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.
Inspite of, or perhaps because of, Speaker Boehner's stand last week, the pressure is being ratcheted up for Republicans across the country. The GOP had already seen their share of the Latino vote fall from 44% in 2004 to 27% in 2012. Yet a small faction in the House seems intent on continuing that "death spiral". Immigrant advocates are ramping up the pressure on Republicans planning to stage many protests including protests in the Representative's home districts over the Congressional Recess on February 17th. And the Democrats in both the Senate and the House are ramping up pressure, claiming that the Republicans are going to take a huge hit at the ballot box if they fail once again to pass immigration reform legislation. Speaking on the House floor, Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (D-Ill.) (one of Congress's loudest proponents of comprehensive reform) told Speaker Boehner: "You thought the Super Bowl was a blowout? Wait until November 2016 if immigration reform is still hanging out there."
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