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Dem Dissension: Gutierrez Says Immigration Reform Dead, While Pelosi Remains ‘Hopeful’

Gutierrez: "I kept hoping the better angels in the Republican Party would tamp down the irrational and angry angels blocking reform."

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Bill Straub

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June 27, 2014 - 7:17 am
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WASHINGTON – A leading congressional advocate for immigration reform declared the effort dead for this year, maintaining the initiative likely won’t succeed until President Obama leaves office.

With the Independence Day recess looming, Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) acknowledged that the time for the House to act on a comprehensive measure has lapsed. He blamed majority Republicans in the lower chamber for refusing to address the issue, insisting that “no one tried harder than I did to keep the two parties talking about how to move forward on immigration.”

“But months passed and Republicans turned their backs on their own members, turned their backs on the American people, turned their backs on the business community, on Latino and Asian voters and on those trying to save the Republican Party from itself,” Gutierrez said. “But I kept hoping the better angels in the Republican Party would tamp down the irrational and angry angels blocking reform the American people want and deserve.”

Instead, Gutierrez said, House Republicans showed they “simply have no answer when it comes to immigration reform and Republicans have failed America and failed themselves.” It is now up to Obama to take whatever action he can.

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, of California, continued to hold out slim hope, acknowledging that “if we don’t have some indication in the month of July that there will be a hearing, that there will be a bill scheduled for the floor, it seems that there’s little chance for us to pass such a bill.”

“I’m hopeful,” she said. “I believe that the Speaker (Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio) is of good faith on this. The Senate has acted — long overdue for the House to do so.”

The Obama administration has not yet thrown in the towel. The president has given the House until August to pass comprehensive legislation – exceedingly unlikely at this stage – vowing to implement reforms unilaterally if they fail to act.

Immigration reform has been on life support for some time in the House but supporters remained optimistic that some action could be taken before the beginning of the fall campaign season, a time when practically nothing – especially a controversial issue like immigration – will even be considered.

The House Judiciary Committee, the panel responsible for considering immigration reform, has not broached the subject since June 2013 when it passed legislation dealing with security and a guest worker program. The committee has never considered a measure passed by the Senate one year ago that passed in a bipartisan 68-32 vote. That bill, among other things, invested $46.3 billion in border security, created a pathway to citizenship for the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants already in the U.S., offered a way to bring future foreign workers into the country and modernized the visa programs.

Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, told reporters on Thursday that achieving immigration reform would prove “exceedingly difficult” in the lower chamber at this point.

Goodlatte insisted that “enforcement has to take place first” before the House will even consider reform legislation. He chided the president for what he described as “a clear lack of leadership” in the area of border enforcement, citing the surge in unaccompanied minors crossing the Rio Grande.

“The president needs to do more,” he said.

The immigration reform debate was raised anew with reports regarding the influx of unaccompanied minors crossing the southern border, with administration officials asserting that a surge in resources is necessary as a result of the skyrocketing numbers from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala.

In 2011, an estimated 6,560 unaccompanied children illegally entered the U.S. Those numbers soared beginning in 2012, mostly as a result of children fleeing the escalating gang and drug violence in Central America, creating what Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services and Education, called “an urgent humanitarian crisis.”

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"...no one tried harder than I did to keep the two parties talking about how to move forward on immigration"

We need to "move backward" on immigration, because something is 'rotten in Washington" when a group of illegal aliens can storm the country's borders and demand that we make them citizens immediately with all the rights and privileges that go with citizenship. There is no logic in this mess; there is no rationale for it to continue; there is no 'humanitarian' justification for allowing outlaw elements into our society.

To paraphrase the Johnny Horton song of the fifties: 'North to the U.S., go North, the rush is on."
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Kids are coming here alone into LA and NY and Chicago to escape gangs and drugs?

If that's the case they should right on going and cross the Canadian border.

These kids are being coached to say they are running from drug cartels. By whom? By the gangsters who are smuggling them here. Harkin is a pathological liar and a hard leftist...but I repeat myself.

A report said that 80% of the "kids" were males over 16.

We have a hard enough time getting any truth out of the corrupt media, articles that promote propaganda don't help.

Immigration "reform" got exposed by throwing 90,000 juveniles at it and watching what stuck. The borders are a sieve and the economy is crashing. We have no money to recklessly throw open our borders. Those five Taliban masterminds don't have to plot to mass murder us, they can waltz into our southern border and begin blowing us up at will.
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Gutierez and Pelosi, pay close attention. We are telling you. Close the border.
Enforce E-verify.

