Immigration reform all but dead for 2013 and 2014

Shocked by their poor showing in the 2012 presidential election, Republicans looked for ways to change their brand. The first idea: Embrace immigration reform. A slew of Republican lawmakers and influential conservative intellectuals came out in favor of granting citizenship to illegal immigrants. Even Sean Hannity said that he had “evolved” on the issue. The once unthinkable—Republicans supporting amnesty en masse—became a political reality.

Efforts to reform the system began in the U.S. Senate. Republican Sens. Jeff Flake, John McCain, Marco Rubio, and Lindsey Graham worked with four Democratic Senators to draft immigration legislation. Ultimately, the 844 page bill could be summarized thusly:

The Gang of Eight bill would essentially revamp every corner of U.S. immigration law, establishing a 13-year pathway to citizenship for millions of undocumented immigrants, with several security benchmarks that have to be met before they can obtain a green card. The measure would not only increases security along the border, but requires a mandatory workplace verification system for employers, trying to ensure no jobs are given to immigrants who are not authorized to work in the United States.

It also includes a new visa program for lesser-skilled workers – the product of negotiations between the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and labor unions. And it shifts the country’s immigration policies away from a family-based system to one that is focused on more on work skills.

It passed the Senate in June 68-32, with 14 Republicans going every Democrat in supporting the bill. The compromise was such an accomplishment that the New Yorker even wrote a long piece describing how it came about. Then all eyes turned to the Republican-controlled House.

Most, if not all, Democrats have supported immigration reform that includes pathway to citizenship provisions. House Republicans also showed a relatively strong amount of support for reform. Last month, CalWatchdog wrote about some California Republicans moving to the left on immigration reform, despite the small likelihood of any legislative action actually occurring:

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.

Now it appears as though reform is all but certain to fail this year:

House Speaker John Boehner signaled Wednesday that comprehensive US immigration reform was dead this year, saying the existing Senate measure offering a pathway to citizenship would not get a vote.

And although it’s dead for 2013, advocates say that they will continue to pester Republican lawmakers in the House until they take up some form of immigration reform legislation. But those hoping for reform next year shouldn’t hold their breath.

Consider the Republican Party’s bargaining position. If problems with Obamacare continue, then it will almost certainly result in losses for Democrats in the House and Senate. Vulnerable red-state Democrats in the Senate—swept into office during Obama’s wave election of 2008—are particularly vulnerable because of their previous support for the law. Why would Republicans take up immigration reform—a politically fraught issue to begin with—when they can simple move on the legislation in 2015, when they have more politically sound ground to negotiate from.

Immigration reform in 2013? Not happening. In 2014? Doubtful. In 2015? It might just go down. Keep your eyes on the midterm results.


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  1. LetitCollapse
    LetitCollapse 19 November, 2013, 14:03

    The immigration reform propoganda has made the ObamaCare propoganda look like child’s play.

    One of the former champions of the propoganda game, Paul ‘Joseph’ Goebbels, once said “If you repeat a lie often enough, people will believe it, and you will even come to believe it yourself.”

    Eventually the lies wear the people down and they submit to the lies. That’s the human condition. Go read world history. Do you really think we are superior to the Greeks, the Romans, the Germans or the Russians? This society is even more vulnerable to submitting to lies than they were throughout history. Didn’t you see that with the Iraq invasion? The economic meltdown and it’s aftermath? And now with ObamaCare? Do you think we are smarter than the rest of mankind?

    And lies are not just the blatant lies that they openly tell you. Often lies are in the form of deliberate omissions to conceal the truth from you so that consequences of the lies aren’t known until it’s too late (ObamaCare, anyone?) If you don’t think you were lied to go watch the replay video of the Face The Nation interview of Senator Gillibrand (D-NY). She said her fellow democrats were fully aware that the “You can keep your healthcare plan – PERIOD” was untrue but played along to get your vote in 2010 so that they could enact ACA. Go watch it if you question me.

    And now we have immigration. 30% of our Ca jail beds are occupied by illegals. Go drive through the bad sides of Sacramento, San Francisco, East Los Angeles, Santa Ana or East San Diego. Go look at the actual consequences of illegal immigration. Talk to someone in LE or the court system about the effects of illegal immigration. Go talk to an ER admitting clerk or nurse in a California hospital about the effects of illegal immigration. Go talk to a neighbor who used to work in the construction industry to feed and house his family only to get replaced by illegal labor. Go talk to an honest public school teacher about the effects of illegal immigration.

    You see, this information will not be offered to you voluntarily. You have to go seek it out. You must do your own research. If you just believe what the news and the politicians tell you, you will get bamboozled with immigration reform just as you did with ObamaCare.

    Now that we are have arrived at the tipping point as a result of the silent invasion, the republicans are caving one by one due to payoffs from big business to suppress wages and political pressure. The invasion has succeeded. And the burner heating the pot of water on the stove just got turned up another notch. The frogs inside are growing weary and are starting to submit.

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  2. Ulysses Uhaul.
    Ulysses Uhaul. 19 November, 2013, 14:30

    My goodness let it go….your head could explode from contnious dank tomes.

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    • LetitCollapse
      LetitCollapse 19 November, 2013, 17:07

      Is there anything specifically in my comment that you take issue with, Ulysses? If so, comment. Let’s discuss. If you make sense it could change my opinion. But when you only comment on the “contnious dank tomes” it leaves me with the impression that you agree with my take and are just overwhelmed with the reality of it. If so, sorry to interfere with your complacency.

      Would it make you more comfortable if I lied to you like Obama does?

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  3. LetitCollapse
    LetitCollapse 19 November, 2013, 15:29

    Correction: Senator Gillibrand (D-NY) was on This Week, not Face the Nation as indicated in my last comment. The replay is available for your viewing.

    The host asked Gillibrand “So were you mislead?”, referring to the Obama promise that Americans could keep their current health care plan (Period!) with Obamacare.

    Answer: “He should’ve just been more specific. NO, WE ALL KNEW.”

    So they KNEW but failed to tell YOU and failed to expose the lie.

    If they protected lies about ObamaCare – why wouldn’t they protect lies about immigration reform and it’s consequences, only for the lies to become apparent to YOU after the barn door gets opened and all the horses escape?

    Colleges used to teach critical thinking skills. What happened?

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  4. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 20 November, 2013, 01:38

    Collapse… one reads newspapers or dank, long boring tomes….tedium…gag!

    Ask Poodle for advice…..his nonsense is not super sized.

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    • LetitCollapse
      LetitCollapse 20 November, 2013, 12:03

      How exactly do you know that they’re “long boring tomes” unless you happen to read them?



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