Immigration reform in 2014? Not so fast

Immigration reform in 2014? Not so fast

immigration reform, David Fitzimmons,cagle, Oct. 30, 2013One of the most poignant, and frequently discussed, political narratives to come out of Washington in the last year has been the relationship between House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, on the one hand; and on the other hand the conservative wing of the Republican Party and outside conservative groups groups such as Heritage Action and the Club for Growth. Generally, Boehner has gone along with plans brought about by conservatives (such as attempting to use the government shutdown as a bargaining chip to defund or delay Obamacare).

Then conservative groups attacked the bipartisan budget agreement between Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., which the full Congress just passed. It cuts benefits for veterans and raises fees related to air travel. And Boehner lost his patience with the more conservative wing.

Boehner lashed out at the groups over the course of two days. Boehner said he thought outside conservative groups “have lost all credibility” and that he does not care what they do.

He later explained his outburst against the groups, saying, “Yesterday, when the criticism was coming, frankly I thought it was my job and my obligation to stand up for conservatives here in the Congress who want more deficit reduction, to stand up for the work that Chairman Ryan did.”

Boehner’s outburst wasn’t impotent. Despite opposition from outside conservative groups, the two-year budget deal passed the House 332 to 94. A majority of the Republican conference voted yes. It was a significant test of Boehner’s resolve against the more ideologically pure elements of his party. But the bet paid off.


No political win, however, exists in a vacuum.  Liberal activists — and even conservative moderates — immediately begin to suggest that Boehner’s move against the conservative elements of his party was the preface to Boehner reasserting establishment control over the legislative agenda.  Many have predicted that Boehner’s move was a signal that he was now willing to move immigration reform.

A California-based immigration reform activist, who spoke to on the condition of anonymity to be more candid, said that Boehner’s recent behavior was “heart-warming” and seemed “honest.”

The activist, who has been involved in lobbying California Congressmen to push for reform, added, “It makes you think, ‘OK, maybe [Boehner will] play ball.’”

But he cautioned that, while activists are optimistic, they’re not blindly so. He expects that major immigration reform won’t be able to pass until 2015, at the earliest. It’s difficult to pass major legislation in an election year, he explained, and it makes more strategic sense (from the Republican point of view) to wait.

Republicans, who are at a politically advantageous position because of the trouble associated with the rollout of Obamacare, reasonably expect to pick up seats in the midterms. They could feasibly control the Senate — though that will be no easy task — by January 2015. So why would they pass immigration reform when they’re almost certain to pick up seats and enter a stronger bargaining position? The answer is simple: They wouldn’t.

So, yes, Speaker Boehner has changed his tune. But that doesn’t mean he’ll change his strategy just yet.


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  1. LetitCollapse
    LetitCollapse 20 December, 2013, 11:10

    Once the Republican electeds toss in the towel and approve ‘amnesty’ (turning illegal foreigners into legal residents)whatever legitimacy the GOP has left will be gone forever. It is the complete opposite of what the Republican Party was created to represent. That is… adherence to rule of law, justice, and protecting US citizens from foreign invasions. We have 20 million citizens who can’t find a full-time job to save their lives and the GOP is toying with the idea of saturating the job market with more indigent foreign labor who live 12 to a household and work for peanuts to undercut what it takes a normal citizen to earn a NORMAL living. These dirty politicians are creating a huge poverty class that is destroying our culture and our traditional way of life as Americans.

    John Boehner needs to get tossed overboard by the House republicans forthwith. He has consistently given the democrats all that they’ve wanted, plus more, even when the House is overwhelmingly in the republican majority. He’s literally thrown young people and future generations under the bus by raising debt ceilings, approving bogus budgets that add to our massive national debt loads, creating Super Committees that FAIL, restoring $63B in sequester cuts, only to promise miniscule future cuts over a 10 year period that will ALSO get wiped out by future congresses. Boehner is a CON ARTIST just like Obama. BOTH are cut from exactly the SAME cloth, despite the distinctive D and R after their names. BOTH wear different colored jerseys but play on the same team whose mission is the make BIGGER government, transfer more of YOUR wealth to the rich, erode the middle class, build a BIGGER poverty class and continue to confiscate your freedoms. PERIOD!

    The California legislature has taken the lead by making LAWS that give driver’s licenses to illegal foreigners and by DEFYING federal law by REFUSING to cooperate with ICE and turning over jailed illegals for deportation unless they’ve committed serious VIOLENT FELONIES! All the illegals who committed misdemeanors or non-violent felonies get released back into YOUR neighborhoods!!! lol. How do you like them apples, folks? IS THAT THE AMERICA THAT YOU WANT TO LIVE IN???

