Comprehensive Immigration Reform Will Fail?

Immigration Reform

Four Republican Senators, and four Democratic Senators were given the challenge of crafting a bill that would change our immigration laws.  The so called “gang of eight” accomplished their goal, temporarily.  I believe that comprehensive immigration reform will fail.  And here’s why.

Wednesday, Senator Marco Rubio, R-Fla., claimed he still supported immigration reform, but separated himself from the Senate version.  He was a member of the “gang of eight.”

Rubio cited increased border security as the reason for his back-peddling.  He did not tell reporters that he would vote against the Senate measure, but he did say, “If the changes don’t happen, the bill can’t pass.”

He has apparently decided to side with extremists in the House who will never be happy until our government agrees to build a 1000 foot high fence, with barbwire on the top, security cameras every 10 feet, and of course it has to be electrified.

“We’ll keep working,” he added. “We won’t abandon the effort, we’ll keep working to ensure that we have a bill that can pass.”

Noting that he was asked to join the immigration effort in part to help bring Republicans on board, Rubio declared, “I can tell you that the bill as structured isn’t going to pass the House, and it’s going to struggle to pass in the Senate.”

The House had a similar “gang of eight” to refine their own legislation.  Late Wednesday afternoon, it appeared that there will not be a bipartisan bill coming out of the junior legislative body.

Representative Raul Labrador, R-Idaho, left the team over policy disagreements.  His reason for refusing to work with his counterparts was the debate over health care for the immigrants.

“I have tremendous respect for the members of the bipartisan group who have been working with me to fix our broken immigration system,” Labrador said in a statement. “But after today’s meeting, the framework of the bill has changed in a way that I can no longer support.”

Labrador, considered a hard line conservative, was key in helping to acquire the Republican vote in the House.

Two weeks ago, Labrador threatened to leave the group over how the costs of health care for immigrants would be covered.  Republican members of the committee expressed concerns that state and local governments would eventually be responsible for covering the costs.  Democrats used the example that if they are not covered, and receive a serious injury, or contract life-threatening cancer, they could be deported.

They reached a compromise until Wednesday, and Labrador resigned from the group.

Why is it that Republicans run away from discussion and are unwilling or unable to compromise?  This happens with such regularity that past GOP leaders are beginning to frequently question present members in the House and Senate about their comprehension of Republican policies and ideals.

If immigration reform happens, it will have to be on a bipartisan level.  If a finished bill does pass in the Senate, what will that mean?  It will be worth about as much as the paper it is written on.

Speaker of the House, John Boehner, told reporters last week that the “House would write its own legislation.”

So, the way I see it comes down to these facts.  The House will refuse to put the Senate version to a vote.  The Senate will pick apart the House version, and there will be little semblance remaining of either original agreement.

Don’t be fooled, America.  Congress was never serious about passing immigration reform.  They don’t care about 11 million people, but they do read the polls.  All these “efforts” to find a compromise and actually accomplish something important is no more than a facade.  Government is simply pandering to the public.

Both Democrats and Republicans will maintain their previous positions, and hope that in campaigns prior to the 2014 mid-term elections, voters will believe candidates, who will be pointing fingers at each other.

Never forget that a professional politician has two goals.  First, is to get elected.  Second is to improve his or her own lifestyle by using the power and influence of his or her office.  That is the definition, and the reality.

So why is our government shattered more than ever before in history?  Why did the 112th Congress receive the poorest rating ever?  And why is the 113th on a path to become even worse?

The answer is both simple and complex.

The simple part is easy and obvious to explain.  Our government is made up of men and women who lack courage, dignity, morality, and a dedication to work for the people who elected them.

The complex part evolved from policies instituted prior to Barrack Obama’s election.  Campaign funding laws were changed.  Super PACs came out of thin air.  Each Super PAC is no more than a lobbying group.  They spend fortunes attempting to get candidates elected who will serve them and their interests.

Super PACs are the reason the TEA Party exists.  The Koch brothers and others created their own party within a party.  What their ultimate goal is, is to put a TEA Party slave in the White House.  With the President in their back pocket, and if they control both houses, the working class will join those in the poverty ranks.  Minimum wage, social security, Medicare, health benefits, and equal treatment in the work place would be things of the past.

The other complexity had a simple beginning.  Leaders of the GOP stated openly that they had two goals for the next four years.  They were, one, to make Barrack Obama a one-term President.  And, two, to vote down any legislation the President was in favor of.  They batted .500.

The result is more than a battle between Democrats and Republicans.  The GOP is in flux.  They continually bicker amongst themselves, and the chasm between different factions widens with every passing day.

So don’t look for a comprehensive bill to be agreed upon in the near future.  Any actual efforts to accomplish one, single, important piece of legislation is doomed to fail.  If members of Congress can’t find compromise within their own circles, bipartisan agreement is impossible

James Turnage

The Guardian Express


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