Decades ago Congress was referred to as ‘the do-nothing Congress.’ If they were compared to the Congress of the 21st century, they would have been labeled ‘very effective.’ In 2013, our Congress could be called ‘the do absolutely nothing Congress.’ With that in mind, Americans must be told that Immigration Reform will die in the House thanks to a ‘vacationing’ Congress.
‘Vacationing’ is probably too kind of a label. The House refuses to act on one of the most important pieces of legislation in the last 50 years. They act like little children bickering over a piece of candy. They all want it their way. And they would rather do nothing than to be known for a grand accomplishment.
The reason it will surely die in the House is in direct relationship to two issues. The first is ‘border security.’
Our borders have seen an impressive increase in the effort to secure them from illegal immigrants’ efforts to enter the United States. Where logical, fences have been constructed. Surveillance cameras have been deployed in critical areas, and the number of border patrol agents has been increased.
But some Republicans will not be appeased until thousands of miles of our border with Mexico are lined with 80 foot fences, crowned with barbed wire at the top. They would also be required to be electrically charged. And there would have to be cameras every 20 yards.
I might note here that no one is mentioning placing fences between Canada and the United States. The reasons are most likely that border Canadians are mostly Caucasian, and they’re wise enough to understand that life in Canada is of a superior quality to that in the United States.
The second reason the House will squash this necessary legislation is the ‘path to citizenship’ portion of the bill. The party of bigots and racists does not want to admit that it is not only the right thing to do, it is the logical thing to do.
The House would rather implement no change in policy, with the exception of fences, and pass the issue to a future Congress, leaving over 11 million residents in limbo.
Republicans in the House have a serious problem. They cannot think and talk at the same time. The move to suppress reasonable immigration legislation is political, but they are on the wrong side.
What Republicans continually call their ‘base,’ does don’t support any form of immigration reform. But they are denying that their ‘base’ is getting older, whiter, and is a dying breed. Republicans will continue to lose the vote of ‘persons of color’ in 2014.
Some Congressional Republicans and right wing publications are under the misguided assumption that the GOP will regain control of the Senate, and retain their dominance in the House in 2014. What part of fantasyland they discovered these ‘dreams’ in eludes me.
Why do men and women seek political office with the goal of being on permanent ‘vacation?’ Being a member of Congress is intended to be hard work, not a series of lunches, banquets, travel, and ‘meet and greet’ events. And federal elected Representatives and Senators are supposed to represent the entire country, not just their state. That’s what ‘state’ officials are for.
I will leave you with this. There can only be three reasons why a ‘comprehensive’ immigration reform bill will not be passed in 2013.
The first is pure racism. The ‘good old white boys club’ is still in control in Washington.
The second is for political advantage. This is a false premise. The American people want reform by a large margin. Only a few voters, and the wealthy business owners of America, who wish to continue their source of under minimum wage labor, with no benefits, are opposed to reform.
The third possibility may trump the other two. Congress lacks the basic intelligence to deliberate among all factions, and find an amenable solution. Believe it or not, this has been done in the past, and it’s why they were elected.
I hope I am wrong, but with an inept Speaker, in John Boehner “leading” the House, I do not see immigration reform in 2013. It will die, as Congress remains on ‘vacation.’
Alfred James reporting