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Immigration Reform Advocates Have Had Enough With GOP Obstruction. By Roger Algase

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According to a February 10 POLITICO article by Anna Palmer and Seung Min Kim, some immigration reform advocacy groups have finally had enough with the obstruction tactics and phony excuses that House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and his fellow Republican leaders have been using to kill reform ever since the Senate's CIR bill, S.744, was passed last June.

In their article, Immigration groups turn to anger, Palmer and Kim write:

"Immigration reform advocates are done playing nice with House Republicans.

After holding their fire for years at the urging of the Obama administration, several immigration reform groups now plan to unleash their anger at the right."

The POLITICO article continues by quoting Kica Matos, a spokeswoman for the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (not to be confused with FAIR, the anti-immigrant group known as Federation for Immigration Reform), as follows, referring to last week's announcement by Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) that there will be no action on immigration reform this year:

"Obviously, persuasion only got us so far...What we are doing now is to switch tactics from persuasion to punishment."

It is about time.


Roger Algase is a New York attorney and a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School. For more than 30 years, through 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 with their H-1B, O-1, extraordinary ability and labor certification work visas and green cards, as well as marriage-based and other types of immigration applications. His email address is

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Updated 02-12-2014 at 05:40 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs

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  1. Jack2's Avatar
    ?From now on, any lawmaker who does not support comprehensive immigration reform should expect relentless and constant confrontations that will escalate until they agree to support immigration reform,? Kica Matos, spokeswoman for the Fair Immigration Reform Movement, told reporters in a conference call on Tuesday.

    Frank Sharry has hit a new low if he is associating with this. That is the kind of talk that a fanatic could interpret as incitement to violence.

    Earth to the rabble-rousers:

    In the latest Washington Post-ABC poll, "65 percent of Republicans said that undocumented workers should not be given a way to live and work legally in America. Asked how a candidate's support for a path to citizenship for undocumented workers might effect their vote, 45 percent of Republicans said it would make them less likely to vote for that candidate while just 17 percent said it would make them more likely to support the candidate."

    Q: If a candidate for U.S. Congress supports a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants in the U.S., would that make you more likely to (vote for), (vote against) that candidate or wouldn't it make much difference in your vote?

    Among registered voters, i.e., including Democrats and Republicans:

    More likely to vote for



    More likely to vote against


    That's 50% more on the "vote against" side.


    ?You thought the Super Bowl was a blow out?? Luis Gutierrez said. ?Wait until November 2016 if immigration reform is still hanging out there.?

    Another way of looking at is, wait and see how many Republicans stay home if CIR is NOT still hanging out there and is already law. And given the overwhelming opposition amongst Republicans, good luck getting out of your primary if you voted for it.
  2. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    How quickly the Republicans have forgotten the lesson of the 2012 election. If these polls are right, the GOP's days as a national party are numbered.

    If the Republicans cannot adjust to a more diverse, multi-racial America, but try to survive as a party of older, more affluent, bigoted white men only, their candidates would do well to study up on the history of the Whigs.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
  3. Jack2's Avatar
    If these polls are right, then a politician (on average) loses more votes than he gains by supporting CIR.

    The premise that we hear about is if a presidential candidate were to support mass legalization, he would increase his chances of victory in a general election by picking up Latino votes. What we hear less about is that however many votes that is might be offset (and then some) by turning off voters who otherwise would have voted for him, as the WaPo-ABC poll indicates. This assumes that a pro-CIR Republican can even get the nomination of his party. On the question of intensity, this poll consistently indicates that there appear to be more single issue anti-mass legalization voters than pro. Thus, it might be that an anti-mass legalization Democrat would pick up more votes than he would lose with that position. Of course, based on unanimous Democratic votes for S. 744, pro-rule of law Democrats might be extinct.
  4. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    Jack2, the Democrats will become extinct when the demographic of young Latino-American and Asian-American men and women stops growing at a faster rate than the demographic of older white men.

    Don't look for that to happen any time soon. America is changing, and unless the GOP changes with it, it will become irrelevant as a national party before too long.

    This does not mean that the Republicans will disappear entirely. They may continue to control Mississippi, Alabama, Idaho and Utah for quite a few years to come.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Updated 02-13-2014 at 12:14 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  5. immigrationlawyerla's Avatar
    Interesting discussion. I have came across or informative video, here is the link : hope it will give some help to others.
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