Immigration Reform - OK It has been a while since I have posted a BLOG. However, this is just too much. This week, the Republican caucus in the House of Representatives voted to block the Department of Homeland Security from moving forward on the Presidential executive initiatives that would help to protect millions of immigrants from being deported. There was the 2012 executive action that protects a million or so children who were brought to the U.S. illegally by their parents prior to their 16th birthday. They also voted to block the more recent executive action that would defer deportation for a slightly larger group of those same children plus many undocumented parents of U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident children. This is really about one of the three foundations upon which our immigration policy has been based for decades. The three pillars? Keep close family units together (the sanctity of the family), protect U.S. workers, and keep undesirables (criminals & terrorists) out of the U.S. he fear of deportation.
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Immigration Reform - Yes! Last night (November 20, 2014) President Obama went BIG and BOLD on immigration reform through executive or administrative action. This is extremely good news, extremely good for the immigrant community, AND extremely good for the country. The Republicans (who have refused to pass any immigration legislation) told Mr. Obama that, if he did this he would "poison the well" and make any immigration legislation virtually impossible. I take that to mean: "we were never going to pass immigration legislation. But, NOW we are REALLY not going to pass any immigration related laws."
Immigration? President Obama is on the edge of a dilemma. If Mr. Obama does nothing about immigration, he risks losing support among the already disgruntled Latino and immigration advocate communities. On the other hand, the Republican Party has made it abundantly clear that, if he takes any action on his own without the support of Congress, they will attack. It is not certain what form the attack make take. The Republicans (and the conservative media) have been talking about impeachment. Of course, the chances of such action being successful are ultimately zero. They have also been talking about bringing a lawsuit in Federal Court.
Immigration reform and Republican threats are truly amazing! The word that comes to mind is "dishonest". It has been 1 ½ years since the Senate passed a comprehensive immigration reform bill (S744). The House of Representatives has spent the past year and a half dithering and saying that they think we do need immigration reform. However, through that time (when a majority of the House would have voted FOR an immigration bill) Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has catered to he extremists in the Republican party to block the bill from coming to a vote.
Immigration Reform is more necessary today than ever. In a recent article by Kate Tummarello for The Hill, she revealed that tech companies are renewing their call for new immigration legislation. How? They are keeping track of all of the jobs for U.S. workers that are NOT being created because of our current failed system of immigration. Every day we lose jobs for U.S. workers that would have been created by high-skilled immigrants who could not obtain visas to come to the U.S. This fact has been documented repeatedly over the years. The net impact of high-skilled workers coming to the U.S. is the CREATION of jobs for U.S. workers. NOT the loss of jobs for U.S. workers.
Immigration Reform should be a slam dunk winner. I wrote yesterday about a recent survey conducted by Global Strategy Group and Brasswood Research revealed that 71% of voters support an earned pathway to citizenship for the undocumented. That same survey revealed that 78% of likely voters in the general election believe that proposed reforms are preferable to the current broken immigration system. With numbers like this, I believe we can and should put sufficient pressure on the House of Representatives to "do the right thing" and pass a comprehensive reform bill.
With Immigration Reform is a Discharge Petition in the works? A recent survey conducted by Global Strategy Group and Brasswood Research revealed that 71% of voters support an earned pathway to citizenship for the undocumented. Although Republicans in the House of Representatives claim to be in favor of such legislation, they do not appear to be willing to move forward even on their "piecemeal" approach to reform. We are all wondering what America is waiting for. If 71% of voters want reform to happen and to provide a pathway to citizenship for the undocumented, why can't we get the job done?
Immigration Reform becomes "Super Hot". "No Republican Is Safe" without action in 2014, say immigration advocates. Wow! Senator Charles E. Schumer (D. NY) believes that a legislative maneuver known as a "discharge petition" may be a solution to overcome the extreme right wing of the Republican party in an effort to pass immigration legislation. Such a measure would allow the supporters of overhauling our immigration laws to circumvent the Tea Party Republicans in the House of Representatives by bringing legislation directly to the floor for an up or down vote, thereby bypassing the regular committee process. This is a fairly rare legislative tactic.
Immigration Reform Heats Up. Just days after presenting a list of principles that were to shape the House debate on the long-awaited immigration bill, Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) put the brakes on immigration legislation last week blaming President Obama for not being trustworthy. The idea, according to Speaker Boehner is that, because Republicans cannot "trust" the President to enforce the law, there is no sense in passing immigration legislation. Balderdash! (I like that word). The reality is that there has been significantly more hard-nosed enforcement of U.S. immigration laws during the Obama administration that any other recent administration. What happened? Apparently the right wing of the Republican caucus revolted against the principles because of a provision that would have allowed illegal immigrants to remain in the country and work without fear of deportation.