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.