Leading Democrat Calls Out Boehner Over Latest Republican Excuse for Not Passing Immigration Reform

1903063_10152215389612489_1143615409_nWhen 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?

Blame Obama.

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.

Schumer said:

“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.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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  • LL11

    “Immigration reform”, if it means letting the foreign college students stay and get their citizenship, is great. “Immigration reform”, if it means those here on visas working legally can get their citizenship quicker and easier, is great. “Immigration reform”, if it means amnesty for illegals, is not. People use this term in quite a few different ways. There is no other country where I could go illegally and expect to get citizenship. Spain is the only other country to grant any kind of status to illegal immigrants, and they got work visas.

    So if our “immigration reform” gave work visas only….then maybe most Americans AND the Republicans would support that.

    I am usually considered “liberal”, left-wing, a socialist (term depends on who is speaking) in that I am pro-gay rights, pro-choice, want universal medical care, believe in corporate regulations, etc, etc, but do NOT support illegal alien amnesty.

  • Pipercat

    Real reform will only happen when Mexico becomes stable, free and prosperous. All of these machinations will not solve the underlying issue that resides south of the Rio Grande.

  • Robin Tomlin

    Since congress isn’t doing much these days, I’m sure they have time to try and impeach the President. Go on, you know you wanna!

  • white trash religious teaparty

    George carlin said ” get them (injuns) to fill-in the bering straight and charge them a buck a ‘head’ to go home”,,,,,,,,,,,,,a good business solution

  • terry horn

    When Reagan absorbed Millions of Mexicans back in the80’s, He was filling a tax base, a job base. Reagan’s economy was filling jobs at a substantial rate. We don’t enjoy that economy today. Today we have roughly 100 million Americans unemployed.The unemployment rate is not 6.6 percent. (Fuzzy Math),African American unemployment has skyrocketed! Teenage unemployment is at 20+ percent. We have never came out of the recession that Bush,43 gave to us and that Obama has fueled into a disaster.Two weeks ago the left were complaining about income inequality, then after a recent bombshell of a CBO report they are telling you that you don’t really need a job. How will you pay for Millions of new citizens on the rolls?You realize that this will, as it did during Reagan’s Presidency cause a run of illegal activity along the border. Next you want a 10.00 minimum wage. Who’s paying for that? What you are getting for all you troubles is massive unemployment and debt. The Left is looking for a voting base increase. The Repub’s would be insane to give that up. Washington dc, politicians do not produce anything. They absorb tax payer dollars, the less people working the less money going to Washington. The Gig is up folk’s. America is in deep waters, the dollar is in big trouble through out the world and very soon Mr. Obama will be coming around to Congress with an even bigger bucket in which to bail out Government again. The World looks to America in disbelief.

  • Scaramongus

    They have nothing left, they are a ridiculous excuse for a political party – they believe in nothing except power and money.

  • terry horn

    What you need to understand about Washington, DC is that it is a purely political machine. Two teams compete for power on a constant level. Its thinks and acts politically, its all about getting re-elected and very little actuall thought goes into its actions. That’s both teams. Team D and team R. They are not to be trusted to make amnesty decisions. they will do it along party lines. Shumer. Leven , Pelosi and Reid will waste no time getting these people citizenship. Vote’s are involved here, millions of them. There is nothing in this for Republicans, to go along with, it is economical as well as political suicide.

  • MLR

    The racist base of the republican party doesn’t want amnesty for “illegals” because they think they will vote Democrat and mooch off the system. The truth is, I’ve never seen harder working and proud people, ever. Morgan Spurlock made a doc on this very topic. He couldn’t keep up with Mexican workers when it came to picking fruit and Americans really don’t want these jobs, contrary to what the crazy right-wingers say. Also, most Hispanics are socially conservative (I should know, I’m Hispanic) who I think would identify more with the republican party if it wasn’t because their policies are terrible for the working poor and middle-class families. For example, republicans are against raising the minimum wage, which is not a living wage. They are against food stamps which people earning minimum wage need. They are against contraception which poor families may need in order to control the size of their family which they might already be struggling to support. They are against insurance coverage for birth control and claim “taxpayers shouldn’t have to foot the bill” even though half the workforce are taxpaying women who’s taxes go on covering Viagra. Not to mention these same women pay for their insurance which is not free. So yes, the r party would attract more voters if their policies weren’t so disastrous for women and minorities.

    • Jim Bean

      “The racist base of the republican party doesn’t want amnesty for “illegals” because they think they will vote Democrat and mooch off the system”. Don’t you see? You’re calling them “racists” in same breath that your giving a non-racial reason for their behavior.

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