What happened to the republican party which is supposed to trumpet “family values?” Dear republicans, did you see the tears of joy from Hispanic family members all over the TV sets and the internet after President Barack Obama announced his immigration executive orders on 11/20/2014. Family members were hugging and laughing together with pure happiness. As of right now, which party do you think the family members who are US citizens will be strongly motivated to vote for in 2016?
Now in contrast, how do you perceive the republican party is viewed by this Hispanic population whose leaders have openly promised to register Hispanic American citizens voters, in droves? Each time you go on TV and proclaim how improper, illegal, and voice worse hyperboles describing why you feel the President acted improperly, you are setting up future democratic ads advertising your vitriolic words over and over again in 2016, an election by which the electoral map favors democrats.
I am going to weigh in this argument with one major point followed by another in my next blog. For the first point, I will demonstrate how some US congress representatives had been working diligently on bipartisan immigration bills subsequent to the June, 2013 US Senate bipartisan bill which passed and these US congress representatives were denied the ability to bring up their bills for a vote with one excuse after another by their leadership.
I am personally convinced that the US House republican leadership purposely delayed votes on any immigration legislation with the intent to cater to their base, a majority of which are opposed to immigration reform laws in preparation for the 2014 elections by which the electoral map favored republicans. This strategy had the added benefit of depressing voter turnout, including the democratic base voters, in the 2014 elections which ended up being recorded as the lowest voter turnout in over 70 years. This republican political maneuver accomplished what the voter ID laws in state republican led congressional assemblies had intended which was the suppression of the democratic minority and student votes.
In my next blog, I will detail why I am persuaded that the President’s actions meet current legal standards even though his order both follows and departs from precedents set by his predecessors. However, let me prove my first point by listing the following US House republicans’ attempts to legislate an immigration reform bill as per a Huffington Post article, dated 9/30/2013, authored by Erica Werner, AP Reporter:
Ms. Werner states, “the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Rep. Bob Goodlatte, has been discussing possible legal status for the estimated 11 million immigrants living in the U.S. illegally. He’s also been working with House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, a fellow Virginia Republican, on a bill offering citizenship to immigrants brought illegally to the U.S. as children. Reps. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho, and Ted Poe, R-Texas, are working on a plan to create a visa program allowing more lower-skilled workers into the country. Goodlatte and the chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, Rep. Mike McCaul, R-Texas, hold out hopes for floor action by late October 2013 on a series of immigration bills that already have passed their committees…The attention of House GOP leaders seems certain to remain squarely focused on the fiscal disputes until they are resolved, leaving immigration on a back burner for some time to come.
The author continues, “but lawmakers and outside advocates insist that three months after the Democratic-led Senate passed a sweeping immigration bill, the issue is showing signs of life in the Republican-run House. “Despite the appearance that would suggest everyone in Washington is focused on one thing, work is going on other issues beneath the radar,” said Tamar Jacoby, head of Immigration Works USA, a coalition of small businesses that supports comprehensive immigration legislation…”Moving immigration forward remains a priority, but right now there’s no firm timetable,” said Doug Heye, a spokesman for Cantor. House leaders have said they plan a step-by-step approach, in contrast to the comprehensive Senate bill that added billions of dollars in new spending on border security, remade the legal immigration system from top to bottom and created a 13-year path to citizenship for the millions living here illegally…McCaul’s committee has approved a border security bill. Goodlatte’s committee has signed off on legislation addressing a range of issues, including visas for high-skilled workers and enforcement of immigration laws…Goodlatte would allow immigrants here illegally to obtain legal work status, and from there, they could use the existing routes to citizenship: marrying a U.S. citizen or getting sponsored by an employer or U.S. citizen relative. Such an approach would allow Republicans to deal with millions of people in the U.S. illegally without bestowing a so-called special path to citizenship as the Senate did – a concept that’s become toxic to many in the GOP… “It gives the Republicans a way out and it gets us to where we want to go,” said Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Texas, who met recently with Goodlatte along with Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., to discuss immigration. “The Republicans have some people that want zero, we got some folks on our side that want 100 percent, but eventually we’ve got to sit down and talk,” Cuellar said…While Goodlatte has been outspoken about his desire to get legislation to the floor as soon as possible, House leaders have been more circumspect, adding to the uncertainty about whether or when anything actually will happen.”
