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Can House Republicans Avoid Pandering to Their Anti-Immigrant Base? By Roger Algase

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Are House Republicans pandering to their racist base on immigration? Yes, in the opinion of Shannon Argueta, writing on July 11 for the site:

www.addictinginfo.org
.

The article is called:

House Republicans Pander To Their Deeply Racist Base And Refuse To Take Up Immigration Reform

www.addictinginfo.org/2013/07/11/house-gop-refuses-immigration-reform/#print

Argueta does not mince words in talking about the Republicans' main argument against CIR, namely supposed lack of border security and internal enforcement:

"So everything the Republicans have *****ed about was taken care of in the Senate's version of the bill. Billions of dollars in extra security agents and lots of new fencing to keep those 'Messicans' out. An e-verify system to keep the 'illegals' from stealing hardworking Americans' jobs. Everything was peachy and although we know the bill was sure to face some challenges in the House, everything seemed to be worked out in a mutually amicable agreement. HOORAY!

Unfortunately our elation has been short lived. House Republicans announced...that they will not be taking up comprehensive immigration reform...That's right, they aren't going to get it all out-of-the-way at once, they are going to pull it apart and insert as much right wing hatred as possible into every separate piece of legislation."

Argueta continues:

"Republicans in the House are elected in districts that are heavily red. They fear that if they support an immigration bill that smells even slightly of amnesty, they will be voted out. The one thing that their racist constituents hate the most (besides the gays, Muslims, taxes, Liberals, flowers, the earth, happiness) is the thought that all those all of these 'horrible, dirty, government-leaching, Spanish-speaking brown people' being awarded their citizenship and taking over their bright white country...So, with that in mind the American hating Republicans in the House have chosen to ignore every study that shows reform will be a much-needed positive for our country and instead pander to their xenophobic, hate filled base."

These are strong words. But are they unjustified? Not if one looks at the hundreds of comments full of hatred and open anti-Latino racism that appear at the bottom of almost any article about immigration in the mainstream media; not if one reads the endless barrage of accusations on right wing Internet sites that not only 11 million unauthorized immigrants, but brown people in general, are criminals who are only interested in government handouts.

These voices of hate are going to be directed at House Republicans without letup during the August recess and for long after that. Will the voices of reason, reality and reform be heard as loudly and as often?






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