    We saw what happened to Arizona and SB1070 when it defied Federal law, didn’t we? Did you see the Feds and the US media jump all over Arizona for daring to make it’s own immigration laws? lol. And now that California is doing the very same thing – but from the opposite perspective – do you see the media questioning this or the Feds threatening to sue California??? lol.
    Of course you don’t.


    Wake up, folks. Regardless of what side of the aisle you’re on when it comes to immigration – the BASIC FUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLES that used to guide this great nation of ours and make us Americans – are being obliterated and your children are being thrown under the bus. Your kids are going to live in a cess pool similar to a 3rd world banana republic unless you do something to stop it!!!

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  2. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 20 December, 2013, 18:55

    whew….Wore out… can a Doomer be anything but be depressed!

    This post makes the novel “Crime and Punishment” a fairy tale classic!

    Pass the tortas and chimichangas please!

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  3. eck
    eck 20 December, 2013, 19:35

    Hey we’ve had an amnesty every decade or so (approximately). So what’s another?(sarc) This will continue forever until the “open borders” folks prevail. Let’s hope that will never happen and continue to fight for sensible and enforced immigration control. Our culture (“the American Way”) is at stake here – it’s serious.

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    • LetitCollapse
      LetitCollapse 20 December, 2013, 21:15

      Traditionally Americans have learned the truth by reading and watching the news, eck. That’s the way the nation is made aware of what goes on around us. But the mainstream journalists won’t report the truth about illegal immigration. They work hand in hand with government and sugar coat it without disclosing the very dark side that is doing so much damage to our country. Perhaps once the amnestied illegals start undercutting wages in the journalism industry and start replacing mainstream reporters we’ll finally get some truth. lol. But based on the content I’ve come across in the big print media publications even if the illegals moved in and captured the journalism industry like they’ve taken over the construction industry, I don’t think we’d lose very much quality in our daily news reports.

      Most of these big print media publications blame internet for their dwindling subscriptions and financial problems. I keep telling them that people are willing to pay for good news reporting. Truthful news reporting. Transparent news reporting. Unbiased news reporting. Solid investigative news reporting. But people are unwilling to pay for a bunch of lies, half-truths, distortions and omissions. I was raised to support my local newspaper. It was drilled into me. But I refuse to pay an organization to pull the wool over my eyes, promote a certain political ideology or to attempt to make me believe something that isn’t true. That’s the reason I cancelled my subscription. Internet had nothing to do with it!

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  4. LetitCollapse
    LetitCollapse 21 December, 2013, 12:58

    Let me give you an example of how our system is so totally screwed up.

    The new Ca driver’s license law for illegals FORBIDS Ca business owners and employers from discriminating against job applicants who identify themselves with the driver’s license that has the designator showing the holder to be an ILLEGAL FOREIGNER!!! Don’t believe me??? Read the law for yourself.

    Now think about the ramifications of this and the dilemma it puts the employer in.

    If the employer follows State law and does not discriminate against the illegal foreigner job applicant with the CaDL – and hires him – he is in blatant violation of Federal and State labor laws. He becomes a criminal. lol.

    OTOH, if the employer looks at the DL and sees the applicant is illegally in the county and tells the illegal to get out of his business because he does not hire illegal foreigners – by State law – the illegal can sue the business owner for job discrimination and report him to the authorities for violating state law. lol.

    So either way the business owner turns – he’s totally screwed.

    And does the media point this out??? Nope! Do any of the republican elected officials point this out to argue against this new insane and contradictory law? Nope! Does Obama sue California for violating Federal law like he sued Arizona, re: SB 1070? Does the media demand an explanation why California is allowed to violate Federal immigration law, yet Arizona got blasted for it? Nope.

    There is supposed to be orderly and consistent rules when it comes to running State and Federal governments. Laws are supposed to be applied evenly across the board in civilized societies. There is only one conclusion you could draw from my example above. The fabric of civilization in America is being unraveled. Contradictory laws that turn our citizens into criminals whichever way they choose to behave are being enacted at the highest levels of government and are going unquestioned by our leaders and our media.

    Putin was absolutely correct in his OpEd to the NY Times. We have turned into a lawless society.

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  5. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 21 December, 2013, 15:43

    It looks like Collapse has a problem with immigration…..

    Get over it…..your the minority now…..sign up for food stamps and stop complaining….

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  6. Ted Steele, CEO
    Ted Steele, CEO 22 December, 2013, 07:53

    No imigration reform for the house, the conservative’s war on women, etc etc etc…….continues to assure Democrat wins…..

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  7. Uly
    Uly 23 December, 2013, 09:57


    Collapse is the newbie pumping out the New World Order mantra on CWD. So unfortunate….pity…..shocking how the poor and the defenseless are so maligned by exploitive globalists..

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