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Realists vs. Reactionaries: GOP Civil War Over CIR Continues. By Roger Algase

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The Hill reports that on October 30, a third House Republican, David Valadao (Calif.) announced that he is joining two others Republicans, Rep. Jeff Denham (Calif.) and Rep. Ileana Ross-Lehtinen (FL), who have previously announced their support of the House CIR bill (H.R. 15), introduced by Democratic Rep. Joe Garcia (FL). SeeThird Republican flips on immigration bill

thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/homenews/188711-gopers-breaking-away-on-immigration

Valadao's statement reads:

"By supporting H.R. 15 I am strengthening my message. Addressing immigration reform in the House cannot wait. I am serious about making real progress and will remain committed to doing whatever it takes to repair our broken immigration system."

In contrast, a Texas Republican, Rep. Michael McCaul, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, refused even to meet with President Obama to talk about immigration reform. See, The Hill, October 30: Rep. McCaul won't meet with Obama on immigration because he fears 'trap'

thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/homenews/188752-rep-mccaul-wont-meet-with-obama-on-immigration-because-he

According to The Hill, Rep. McCaul told right wing radio host Laura Ingraham the following:

"I am not pushing for immigration reform. I've been against amnesty my entire career. I'm simply interested in getting the security piece done."

Politico's top immigration reporter, Seung Min Kim, also states in her October 30 article Michael McCaul opposes immigration talks, that McCaul, along with some other House right wing Republicans, is adamantly opposed to any Senate-House conference on immigration reform. She quotes McCaul as telling the following to Laura Ingraham:

"I am not gonna go down the road of conferencing with the Senate [comprehensive immigration reform] bill...And I told Boehner that he needs to stand up and make that very clear that we are not going to conference with the Senate on this. We're not going to conference with the Senate, period."


dyn.politico.com/printstory.cfm?uuid=127B5976-67E4-4BF7-966E-2D0A9AE1A010

That doesn't seem to leave very many beads in the "necklace" of House "piecemeal" immigration bills which some optimists once thought would ultimately add up to a comprehensive immigration reform package that could be negotiated with the Senate.

To the contrary, statements like these show that the only pieces of the "piecemeal" approach that most House Republicans are interested in are the "enforcement only" ones. For McCaul and his allies, the 2012 election might just as well not have happened.

One has to give credit to Rep. McCaul for his candor, however. No hypocrisy or lame excuses here about how "piecemeal" is better than "comprehensive", or that Obama "can't be "trusted to enforce the law", or how legalization will "bust the budget".

Unlike some other House GOP leaders, McCaul is not trying to pretend that he has the slightest intention of supporting reform under any circumstances. He only wants to deport 11 million brown immigrants, plain and simple.

The Republican civil war over immigration continues, with the GOP pro-reform "progressives" still badly outnumbered and outgunned by the reactionary, enforcement only, side in the House.

However, we should be thankful to these few courageous Republicans (mostly from heavily Latino districts) who have been willing to stand up against their own party's negativity and bigotry. They, not the GOP Neanderthals and white supremacists, are America's future.

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Updated 10-31-2013 at 08:23 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs

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