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Bloggings: Congress Debates CIR - While the Deportations Go On. By Roger Algase

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As CIR moves through the Senate though a minefield of anti-immigrant amendments, heading on a possible collision course with what could turn out to be an even more "enforcement" oriented House bill (if there is one), with more and more people thrown under the bus in a desperate effort to reach a compromise with right wing Republicans anxious to appease their party's dwindling Southern white male base, the Obama administration's record-setting deportations continue almost unabated.


Does the fact that there is so little let-up in the deportation mill (aside from DREAMERS's and some others lucky enough to be granted administrative "deferred action") have anything to do with the fact that there is so much pressure for Congressional negotiators to keep moving to the right in order to have any hope of getting a CIR bill passed?


The anti-immigrant lobby's complaint that CIR needs to have ever tougher (and more impossible to achieve) "enforcement" triggers rings hollow in the face of the reality of President Obama's 400,000 deportations per year. As the Huffingtom Post stated in its April 24 article: Deportations Continue As Congress Seeks Immigration Reform:


"The Obama administration has disrupted a record number of lives in proving to Republicans that it is tough when it comes to enforcement, promising the immigrant community a better future while it infuses their present lives with fear, uncertainly and heartbreak. For many of those whose lives have become currency in the political exchange, there will be no redemption."


If, in contrast, the administration were to declare a moratorium on deportations in all except the most egregious cases, such as those involving violent criminals or threats to national security, would the pressure not then be on immigration opponents to compromise in order to get a reform bill through which Republicans need even more urgently for their own survival than the Democrats do?


As immigration opponent Patrick Buchanan wrote at the end of a column discussed in my May 13 Immigration Daily blogging, I am just asking.

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