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Immigration Reform Bill dead for the year
Posted by: McQ on Wednesday, June 21, 2006

As I've saying for weeks now, no immigration bill this year. Yesterday Republicans made it all but official:
In a defeat for President Bush, Republican congressional leaders said Tuesday that broad immigration legislation is all but doomed for the year, a victim of election-year concerns in the House and conservatives' implacable opposition to citizenship for millions of illegal immigrants.

"Our number one priority is to secure the border, and right now I haven't heard a lot of pressure to have a path to citizenship," said Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., announcing plans for an unusual series of hearings to begin in August on Senate-passed immigration legislation.

"I think it is easy to say the first priority of the House is to secure the borders," added Rep. Roy Blunt, the GOP whip.

In deference to the president, neither Hastert nor any other Republican official in either house said publicly that the president's ambitious plan — including a guest worker program as well as an opportunity for citizenship for many illegal immigrants — was dead for the year.

But several Republicans in both houses, speaking on condition of anonymity, were less guarded.

"There will be no path to citizenship," said one lawmaker who attended a strategy session in Hastert's office.
Notice the reason given by Rep. Blunt. Here's my question: If, when voters wake up just in time for the November mid-term elections, will they remember that's why the Republicans didn't pass legislation and agree? Or will they punish Republicans for not exerting the leadership in Congress to get something done on what has become one of the top two issues of interest to the public at large?

Now many here seem to think this won't hurt Republicans. Well let's see how the Democratic spin machine handles this before we conclude that. This is a guilt-free one for Dems since they mostly come down on the side of Pres. Bush. They can play "bi-partisan" and talk about wanting to work with the President for, well months, all the while pointing the finger of inaction at Republican legislators. And, as they've set it up, they can play both sides of the street, so to speak.

I continue to think this is an bad move by Republicans and I think it could hurt in November. And while experts I respect, such as Michael Barone, don't see Democrats gaining enough seats in either chamber to take control, I respectfully disagree and I base that disagreement on this one issue: immigration.
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I doubt they will feel any punnishment for not passing this compromise bill.

The majority of Americans want the Border secured, but I believe the republicans have an edge, because the Senate Bill was Amnesty anyway you look at it. No one I know believes it takes a congressional act to enforce the existing laws.

Another point of with the magnitude of the Dubai ports debacle is brewing in the conservative base and when it breaks it will further solidify the Republican House to back enforcement only.

The other point brewing is the NAFTA Superhighway that will create a 10 lane express highway from Laredo to Deluth. There is a feeling in the conservative base that this is the reason our President has made little attempts to secure our borders.

Mark my words: The southern border will be the main topic of discussion in November.
Written By: J
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In a defeat for President Bush, Republican congressional leaders said Tuesday that broad immigration legislation is all but doomed for the year,
A defeat for Bush? Not hardly. It’s a bit of a victory, a "broad" bill like the Senate wanted would’ve been a disaster. The enforcement bill the House wanted would’ve been the homerun, but this is hardly a disaster.
Written By: shark
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PS- Just to clarify, Bush and the clueless GOP Senate were handed a victory through no fault of their own and they don’t even know it, and wouldn’t know it if it bit them on the backside.
Written By: shark
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After such an embarrassing Social Security failure by a Republican party controlling the White House and both houses of Congress, forget about immigration reform, I think you should set your sights a little lower. Let’s see if they can organize a piss-up in a brewery.
Written By: Bitter
Aye that, shark.
Written By: Dave
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Tom Maguire has more. He seems to suggest that the enforcement only house bill might be pushed through. I dunno.
Written By: ChrisB
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The problem with the immigration issue is that one, Republicans are vulnerable to being called hypocrites, and two, most Americans realize that without illegal immigrants, much of what we buy will cost much more. I thought I’d put an ad in the Herndon newspaper:

Wanted: White male to mow lawns, clean houses and work construction. Will pay minimum wage or less and no benefits.

I’m sure my phone will ring off the hook.
Written By: Bob Griendling
Well Hooray for some small things, the bill is sick if not dead...

Bob you’re correct you’re ’phone WON’T ring off the hook, but you haven’t answered some other questions, how is paying a Latino $5.15 an hour good for the REST of us, as he may be using Medicare/Medicade for his health care? And will your ’phone ring more often if you offer $8-10 an hour? In short, the phrase was NOT "Jobs Americans WON’T do" but "Jobs Americans won’t do for $5.15 an hour."

It SEEMS, that folks MIGHT, and I emphasize this as speculation only, MIGHT be willing to pay a little more for lawn care, if you charge more for it but use legal alien labour. OR if you can find a way to mow the lawn for a bit more, and pay the employees a LOT more, thru the use of capital outlay...It’s what killed the Mexican day labourers in the Ca. tomato fields. Now tomatoes are MECHANICALLY harvested.

You creat a false dichotomy here, that the decision is USE ILLEGALS and get the yard mowed or not get the yard mowed, and I’m not sure that is necessarily the case.
Written By: Joe
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Joe, There are many issue that arise out of the illegal immigration debate. However you propose to eliminate the immigration pool all togther without realizing the true costs to the individual families. At this time you do not pay the medi-cal benefits,and we as a society collectively pay taxes for that. Yes it is a strain and if we continue to allow the floodgates open it could cause a seriuos problem. However not all illegals are on medi-cal and some pay their own costs at low income clinics. Many pay taxes, and contribute daily to our economy as consumers. You see I am open to discussing the objective issues without becoming emotionally involved and choosing one side. This issue has both benefits and costs and choosing to argue only one point makes you ineffective regardless of how many large words you use. Let’s stop feeling and start thinking. I propose a individual customized plan that will strenghten borders and control influx. Deport those who do not contribute and leech of the system. Reward those who have been here for many years demonstrating responsibility and contributing to American Ideals. The United States is the best place to live, and we have evolved through an immigrative process.

Thank You
Written By: Paul Sanchez
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What does the GOP controlled Congress have to show for it’s time in office?

No tax reform.
No SS reform.
Lots of spending, earmarks, and a pay raise.
No immigration reform
No law on the wireless intercept issue (make the legality explicit one way or the other)

Seems like gridlock to me.
Written By: Harun
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"Wanted: White male to mow lawns, clean houses and work construction. Will pay minimum wage or less and no benefits."

I don’t know where you live, but in my part of the country you won’t get illegal Mexicans to work for those conditions, much less white(or black) males.

I can tell you what this Republican, and I’m sure a few others, will remember in November; a Republican president refuses to enforce current immigration laws and a Republican Senate and President who want to give amnesty and favours not available to citizens to millions of illegal immigrants.
Written By: timactual
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