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Bloggings: The Far Right Has Its Knives Out For CIR. Can Immigration Reform Survive? By Roger Algase

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Despite all of the negotiating, compromising, amending ,debating, throwing people under the bus and, finally, voting to pass CIR in the Senate, immigration reform is in serious danger of being defeated by many of the same hard-core right wing extremists who brought down reform in 2007 and seemingly have learned nothing from the 2012 election.


On June 30, Politico posted an article: No recess for Tea Party on immigration. 


dyn.politico.com/printstory.cfm?uuid=F958D9C7-1C35-459F-B7A3-3E12666AAA5B6


The artlcle states:


"[Tea Party] activists are promising to spend the congressional recess reminding lawmakers who support the Gang of Eight legislation what the base is capable of. Think loud town halls, jammed phone lines and primary challenges down the road - echoes of Obamacare three years ago.


'The anger is more intense now than it was in 2010' said Judson Phillips, founder of Tea Party Nation. 'They are more upset about the amnesty bill than they were about Obamacare' ".


Meanwhile, on the extreme far right lunatic fringe, Sarah Palin, who has now resurfaced as a Fox News "analyst", has announced that the 2012 election never took place - at least not the election that every other person in America is familiar with.


In Sarah Palin's private alternative universe (shared only by other immigrant-haters such as Ann Coulter, author of the infamous December, 2012 anti-Latino rant: El Tipping Pointo), the fact that 71 percent of Latino voters chose Barack Obama instead of Mitt "Self-Deportation" Romney last fall means nothing at all.


Politico quotes Palin as follows (Sarah Palin mocks GOP: 'Great job' on immigration, June 28):


"You've just abandoned the Reagan Democrats with this amnesty bill."


(Which president does Sarah Palin think signed the Reagan amnesty, James K. Polk?)


Then, adding a touch of Orwell, the restored Fox News analyst continued:


"it was the loss of the working class voters in swing states that cost us the 2012 election, not the Hispanic vote."


dyn.politico.com/printstory.cfm?uuid=2BF91736-4821-4F46-B78B-C5F08896CC12


Does Sarah Palin seriously think that the Republicans' debacle with Latino voters made no difference in last November's election? Will she say the same if the GOP's share of the Latino vote drops from 27 percent in 2012 to 17 percent next time? Or how about 7 percent?


Yet this is exactly what the anti-immigrant wing of the GOP, seems determined to accomplish.


Politico also reports on the elaborate circus going on in the House of pretending to take up immigration reform, while in fact doing everything possible to kill it. See, House's GOP immigration playbook, June 28.


dyn.politico.com/printstory.cfm?uuid=EB41F17C-A62E-4726-BB85-4166705B064


Politico also reports that the same House Republicans, such as Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (Va) who are determined to kill CIR are also hoping to find a way to blame the Democrats for its demise. See GoodlatteGutierrez spar over House immigration bill, June 30.


www.politico.com/blogs/politico-live2013/06/goodlatte-gutierrez-spar-over-house-immigration-bill-167391.html?hp=r5


Meanwhile, the Washington Post reports (June 30) that both Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) are optimistic that the House will pass immigration reform. 


Let us hope that this is not just whistling in the wind. The extreme right wing has its knives out for CIR. Reform supporters should not be complacent.



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