Republicans Led by John Boehner Kill Immigration Reform?


It’s all but a done deal, Republicans are taking steps to kill any sensible immigration reform.  They didn’t want it in the first place, but were forced to make the pretense when President Obama pushed so hard for a bill that would allow 11,000,000 residents a path to citizenship.

I’m sorry to say that the GOP of today remains racist, bigoted, and anti-woman.  After a disastrous election in 2012, the RNC promised reform, but words are easy, actions require work.

If, and I say if, a comprehensive bill passes the Senate, it is guaranteed to fail in the House.  Speaker John Boehner has virtually made it a promise.

The worst Speaker of the House of Representatives in our nation’s history said that he “would not bring any immigration measure to the floor for a vote unless it had the support of a majority of House Republicans.”

Boehner’s House is divided into three parts.  He can’t get them to agree on anything.  The Republican Party has no leadership.  The more I consider the words of former Senator, Bob Dole, the more I realize he was 100 percent correct.  Lock the doors, Mr. Boehner, and put out a sign that your party is ‘under reconstruction.’

The good news for Americans is that because of Boehner’s lack of ability to unite the House under any and all circumstances, House control could return to the Democrats in the mid-term 2014 election, and we would have a new Speaker.

Today, Boehner put to rest any idea that he would attempt to pass a bipartisan bill.  He will tow the ultra-conservative line of ensuring there will be no citizenship for the 11,000,000 people already in the country.  He has promised the death of any bill before it reaches the House chamber.

“I also suggested to our members today that any immigration reform bill that is going to go into law ought to have a majority of both parties’ support if we’re really serious about making that happen, and so I don’t see any way of bringing an immigration bill to the floor that doesn’t have a majority support of Republicans,” Mr. Boehner said at a news conference after meeting with House Republicans.

Thank God he doesn’t believe in bipartisanship.  If he did he wouldn’t be able to hold on to his title as the most failed Speaker of the least productive Congress in the history of the United States.

Insiders in the House said that Boehner’s position as Speaker of the House could be in jeopardy if he makes efforts to get an immigration bill passed.  Conservatives will vote for fences, but not for people

In an interview with World Net Daily radio on Monday, Representative Dana Rohrabacher, Republican of California, said Mr. Boehner “should be removed as speaker” if, on immigration, he violates the “Hastert rule;” an unofficial principle named for J. Dennis Hastert, a former Republican speaker who would rarely allow a vote on a bill that did not have the support of a majority of his conference.

Isn’t that the way it always is?  Party first, wealthy supporters second, and the people of the United States last.

“This town thrives on non-stories, and the biggest non-story of the week is this speculation that I’m somehow planning secretly to pass an immigration bill without a majority of Republicans,” Mr. Boehner said, according to a source who was present at the meeting. “I have no intention of putting a bill on the floor that will violate the principles of our majority and divide our conference.”

Thanks to Boehner and House Republicans, immigration reform has died and early death.

James Turnage

The Guardian Express


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