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Chris Musillo on Nurse and Allied Health Immigration

COULD REP. CANTORíS LOSS HELP IMMIGRATION REFORM?

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by Chris Musillo

Well, in spite of my headline the answer is probably not, but there is some hope.

Rep. Cantor (R-VA) was the second-in-command in the Republican-majority House of Representatives. It is generally believed that any material Immigration Reform measure must be driven by the House Republicans. Rep. Cantor was generally known to be a pro-business Republican, who was helping push for immigration reform behind-the-scenes, or at least that is what his primary opponent, Dave Brat, led central Virginians to believe. Mr. Brat’s shocking primary upset on Tuesday seems to mean that immigration reform is dead for 2014.

So could Rep. Cantor’s loss actually help?

It seems unlikely but it may not be as bad as it seem today. For one, other immigration-friendly southern Republicans, such as Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-SC), coasted to primary victories. Second, and the reason for my provocative headline, is Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA). Rep. McCarthy is the next-in-line for Rep. Cantor’s No. 2 position within the House Republican leadership. As this article in the Irish Central points out, Rep. Cantor “represents a central California district where pro-immigrant issues, immigrant issues, such as the need for immigrant labor among the huge farming concerns, are critical. His district is 35 percent Latino and he is on record as favoring a version of immigration reform.”

Yet again leadership on the issue turns back to the Majority Leader Rep. John Boehner (R-OH). Rep. Boehner has straddled the line between the pro and anti-immigration wings of his party, a line that seems aimless. If he can articulate a strategy immigration reform might have a chance. For now, all we have is glimmers of hope.

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Updated 06-12-2014 at 08:32 AM by CMusillo

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  1. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    It is always nice to keep a positive outlook on immigration-related events, but a setback is a setback (even accounting for the inevitable media hype about Cantor's defeat), and at a certain point, reality has to set in among immigration reform supporters or we will never have reform.

    Certainly, Cantor was no friend of immigration reform, but he was defeated by someone whose views on immigration were even worse, and his loss is bound to convince many House Republicans, especially those from the worst gerrymandered all-white districts, that they were absolutely right to be scared to death about supporting any kind of immigration reform or even to mention the word.

    In my humble opinion, the notion that any kind of immigration deal is possible this summer before the election is delusional at best and hypocritical at worst.

    If the president has any good faith or wisdom at all on this issue, he should act accordingly - now, not later.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
  2. Larry's Avatar
    Immigration reformers have a choice: Short term relief or long-term hope. Short term is Obama using more executive actions and allowing the flood of border crossers to scare away middle America. If the next president is conservative, say good-bye to all the dreamers and more. Long term is Obama takes a hard line on enforcement and firms up support among middle America that the government can be trusted to enforce the law.
  3. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    If one replaces "long term hope" with "long term self delusion" in Larry's comment's first sentence, that would describe my opinion in a nutshell.

    Even if Obama were able to deport all 11 or 12 million unauthorized immigrants tomorrow, the Republicans and other immigrant haters would still say that he can't be "trusted" to enforce the immigration laws because he didn't throw anyone to the alligators first.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
  4. CMusillo's Avatar
    No matter where anyone is on the immigration spectrum, it's not accurate to say that Pres. Obama has not been tough on immigration enforcement. http://www.vox.com/2014/4/9/5575006/...ed-under-obama
  5. Jack2's Avatar
    "When individuals pose no threat to public safety, they should not be separated from their families and forced to leave the country they call home."

    What about after mass legalization? The position seems to be that any unlawfully present alien with a relative also in the country should be immune from immigration law. Seriously? What about the law? It has no such exempt category.
  6. Jack2's Avatar
    "who pose no risk to the public’s safety"

    Is their position really that anyone who is not a risk to public safety should be able to violate immigration law with impunity? Not only is that not the law, but it amounts to an unlimited immigration policy.
  7. Jack2's Avatar
    "it's not accurate to say that Pres. Obama has not been tough on immigration enforcement."

    Perhaps near the border. In the interior...

    "If you are a run-of-the-mill immigrant here illegally, your odds of getting deported are close to zero — it's just highly unlikely to happen," said John Sandweg, recent acting director of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
  8. CMusillo's Avatar
    Jack - Pres. Obama has deported more people in 6 years than Pres. Bush did in 8 years. All over the country. See the non-partisan Politfact. Please use facts to discuss not nonsense.

    Measured by the monthly frequency of deportation, Obama’s numbers are significantly higher than Bush’s were, even as the estimated population of illegal immigrants was falling.

    http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2012/aug/10/american-principles-action/has-barack-obama-deported-more-people-any-other-pr/



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