When it comes to immigration reform, Republicans are essentially in a no-win situation. They’re realizing that if they want to stay relevant nationally, they have to somehow find a way to attract more of the Latino vote.
There’s just one problem – Republicans also have to pander to the racists who make up a large chunk of their voting base. Racists who want nothing to do with immigration reform.
This is a conundrum for many Republicans because it’s nearly impossible to pander to both sides. It’s why you’ve seen Republicans talk often about getting sensible immigration reform passed, yet they’ve done very little to actually accomplish this goal.
Heck, the Senate sent over a bipartisan bill last summer which would have passed the House of Representatives had John Boehner let the House actually vote on the bill. But, of course, he wouldn’t.
Then recently Republicans unveiled their “immigration plan” which is essentially the same thing Ronald Reagan passed in 1986. I guess they figured that was the safest bet. When all else fails, just cite Reagan and that will hopefully appease the far-right radicals who’ve taken over their party.
But even as Boehner has struggled to get enough Republicans in the House to support their own plan, a new excuse they’re beginning to use is that they want to pass immigration reform – they just don’t trust President Obama to enforce it.
It’s commonly mentioned by liberals (because it’s a fact) that President Obama has deported more illegal immigrants than any other president in history. But let’s not let that fact get in the way of the latest right-wing propaganda. This is just more of the same thing coming from the GOP. They can’t get immigration reform passed, because too many Republicans don’t want it passed, so what do they do?
Well, New York Democratic Senator Charles Schumer decided to call this bluff by proposing that Congress pass immigration reform with a stipulation that it doesn’t take effect until 2017, when President Obama is no longer in office.
You know, since they don’t trust him to enforce the law.
“There’s a simple solution: let’s enact the law this year but simply not let it actually start until 2017, after President Obama’s term is over. Now I think the rap against him, that he won’t enforce the law, is false. He’s deported more people than any other president. But you could actually have the law start in 2017 without doing much violence to it. You’d simply move the date back from December 31 2011 to December 31 2017 for the deadline for when people could get legalization or citizenship so we could go after the new people who come in later, and it would solve the problem.”
Which still wouldn’t make a whole lot of sense because this notion that President Obama won’t enforce the laws is complete nonsense. This is a clear move by Republicans to perpetuate President Obama as a “lawless” president following his State of the Union speech where he essentially said he was sick and tired of the ineptitude of Congress, and would sign a few executive orders to bypass Congress when they fail to act.
Since that speech, Republicans have really been pushing this idea that President Obama is somehow drunk with power over his “abuse” of the executive order. A claim that might make sense if Obama wasn’t on pace to issue fewer executive orders than Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.
The fact of the matter is some Republicans want to pass immigration reform for the sake of trying to court the Latino vote, but there are still quite a lot of Republicans in Congress who rely too heavily on racist voters so they want no part of immigration reform.
And because of their inability to pass sensible immigration reform (something the majority of Americans think should be passed) they’re doing everything in their power to try to blame this on President Obama.
Something that should shock absolutely nobody as that’s basically been the Republican plan of attack since the 2008 elections.