According to another Huffington Post article, updated 11/8/2013, Michael J. Mishak, AP reporter wrote the following:
“In the five weeks since he declared his support for a comprehensive immigration overhaul, U.S. Rep. Daniel Webster has gotten an earful. One constituent told the second-term Republican that immigrants carry disease. Another said immigrants would steal jobs away from Americans. “You cannot stop illegal immigration by rewarding it,” another man said at a recent town hall-style meeting in Groveland, a rural community west of Orlando. “Amnesty is a reward”…Webster is among about two dozen GOP lawmakers who support an eventual path to citizenship for millions of people who are living in the U.S. illegally. These Republicans are facing the daunting challenge of trying to persuade colleagues to follow them… Most Republicans oppose this approach on citizenship, and there is little political incentive for them to change their minds. Only 24 of 233 Republicans represent districts where more than one-quarter of their constituents are Hispanic. Even so, some in the Republican Party argue that its future hinges on whether the House finds a way to embrace an immigration overhaul, which is a crucial issue for the country’s fast-growing bloc of Hispanic voters…Supporters of a path to citizenship point to demographic changes and business backing that have helped sway Webster, who for years opposed immigrant-rights legislation, as potential motives for wavering lawmakers to sign on. “I think as a country we need to do something,” Webster said in an interview, echoing the rhetoric of Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and other prominent Republicans. “Doing nothing is amnesty.”…Most Republicans oppose a path to citizenship, and there’s little political incentive for them to change their minds…Only 24 of 233 Republicans represent districts where more than one-quarter of their constituents are Hispanic..Even so, some in the Republican Party argue that its future hinges on whether the House finds a way to embrace an immigration overhaul. That’s a crucial issue for the country’s fast-growing bloc of Hispanic voters.”
In another Huffington Post article posted 5/21/2014, Elise Foley reported the following:
“It’s been 11 months since the Senate approved a sweeping immigration overhaul. In the House, meanwhile, comprehensive immigration reform hasn’t budged — and narrow measures aren’t getting a chance, either…On Tuesday, the House Rules Committee blocked three immigrant-related amendments to the National Defense Authorization Act, stalling the effort by several Republican and Democratic members to allow undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children to enlist in the military. The amendments to the defense spending bill could have served as a chance for the House to vote on a component of immigration reform — albeit a very narrow one — after months of talk from leadership about wanting to address the issue…Supporters of the amendments to the must-pass National Defense Authorization Act had hoped they’d found a component of reform that would be relatively non-controversial. Instead, they faced heavy opposition from conservative groups such as Heritage Action. The groups have fought, in particular, the Enlist Act from Reps. Jeff Denham (R-Calif.) and Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), which would allow some undocumented immigrants to join the military and eventually become eligible for citizenship… Other members also proposed immigration-related amendments. Rep. Mike Coffman (R-Colo.) submitted a separate measure that would grant undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children the ability to join the military. An amendment from Reps. Joaquín Castro (D-Texas) and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) would allow so-called Dreamers who were allowed to stay in the U.S. under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program to enroll in military academies…The Rules Committee did not approve any of the three amendments to go to the House floor for consideration. Opponents to the amendments argued they were not sufficiently relevant to the bill.”
You get the picture! There is a solid record of US House republican representatives trying over and over again in 2013 through 2014 to pass immigration reform bills only to be rebuffed by their leadership with a laundry list of explanations. Now these same leaders in November, 2014 sit back and decry how President Barack Obama could possibly doubt their sincere desire to pass an immigration reform bill in the near future, to where our President felt he had no option but to act.
Remember what happened to the US House Majority leader, Eric Cantor from Virginia. He was primaried and then he lost his renomination on 6/10/2014 to an economics professor Dave Brat in the Richmond-based district that he was first elected to in 2000. The main issue which caused the House Majority Leader Mr. Cantor to lose his position that he held since 2011 was over the immigration debates.