11 months, 3 weeks ago
Immigration overhaul legislation has been dormant in the House for months, but a few Republicans are working behind the scenes to advance it at a time the Capitol is immersed in a partisan brawl over government spending and President Barack Obama’s health care law.
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 on a series of immigration bills that already have passed their committees.
“I would think that would be the next agenda item in the queue after we’re done with this mess,” McCaul said this past week, referring to bitter divisions over the health law, the level of government spending and the growing federal debt.
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. 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 on other issues beneath the radar,” said Tamar Jacoby, head of ImmigrationWorks USA, a coalition of small businesses that supports comprehensive immigration legislation.
Goodlatte has made it clear he wants to see the issue solved.
That’s a lie. The GOP doesn’t want to see the issue solved. This could be done quickly and easily. Militarize the border, shoot people who try to cross illegally, inspect every package and vehicle at every checkpoint, and implement E-Verify. What the GOP wants to do is flood the country with tens of millions of democratic voters who will install socialist leaders for the next century.
Why? Because they’re sellouts and traitors. They cannot help but be that, because it’s in their nature. It’s like my dog Heidi who returns to her vomit and eating the same thing (usually grass and live bugs) that caused her to vomit in the first place, or who agitates and annoys the crap out of poisonous snakes regardless of the fact that she’s been bitten by a Copperhead and knows what it’s like. She cannot help herself. Neither can the GOP – like a dog to its vomit. Most of them are traitors, and they will never be anything but traitors. They cannot be changed, and politics as usual is not a solution to the moral sickness that grips America.