Spotlight: When the immigration debate turns farcical
When the immigration debate turns farcical
As the debate over immigration reform has unfolded, Republicans have made a series of demands – increased enforcement, bipartisan talks, piecemeal legislating, etc. – all of which Democrats have accepted. Yesterday, however, some GOP officials came up with new conditions that took the process to silly depths.
To be sure, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) seemed to throw the ultimate curveball last week, saying immigration reform cannot pass so long as Republicans distrust President Obama to follow federal law. But Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) dealt with this, too, suggesting a delay in implementing the law until 2017 – when there will be a new president in the Oval Office.
…Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio, an influential voice in conservative policy circles, raised a different problem with the Schumer proposal to msnbc: The party’s concerns might not end with Obama.“I don’t think that’s going to happen in our conference,” he said. “It’s not just that there’s a strong distrust of the president’s ability to function in good faith on this issue in light of what happened, but we don’t know who’s going to be president in 2017.”
“I understand why a lot of folks are concerned and it’s strictly on the border enforcement and interior enforcement, but we should be passing legislation based on what’s right for the country not who the current actors are, who’s in office,” [Salmon] said.His suggestion: Obama should request a border security bill alone from Congress, implement it this year, then come back and ask for reform.
>by: Benjy Sarlin—Updated 02/11/14 04:51 PM | MSNBC |
According to FIRM (Fair Immigration Reform Movement), an umbrella group for a variety of pro-reform organizations, the new tactics signal a move into the “electoral punishment” phase of the debate.
“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.
The groups behind the new “punishment” plan however, say they will not limit their actions to House members who oppose passing reform this year.
“No Republican is safe,” Matos said. “We are delivering a very clear message to the Republican party at large and that’s that they better move on reform and they better move on it now.”
Immigration activists also plan to continue pressuring the White House to suspend deportations for many undocumented immigrants who would be legalized under reform, a demand Obama has repeatedly resisted. But the new campaign makes clear that, despite Republicans’ best efforts to pin the blame for reform’s struggles on the White House, activists will hold the GOP accountable if things get off track.
A key Democratic senator proposed to delay implementation of a proposed new law until after President Barack Obama leaves office. The suggestion floated by Sen. Charles Schumer, D- N.Y., was an attempt to mollify Republican concerns about Obama not enforcing the law.“Let’s enact the law this year, but simply not let it actually start ‘til 2017 after President Obama’s term is over,” he said on NBC’s Meet the Press.
[Sen. Charles (Chuck)] Schumer has a point. Indeed, as Jonathan Cohn noted, immigration reform advocates were generally receptive to Schumer’s idea, in part because “they know federal agencies would need at least a year, and probably more time than that, to write the relevant regulations anyway.”
Excuses, excuses, blame Obama and excuses…that’s all the right-wing got [sic]! The right-wing needs to come-up with excuses to say “Yes” or they will pay in the elections moving forward that’s if they care to win a major election. You can’t win alienating women, the young, LGBT groups and minorities and expect to win; it can’t be done – legally. The Republicans have been given a survival kit on numerous occasions, but they fail to use it and autopsies are performed on the dead!
Hey, Republicans, remember when you voted against bills that would help Veterans, Elderly, Women, Minorities, Gays, and Immigrants? These groups will remember your unprecedented obstruction and they’re coming for you!