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Two GOPers Say We Need Immigration Reform; Dem Offers to Postpone it. By Roger Algase

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POLITICO has three different immigration stories on Sunday (February 9), with the unlikely configuration of two leading Republicans emphasizing the need for reform now, with a leading Democrat offering to postpone it until 2017.

In Rand Paul warns Texas could turn blue, POLITICO quotes the Kentucky Republican Senator as follows:

"We won't all agree on it...but if you want to work and you want a job and you want to be part of America, we'll find a place for you."

Paul also drew applause by quoting Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah) as saying:

"Immigrants are assets, not liabilities. We were all immigrants once."

Paul was also joined by Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas), who voted against the Senate CIR bill, S. 744, but who is now saying that broadening its base is "the most important challenge our party faces".

In another February 9 article, Peter King on GOP immigration reform, POLITICO quotes Rep. Peter King (R-NY - not to be confused with anti-immigrant bigot Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, who has compared immigrants to dogs and called DREAMERS "drug mules"), as lamenting that nationwide, immigration reform is "something the Republican party should do". but that it is hard to get a majority of Republicans to sign on to it district by district.

Meanwhile, on the Democratic side, Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) who is arguably the most influential Senator of all on immigration reform, has challenged the Republicans to enact reform now but postpone its effective date to 2017, after President Obama leaves office. See POLITICO, Schumer proposes immigration work-around, February 9. (Schumer also recently condemned Tea Party racism for blocking immigration reform in a January 24 statement.)

That way, Senator Schumer says, the Republicans would not have to worry about whether Obama could be "trusted" to enforce the law, because he would no longer be in office.

Few Immigration Daily readers are likely to believe that this proposal is anything more than rhetorical, and I certainly do not.

However, it is a sad reality that we probably will not have reform until 2017 anyway, unless more Republican leaders become concerned (as Rand Paul evidently is) about the potential catastrophe that may be waiting for their party in the 2016 election if they don't stand up against the Tea Party bigots in their ranks now.

(Please note that, as I previously mentioned, I am no longer providing links to POLITICO articles until I can find ones that actually work. I suggest taking an additional five seconds to use Google instead.)

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Roger Algase is a New York attorney and a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School. For more than 30 years, through his close personal attention to each case, he has been earning the trust of his business and professional immigration clients and helping them achieve successful results.

His main areas of practice are H-1B and O-1 work visas, and green cards through labor certification, extraordinary ability, and opposite or same sex marriage. His email address is algaselex@gmail.com










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Updated 02-10-2014 at 10:48 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs

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  1. Jack2's Avatar
    if you want to work and you want a job and you want to be part of America, we'll find a place for you


    Paul sounds like he is for unlimited immigration.

    This weekend we found out that George Will dreams of a 500,000,000 U.S. population in the next generation or two--brought by high immigration.

    Ted Cruz wants to quintuple guest workers. Nobody seemed to notice last spring.

    Interestingly, there was just a poll which casts doubt on the truism that surging Latino population will inevitably turn Texas blue:

    Gallup Poll Crushes Democratic Dreams of a 'Blue Texas'

    http://www.woai.com/articles/woai-local-news-119078/gallup-poll-crushes-democratic-dreams-of-12046711/
  2. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    If Texas does not turn blue, it will be despite the efforts of the anti-immigrant bigots in the Republican party who are doing everything they can to hand that state (and other Southern and Western red states) to the Democrats by ensuring that Latinos will not vote Republican for at least another generation.

    Rand Paul may not always be right about policy issues, but he does know something about GOP politics.

    Republicans who think that Latino voters don't matter or that they can attract Latino voters without immigration reform are living in a fool's paradise.

    They will find this out in 2016, if not this year.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
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