Washington May Actually Agree on an Issue, Mostly
A comprehensive and bi-partisan immigration bill may be presented by the end of the week. A committee of Democrats and Republicans appear close to finalizing the provisions that would affect an estimated 12 million men, women and children living inside our borders.
The so called “gang of eight” declared that they have nearly come to an agreement on the most debated issues, including that of a “path to citizenship”. The list of eight includes Marco Rubio, R-Florida; Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina; Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona; Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Arizona; Sen. Robert Menendez, D-New Jersey; Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Illinois; Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colorado; and Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-New York.
The single issue delaying the agreement is that of migrant farm workers. The debate is over the number of “visas” to be allowed, and wages.
So, while a debate has existed throughout my adult years about immigration, why is there such a rush to accomplish it now? The obvious and accurate answer is “votes”.
One of the reasons Obama was re-elected and Romney lost in November is found in the differentiation of percentages in the Hispanic vote. Obama captured 75%.
Republicans, who have two goals in office, protecting special interests and winning re-election so they can continue to act on the former, realized that a continually growing number of Hispanics are important if they are to win elections.
Congress and the President will boast of a “great accomplishment”, and that it was the “moral and compassionate” thing to do. They will present it as a truly “bi-partisan effort”. They’ll try to tell us that government works. Spin doctors one and all. It’s about elections.
“What we have now is not a twenty-first century legal immigration system,” GOP Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, a key conservative at the heart of the talks, said back in January. “We have an obligation and the need to address the reality of the situation that we face.”
But Rubio refused to even discuss immigration when he spoke at Republican’s CPAC recently. It was too much of a “hot button” issue for that conservative group.
Simply because this “gang of eight” may be reaching agreement does in no way ensure that the extreme conservatives and liberals in the Senate will be pleased with the result.
Conservatives will oppose any part of the plan that may be interpreted as amnesty, and liberals are certain that Republicans will never be happy with any efforts to control our borders.
Well, “you can make some of the people happy some of the”……you get it.
But, when they’re taken behind closed doors, and reminded of the percentage of Hispanics living in their districts, they’ll change their minds, just as some have on same-sex marriage. It’s a dam miracle!
Columnist-The Guardian Express