Skip to comments.Here’s how Republicans may try to kill immigration reform
Posted on 08/21/2013 7:30:26 AM PDT by cotton1706
As Ive been arguing, the August recess has brought a bit good news on immigration: weve seen at least a few House Republicans trying to sincerely grapple with the issue and move towards comprehensive reform.
Now for the bad news: GOP Rep. Robert Goodlatte who wields influence over immigration as Judiciary Committee chair has now shown us what it will look like if House Republicans decide to kill reform, while trying to evade blame for it.
Goodlatte is being closely watched by both sides. Some have noted Goodlattes willingness to entertain a path to citizenship (without any special pathway), while others believe Goodlatte is more likely to end up sticking a knife in comprehensive reforms back while talking a nice game about doing something for the DREAMers even as he winks at the right.
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The bills that House Republicans do support may go nowhere, Goodlatte, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, told constituents and immigration activists gathered in a large public meeting room.
Will the Senate agree to them? I dont know, Goodlatte said. But I dont think Republicans in the House should back away from setting forth the right way to do things.
Even if it doesnt go all the way through to be signed by this president because I have a hard time, like you do, envisioning him signing some of those things it doesnt mean we shouldnt at least show the American people that we are interested in solving this very serious problem that we have in our country, he added later.
This is a bit vague, but heres one way to read this: As long as House Republicans pass a few immigration reform solutions of their own, they will have demonstrated to the American people that they want to solve the immigration problem, and it wont matter whether their efforts facilitate a compromise with Obama and Democrats.
The notion that Republicans will be able to avoid blame for killing immigration reform seems daft on its face, since even Republicans say the willingness to discuss reform is more about repairing relations with Latinos than doing something the American people overall want. Leading Hispanic media figures have said Latinos will blame Republicans for the death of reform, and polls have confirmed the same.
Indeed, immigration reform advocates are pouncing on Goodlattes comments. Frank Sharry, the head of Americas Voice, emails his reading of them:
Despite the fact that a majority of the public and a bipartisan majority of House members back reform with a path to citizenship, Rep. Goodlatte seems to accept that the House will get to no. Why would he desire such an outcome? Because he hates the bipartisan Senate bill, doesnt want to get into a negotiation with the Senate which could lead to a comprehensive approach he opposes and he wants to position the Republicans to be competitive in the blame game that would follow reforms demise. If were right, he wants to pretend to want to get reform done, he wants to get a majority of House Republicans to agree with his bills, and then, when Democrats say its not good enough, try to blame them for blocking reform as if the GOP is ever going to win a blame game on immigration reform.
Ultimately, the fate of immigration reform rests in the hands of John Boehner and the GOP leadership. But Goodlatte will play an important role in influencing the debate inside the GOP caucus. Right now, some advocates think GOP leaders particularly Paul Ryan and even Boehner to some degree want to find a way to get to comprehensive reform. But others think they are merely making nice noises designed to bide their time, giving themselves cover to let reform die later while doing whatever they can to minimize the blame for it amid a bout of finger-pointing by both sides. Goodlattes comments show us what the latter approach could end up looking like.
Bump to Rep. Robert Goodlatte.
Keep up the good work please.
There is no “immigration problem”. It is a manufactured issue..
“There is no immigration problem. It is a manufactured issue..”
It’s John McCain’s dream to get this passed. I will be so happy to see it die.
They will have blown their wad on two big issues and will have lost both, gun control and immigration. And the democrat abetters (Corker, Hoeven, Ayotte, Alexander,etc.) will have been smoked out in the process, just before an election year.
GET RID OF ‘EM ALL!
Let’s hear it for “Wetback II”!
I just got a fundraising email from the GOP.
There are problems with our immigration system and our lack of security. Both need to be modernized. The Senate bill is based almost purely on converting millions of people here against the law to citizens to pander to them politically, and window dressing is added on top to be able to sell border security and enforcement. It is a monstrosity that only DC could produce.
It needs to be killed. Why our side falls for this crap is just not understandable. The only explanation is that the business interests that power both parties want their cheap labor and DC pushes policy as some sort of humanitarian act. It is ridiculous. The RNC and GOP has lost my vote and support if anything remotely resembling the Senate bill makes it’s way to the President’s desk.
Let me rephrase; there is no “immigration problem” that enforcing existing laws and statutes won’t fix..
I have considered the two issues as a items on a Liberal wish list that Obama is just using as distractions. Both issues stirs up a hornets nest, so the big O gets cover, even if both issues die. Obama wins if any parts of these issues are passed in his favor. Politically, the best way to handle this, IMO, is for Boehner to declare immigration reform is dead until such and such time.
“I have considered the two issues as a items on a Liberal wish list that Obama is just using as distractions. Both issues stirs up a hornets nest, so the big O gets cover, even if both issues die. Obama wins if any parts of these issues are passed in his favor. Politically, the best way to handle this, IMO, is for Boehner to declare immigration reform is dead until such and such time.”
I agree, but only to a point. Remember the visceral anger on Obama’s face when the senate voted down gun control? He’d never been so angry in public. I think that was a genuine blow. And also, as he has said, if the Congress fails to act, then he will. Well, what comes with that is responsibility, sole responsibility, which we all know Obama hates and avoids.
Losing two big issues after just getting reelected will not bode well for the rest of his term. He will look weak and that weakness will express itself in lost clout and influence on congressmen and senators, who will think to themselves “this guy’s gone soon while I want to stay here for a while. I’d better vote for my own interest and not his.” So goes the political cycle, which Obama thinks he’s immune from because he thinks himself “kind of a God.”
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