Some CA Republicans move Left on immigration

Some CA Republicans move Left on immigration

immigration reform, David Fitzimmons,cagle, Oct. 30, 2013While several California Republican congressmen have reiterated previous support for comprehensive immigration reform in recent days, it is still unlikely that the House will take up a bill on the matter anytime this year.

A few days ago, Rep. Jeff Denham of Modesto became the first Republican to embrace the House Democratic plan for immigration reform. Denham’s office released a statement explaining why he decided to co-sponsor HR 15:

“I support an earned path to citizenship to allow those who want to become citizens to demonstrate a commitment to our country, learn English, pay fines and back taxes and pass background checks. This is a common-sense solution to our broken system. I also support a faster pathway for the children who were brought here by their parents through no fault of their own, who have been raised in America and educated in our schools and have no other country to call home.”

Democrats immediately touted Denham’s endorsement as proof that the tides were turning in favor of comprehensive immigration reform being passed in the House sometime this year. Immigration reform advocates also described the move as “important,” “remarkable” and “courageous.”

Denham has also worked with Rep. David Valadao of Hanford to push more Republicans to support the type of immigration reform backed by Democrats, even appearing with outspoken liberal Democratic Rep. Luis Gutiérrez of Illinois to sell the plan.

It is very possible that Denham and Valadao support immigration reform purely on its merits, as many pro-growth organizations, and the business community, have long argued that reform is critical to developing the U.S. economy. But as CalWatchdog recently explained, Denham and Valadao’s political survival is also tied to their support for immigration reform.

Issa’s plan

Rep. Darrell Issa of Vista, one of the most high profile California Republicans, stopped short of embracing the House Democrats’ plan. However, the Oversight Committee Chair has plans to introduce his own version of reform, according to POLITICO.

Issa’s bill would provide legal status for illegal immigrants for six years and would allow those immigrants to travel freely between their home country and the U.S. in that time span. Issa said the plan would allow the government to do a better job accounting for exactly how many people were in the country illegally.

From the POLITICO piece:

“It’s halfway — and it always has been — halfway between full amnesty and simply rejecting people,” Issa told POLITICO on Wednesday. “I think if we’re going to break this logjam that’s occurred for my whole 13 years I’ve been in Congress, we have to find middle ground.”…

Issa’s forthcoming legislation takes elements from similar legislation he introduced in December 2003, the Alien Accountability Act. The six-year period is intended to whittle down the undocumented immigrant population into several categories, such as immigrants with family ties to U.S. citizens or immigrants who want to participate in a guest-worker program.

Although Issa, Valadao and Denham all would like to see some form of immigration reform happen soon, it’s unlikely to occur this year. House leadership has indicated that their focus will be on passing fiscal reforms over immigration, and the recent government shutdown left many Republicans unenthusiastic about compromising with their Democratic colleagues.


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  1. Let It Collapse
    Let It Collapse 30 October, 2013, 13:15

    More evidence that the republicans are a bunch of sell-outs who are stabbing their supporters in the back. Issa also recently voted to raise the debt-ceiling and approve the federal budget. Some fiscal conservative he is. And now he’s proving to be a social progressive too. At the same time Issa pretends to be a ‘watchdog’ over Obama and the democrats. What a total phony!

    The democrats stick together like glue. The dems in the House voted unanimously to raise the debt ceiling and approve the budget. 81 traitor republicans broke ranks and held hands with the dems giving them exactly what they wanted. Eventually the same will happen with amnesty. The republican traitors will fold and rewards 11-30M criminal lawbreakers who stole jobs from the American underclass and, in many cases, committed identity theft to do it.

    Btw, Adam. It’s not just the federal republicans who are selling out. 15 so-called social and fiscal conservative STATE republicans signed a letter sent to the federal house congressional delegation to bring the immigration reform to the House floor for a vote. The Hassert Rule (requires more than 50% of House republicans to approve a bill before it’s called for a vote)has been honored for years. Now these State republicans want the House republicans to violate that rule. And everyone knows that if a vote on an immigration bill passes in the House that it will be ‘conferenced’ with the Senate amnesty bill – which will legalize 11-30M illegals. These State republicans are flat-out traitors and you should call them out too!

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  2. Dyspeptic
    Dyspeptic 30 October, 2013, 18:28

    The so called leadership of the Republican Party wants amnesty and open borders at all cost. Their crony capitalist big business masters have given them their marching orders. The funny thing about this is that it will only accelerate the demise of The Dead Elephant Party.

    That’s fine with me. They no longer serve any purpose other than managing the inevitable decline into Euro-style democratic socialism, bankruptcy and the all seeing eye of a national security police state. Maybe after Team Red is swept into the dustbin of history people will finally understand that they never really had a choice at all.

    Let the Retardpublican elites commit political suicide like the Whigs who gave birth to them in the 1850’s. Without their incessant warmongering perhaps we will at least enjoy a more peaceful slide into tyranny and squalor.

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  3. Rex the Wonderdog!
    Rex the Wonderdog! 31 October, 2013, 00:09

    More evidence that the republicans are a bunch of sell-outs who are stabbing their supporters in the back
    Like the dems are not sell outs??? Please, the only people who benefit form dems are public employees, they threw the poor and middle class under the bus for the,

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