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Will the GOP Pay the Price in 2014 for Blocking Immigration Reform? By Roger Algase

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As we all know, 2013 is ending without immigration reform, thanks to the House GOP leadership and its Tea Party dominated caucus, inspired if not led by the party's anti-Latino Racist-in-Chief, Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa). After all the progress that was being made toward reform in the first half of this year, this seems difficult to believe.

Last month, Molly Ball wrote the following in The Atlantic (What Happened to Immigration Reform? November 22):

www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2013/11/what-happened-to-immigration-reform/281705/

"Conservative commentators like Sean Hannity backed comprehensive reform; the Republican National Committee came out in favor; the Senate Gang of Eight successfully completed its work. The reform coalition, comprising tech executives and evangelical pastors, unions and human rights groups, agriculture and law enforcement, libertarians and bleeding heart liberals, kept Democrats largely united while winning over large swaths of the conservative movement. They kept up a blitz of grassroots pressure, while their opposition was barely seen."

She also wrote:

"The reformers frustration is palpable, as is their confusion. They can't fathom why [House Speaker] Boehner has so stubbornly resisted; bringing up legislation he seems to favor in principle; and that while strongly opposed by some on the right, seems unlikely to ignite a backlash among either conservative members of Congress or republican primary voters. It's a situation whose perplexing dimensions parallel the government October shutdown."

One could argue that the failure of immigration reform this year may have been due, at least in part, to the overoptimistic, head-in-the-sand, refusal of immigration reform supporters like Molly Brown to recognize and confront the powerful opposition to reform, based on deep, widespread prejudice against Latinos and other immigrants of color, which derailed reform in 2007 despite the support of President George W. Bush, and prevented it from even being considered during President Obama's first term.

How can anyone write an article about reform in 2013 without even mentioning the Tea Party, the gerrymandered whites-only congressional districts, Rep. Steve King, Heritage Action, Sen. Ted Cruz, or the fact that only 14 GOP Senators voted for CIR last June?

(I will not even mention the government shutdown, which is outside the scope of this post, except to say that many people believe that it was also in the works ever since the right wing Congressional election coup in 2010, if not from the day that Obama first took office in 2009.)

Whatever reasons one wants to ascribe to the failure of reform legislation this year, the only lesson to be learned from it is that the people who killed it for 2013 must be held responsible in 2014.

In the same article, Brown quoted Frank Sharry, the head of pro-reform America's Voice, as follows:

"We can't force them to get to yes, but we can make them pay a price for getting to no...If this Congress isn't going to pass immigration reform. let's elect a Congress that will."

Amen to that. But there is also another question, that cannot be ignored any longer: When will the Democrats pay the price for Obama's having deported almost 2 million people during his first five years in office?

And pay it they will, if the president doesn't make a rapid and drastic course change in 2014.

Merry Christmas to all Immigration Daily readers.








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Updated 12-24-2013 at 12:23 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs

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  1. federale86's Avatar
    Coup? WTF? An election is a coup? I guess because the winner was not someone who you wanted. I guess that makes you a communist.

    Whites only districts? That is because black and Hispanic politicians want black and Hispanic supermajority districts to ensure their election.
  2. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    I always appreciate people who take the time to read my comments and post their reactions, whether I agree with their views, or think their ideas are rational, or otherwise.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
  3. MKolken's Avatar
    "But there is also another question, that cannot be ignored any longer: When will the Democrats pay the price for Obama's having deported almost 2 million people during his first five years in office?"

    Excellent question.

    The answer, unfortunately, is that to most Democrats winning the immigration reform debate is MUCH more important than finding common ground with the GOP that gets us to a reform solution that fixes our immigration laws and stops the deportations for those that are deserving.

    The Democrats are just as pathetic as the Republicans.

    This is ALL about politics.
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