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REID: I STILL INTEND TO PASS REFORM IN 2010

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Roll Call reports that Reid is also now talking about passing the bill in the lame duck session of Congress after the election.

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  1. My 2 cents's Avatar
    Reid is in a fool's paradise.
  2. Ramon's Avatar
    Dude! Reid has gone totally schizo!

    We will pass a bill this year! No we can't, we got other things to do. No wait, we will definitely pass a bill this year, but after the elections! No no wait, we can't coz, uummmmm, the republicans, the prez or the house needs to step up first. Oh wait, I changed my mind again!

    May be the dems really don't want to pass the CIR. Maybe the thinking goes this way: the Latino voters will stick with the dems in large numbers as long as they are frustrated with repeated CIR failures vis-?-vis Republicans. If CIR ever actually passes, then a year or two later, Latinos would slowly forget what the dems did for them and defect to the Republican camp. After all, if it weren't for the CIR distortion, Latinos in general tend to be socially conservative (read Republican leaning) voters. Case in point: George W Bush had great success at courting Latinos.

    Let's face it: the Congressional Hispanic Caucus is making empty threats when it says Latino voters will stay home if CIR does not pass. So what? The dems have already prepared to loose a few house seats this year anyway. And the dems have a far better chance of retaining latino voters in the long run, if they just keep hitting the CIR pinata (like Reid) without actually ever cracking the pinata open. Because once the candy spills over, everyone leaves!
  3. Dave Bennion's Avatar
    The Democratic leadership has by this point shown that what they say about immigration reform bears little relation to what they do about immigration reform, and that they are as committed to CIR as they are to leaving Iraq and Afghanistan.
  4. George Chell's Avatar
    I agree with Ramon. CIR is to Dems what abortion is to GOP. If Roe Vs Wade is outlawed, GOP is histor. If CIR passes perhaps the Dems are history...the Latinos are probably sticking with the Dems only because of the CIR...once that is done, they will side with the white skin worshippers and take abuse until the abuse becomes so unbearable that they come back and re-join the Dems!
  5. LFWF's Avatar
    In that case is it fair to say that "Latinos" (as you put it) are getting what they deserve? They are naturally inclined to be with a party (GOP) that disdains them? They are not bothered by the blatant attempt to whitewash Hispanic history and contributions in TX textbooks? If they are "naturally conservative" how about they move the GOP on this issue? Are they using the Democrats just as the Democrats are accused of using them?

    I find myself perplexed by some of the reasoning here. Is no one following the tone and tenor of the "true conservatives"?
  6. Another Voice's Avatar
    Reid is posturing for the hispanic electorate in order for them to come out and supporting in his re-election campaign. CIR does not entirely depend on him if he does not have the votes or the WH backing and at the time it does appear that he has neither. The November strategy would be a viable shot but not sure if the would tackle a huge issue like CIR in the lame duck session. Hispanic voter WILL stay home if the dems do not act, and just as the republicans will eventually come to find out that you can not ignore forever such large minority after all all of those votes can put you over the rival.
  7. USC's Avatar
    "Is no one following the tone and tenor of the "true conservatives"?"

    OK. Here is a link:

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100418/ap_on_re_us/us_white_supremacists_los_angeles
  8. Ramon's Avatar
    Are Latinos getting what they deserve? Well we sure as hell ain't organized or motivated enough (looking at you Congressional Hispanic Caucus - CHC) to achieve what we want to achieve.

    "If they are "naturally conservative" how about they move the GOP on this issue?"

    Well why aren't we? If a few loud mouth bashers can derail and then delay health-care reform for more than year, why can't 12 million Latinos produce and louder voice and expedite CIR??

    All we do is throw a freaking rally every year while tea-parties keep jamming Congressional phone lines and keep funding anti-immigrants political candidates (so called "real Americans") through their Political Action Committees (PACs). You gotta admit: they sure are more effective than us.

    Well, Latinos are gonna need to get a whole lot better at navigating D.C. if we are ever going to make CIR a reality. Why can't we raise serious money through our own PACs and really kick out the anti-immigrant congressmen from office by backing their pro-immigrant opponents? Why can't we flood the mediascape with our own negative ADs against the republican leadership? Why can't we officially threaten the Republican leadership by telling them we are going to campaign against you if you don't back us? Why? Because we think we are going to win a street fight without throwing any punches!

    Don't believe me? Check out the behind-the-scenes HBO documentary called the "The Senator's Bargin" about the 2006 CIR battle. (And NO, I ain't plugging HBO) Here's the trailer:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Bz7IDqNHt8

    This in not in trailer but I particularly like the scene where all the CHC chicas break down and start balling their eyes out in Senator Menendez's office. Pathetic! No wonder we lost!

    And about that yahoo article:
    "National Socialist Movement regional director Jeffrey Russell Hall announced that the group would begin backing political candidates who agreed with their anti-immigrant message."

    Well good!!! I hope they publicly back Mitch Mcconnell, John Boehner and Eric Cantor!


    But then again the Latino PACs would probably fail to capitalize on that anyway...
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