Skip to comments.Can a Dusty Legislative Gambit Revive Immigration Reform?
Posted on 08/19/2013 9:11:39 AM PDT by cotton1706
Immigration reform is dying. The majority of voters want it. A broad bipartisan coalition pushed hard to enact it. The timing seemed propitious after the 2012 election. But all the economic arguments, policy papers and polling data marshaled by supporters cannot convince the Republicans who control the House. The best shot in a generation at rewriting U.S. immigration law looks destined to die with a whimper.
And yet there may still be a way to resuscitate reform efforts and force a vote on a path to citizenship. It involves a rarely used parliamentary tactic known as a discharge petition.
The legislative practice enables a simple majority of the House to force a vote on a bill, discharging the relevant committee from its responsibility to report it and circumventing the power of leadership, which controls the floor. Discharge petitions are rare. The tactic was successfully employed just 26 times between 1931 and 2002, when it was most recently leveraged to win a vote on the McCain-Feingold campaign-finance-reform bill. But a cadre of progressive activists, including powerful labor groups like the AFL-CIO and the pro-reform organization Americas Voice, have zeroed in on it as perhaps the best way to sidestep Speaker John Boehners insistence that any immigration bill brought to the floor have the support of a majority of the GOP conference.
(MORE: Exclusive: RNC Ups Immigration-Reform Pressure on Congressional GOP but Rejects Path to Citizenship)
Certainly if the House fails to pass a bill with a path to citizenship and strong worker protections, then the discharge petition has to be an option for us to pursue, says Tom Snyder, manager of the AFL-CIO citizenship campaign.
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Still, seeing the first line "Immigration Reform is dying" was worth posting.
The author writes: “The majority of voters want it.”
That is an intentionally misleading statement. They majority of voters may want “reform,” but not they type the author is advocating. The majority of voters want the border sealed and the illegals deported.
The author implies that a majority of voters support some form of amnesty. That is a lie.
LOL...glad I read the thread first on that comment, otherwise I will be in a long line of posts saying “Who says?”
Man, those statements really get my dander up!
Immigration reform is dying. The majority of voters want it
Well yes. But you do not mean reform. You mean Amnesty.
The majority of Americans are against that. Yes we want reform. We want our laws followed. We want criminals deported. We want people to enter or country legally and follow the path to citizenship that millions before them have followed. NO AMNESTY.............
Its the old political trick that is played all the time.
The leaders fix it with the members to vote NO when they would vote YES but can’t because of the people back home.
My congressman says the people of his district don’t support anything that ‘smacks of amnesty’ but then he turns around and has Boehner speak at a fundrsaiser calling him the leader “of a team” that he is part of.
THESE KIND OF BUSINESS AS USUAL POLITICIANS NEED REPLACEMENT.......
‘The majority of voters want it.”
Want what, exactly? Do a poll with the question, “Should Congress build a fence and secure the border first, then look at further immigration reform in a few years once that is done?” and you would get huge majority agreeing.
The majority of voters want the illegals to go home, and for the southern border to be shut. That has been the expression of the majority of the voting public every time the question has been polled.
"Immigration reform", as touted by liberals and turncoat Republicans, is AMNESTY in plain English, and is NOT what the American people want at all.
The sheer fact that this article has made it to the press ought to be the wake-up call that has Boehner calling all Republicans into the caucus room and threatening them with political death should they even think about being part of this. This is, as all democratic legislation is, an attempt to subvert the wishes of the majority and to push their agenda. It is more than undemocratic, I submit it is treasonous to push legislation in ways that are detrimental to the long-term well-being of our country. I guess we’re just supposed to file this one under another “usurpation” and smile while getting reamed.
“the wake-up call that has Boehner calling all Republicans into the caucus room and threatening them with political death should they even think about being part of this. This is, as all democratic legislation is, an attempt to subvert the wishes of the majority”
I hope you’re not under the impression that Boehner would like to stop a discharge petition. Boehner and Cantor and company WANT an immigration reform bill and planning probably as we speak to thread that needle to get it passed. A discharge petition is the best of both worlds. The legislation so they can get to conference while the leadership pretend to be against it.
But a discharge petition canned be brought unless the senate bill is sent to the House, and it as yet, has not been because it contains taxes. And the Senate bill can be rejected outright as unconsitutional with a blue slip.
These people are coming up with all kinds of plans to get this thing passed yet not be held responsible for it. The people are keeping a close eye on their legislators.
That's the ONLY immigration reform I want.