

  6. George Chell's Avatar
    There is a super-committee at work in Washington DC. According to one proposal education spending could be cut by a third over the next four years which means higher fees and fewer American students being admitted into colleges and universities as they look for more revenue and higher tuition fees from foreign students. More foreign students will be admitted and as in the case of University of Washington there will be a cap on instate students...

    http://thesunbreak.com/2011/04/11/bow-down-to-the-university-of-washingtons-budget-woes/

    Fewer American students mean fewer American skills, which means more skilled migrants will be required..failing that jobs will move abroad which means even less revenue and the vicious cycle will continue. The problem is I dont see people like Jack arguing with the people in the Super Committee fighting these cuts...I dont see people from CIS and FAIR fighting these cuts saying that it will mean more dependent on foreigners and that we need to train more Americans...not now anyway. They will come four to five years from now when they try to increase the cap on H1-B or visa recapture or something else saying that we need to train American students. Which makes me question the motivation of not Jack...I know he wants US economy to look like Belrus...a country with declining population...but the motivations of folks such as Kirkorian, Camarotta and Stein, Heather McDonald and their organizations...racism and bigotry anyone?
  7. LFWF's Avatar
    "Latino voters ought to make them pay for wanting to take them for fools!!! The administration would not spend political capital or effort when they had a chance to get this done. Yet now that is just about playing politics with zero chance of passage they will give it their all, so dishonest!!!"

    Not disagreeing with you. But in the end, unfortunately, it is Latinos who will end up paying. Republicans will make things far worse for them. Will it be a case of cutting your nose to spite your face?
  8. Another Voice's Avatar
    "Not disagreeing with you. But in the end, unfortunately, it is Latinos who will end up paying. Republicans will make things far worse for them. Will it be a case of cutting your nose to spite your face?"

    How much worse can it get Obama has deportation policy on steroids just watch the documentary Greg posted is as bad as it can be, why would Latinos sign up for a double dose of that? If they do not send a strong message now they will continue to be the favorite political toy of both parties one will bash them and the other will BS them to death!! The dems have more to lose that the repuks so if you want someone to share your pain it may as well be the dems the repuks already gave up on trying to capture these voting block. I hear you on not wanting the republicans but in the end business tells the repuks what to do and they need the undocumented workers i place.
  9. Another Voice's Avatar
    Either that Morton memo is starting to take effect or perhaps is slowing down in election season....

    California Deportations Down Despite More ICE Arrests

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/26/california-deportations-_n_1032840.html?ir=Latino+Voices&ncid=edlinkusaolp00000009
  10. LFWF's Avatar
    Another Voice: Don't kid yourself. It can get much worse. Repubs to want to please their corporate masters. But they are far more terrified of their ugly base. And that base is buying for blood. Someone has to pay for all the suffering.Even corporate masters understand that Latinos are an easy target. Anger focused on Latinos is automatically deflected from Wall Street. Think it through for yourself...
  11. Another Voice's Avatar
    I do not disagree that the rpuks are a horror story but the facts point that Obama and the dems are not exactly a walk in the park. They may not make much noise and will talk to death about CIR. But in reality they are taking action far worse than it has been seen before, deporting and arresting more people than ever before. Letting private prisons make out like bandits from their immigration policy, human rights violations, little legal rights for immigrants and tons of broken families and broken american dreams. The dems may talk pretty and the repuks will talk ugly but in the end the dems are the ones carrying out the strategy on steroids. People will have to make that judgment when they go to the polls that is all I am saying. Today's status quo includes massive deportations, they have set their hard target on 400,000 people a year to keep their funding and to a government agency that is all that matters. Thus they will not find 400,000 hard criminal aliens per year and will continue to fill the gap with whom ever is available.
  12. George Chell's Avatar
    "How much worse can it get Obama has deportation policy on steroids just watch the documentary Greg posted is as bad as it can be, why would Latinos sign up for a double dose of that?"

    Take the State of Alabama, Georgia and Arizona and multiply it by several times to encompass the USA. Pretty soon, Arapio will try to make Hawaii look majority white by arresting all the people of Asian and Polynesian origin in that state!
  13. George Chell's Avatar
    Another Voice may ask what that GOP base looks like. Read the attatchment all the comments...this is the true GOP base...

    http://www.thepoliticalcesspool.org/jamesedwards/2011/04/08/mississippi-republicans-think-interracial-marriage-should-be-illegal/
  14. George Chell's Avatar
    More of the GOP base....

    http://communities.washingtontimes.com/neighborhood/politics-raising-children/2011/oct/24/pat-buchanan-suicide-superpower-will-america-survi/
  15. Another Voice's Avatar
    I am not advocating for the GOP I merely point out that as a political strategy the dems simply talk but they do not want action because they want to keep this strategy in place to play politics. If the Latino vote goes for it yet oneeee more time then the strategy worked(if it ain't broken why fix it!!!). So they just continue to use it a a carrot only now in order for anyone not to accuse them of being soft on enforcement they are implementing the republican strategy on steroids. All I am saying is that in order for the dems to change their mind and actually solve the problem they will have to feel the pain also. Meaning their strategy will not work because it actually turned off an important voting block and they got screwed because it backfired, otherwise they will keep doing what they are doing. If the new status quo includes massive deportations Latinos really are just getting Arpio minus the rhetoric the deportations and secure communities are doing what Arpio does or advocates for so are they really that different???? The dems can't afford to lose the Latino vote the Repuks have always written it off so really the base turns out to be noise but the hammer is coming from both parties. Otherwise how do you explain Obama getting 10 million Latino vote and then coming back with record deportations in his 3 years in office more than Bush's 8 years???? What is the incentive for Latinos to back up Obama??? No noise from the base?? In the end the ACLU is doing more to stop the nonsense from the repuks base that the administration.
  16. George Chell's Avatar
    Another voice:

    The Dems also think that once the Hispanics get what they want, they will do what they do best: switch over to the GOP!
  17. Another Voice's Avatar
    Based on what happened in CA with prop 187 that seems highly unlikely, I can't agree with you on that one. The repuks have done their job well of destroying their brand with the Latino community rebuilding that will be a tsunami task.
  18. Another Voice's Avatar
    In the and we shall see election night I honestly think they will stay home for lack of motivation to come out for for Obama and that can only help the repuks. Not happy about that but it is they way it looks.....but if it does happen and the actions of the administration have those consequences I bet you both parties will change their tune and that maybe a good thing....
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