But you won't.

You dems support the human sex trade human smuggling, human death and suffering, and the drug cartels. You encourage it with fake promises and your postering.

For every child you advertized to come here, 3 died along the trip. You broke up families and destroyed lives.

Clsoe the border and enforce the laws you swore to carry out.
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NO ONE IS ASKING THE MOST IMPORTANT QUESTION: How is the immigration system broken? Reporters should be ashamed...no one has read the immigration laws so they can ask politicians what should be changed. There is no limit for guest workers to be invited here for agricultural work. Other skills do have limits but we must also realize we have tremendous unemployment in our country. Shouldn't jobs go to Americans first? Really wish we had a press...or politicians who used their brains....
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Gutierrez: "I kept hoping the better angels in the Republican Party would tamp down the irrational and angry angels blocking reform."

There is immigration law in force, you idiot. Change it or enforce it.

Quit yakking about angels.
7 weeks ago
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So 179 million dollars will be given to these countries to do what? Where we gettin all this money? Oh yea, the American taxpayer. Them Dems sure know how to fix problems. Oh and by the way this gang problem has been going on for 30+years.
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We had no "Immigration Problem" back in the '50's & '60's when I was growing up in an Italian Immigrant neighborhood. These Immigrants came here LEGALLY, got ZERO "government handouts", worked their butts off in their own small family businesses (because the prejudice in those days was such that no one would hire them so they had no choice but to "make their own jobs" via self employment), taught their kids to be "Americans", made sure their kids got a high school education, looked after their own, (grandma and/or grandpa lived with the family & watched the children) & the WHOLE FAMILY CONTRIBUTED (as best they could) to the Family Business. These people helped to BUILD America & only received what they EARNED!! Flash forward to 1997, when my Hubby immigrated here from Canada & he HAD TO HAVE his Bachelor's Degree, even though he had a job offer on the table. He was a few credits short, so he was allowed a Student Visa to finish his education in Phoenix. Then he had to go back to Canada & apply for the H1B Visa, which meant he could come here & accept the job. Then he had to pay an Immigration Attorney $10,000.00 to get the right paperwork together to get his Green Card. Hubby has ALWAYS been "self sufficient". He believes we should allow all who want to come here the opportunity, WITHOUT ANY PUBLIC ASSISTANCE, as long as they are free of a criminal record, not sick, & either able-bodied enough to support themselves or already have the "means" to support themselves without working!! That doesn't mean everyone who meets this criteria, should ALL come at once, just that the above described individuals should have the opportunity when they get "their turn". How DISCOURAGING it must be to be an Immigrant on the LEGAL "waiting list "!!
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What the American want, Comrade Gutierrez, is a federal government that both obeys and enforces the laws already on the books including those controlling our borders from illegal invasions.
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If I was a 3rd world dictator & wanted the USA to send $ I would concoct a fairytale about how my "subjects" should send their kids to the USA...PRESTO...WINDFALL..CHA-CHING!! If I was a pedophile, I would "camp out" along the border, for a supply of "untraceable fresh meat"!! I'm no criminal, so don't think like one, but these things are SO GLARINGLY OBVIOUS!! We know Obama doesn't give a flip about our border security, but HE IS a Father...so you'd think he would care about these kids safety??
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The *real* reasons why this sudden rush to the border my OTMs.  Read it yesterday and I had no idea the mess Telepromter Jesus has made in Central America.  This article was a complete eye opener for me.

For the past 5 1/2 years we have been so distracted with the Middle East firestorm of events, the mess in Ukraine, China's belligerence, Obamacare, the IRS, Benghazi, Fast and Furious, and all the other assaults on our national and personal freedom and sovereignty  we have neglected to focus on our own back yard (of course, the MSM, *including* Fox have all been willfully ignorant of this).

Well, here's the mess that Dear Leader has created in the Western hemisphere, specifically in Central America, quietly, slowly and with nary a mention. You think the situation in Venezuela is bad? That's child's play.  That's just a failed state. This is Che and Castro reborn, alive and on the march using the cartels as muscle against us. 

Here's an exerpt:

"Chaos has erupted at the border with a sudden influx of Central American children entering America—illegally and alone. Initially, the Obama administration tried to blame the exodus of adolescents on their desire to flee violence in their home countries. Only lately has the White House bowed to reality and finally conceded what Democrats in Congress, The Washington Post and even Univision were already admitting: that dreams of sanctuary under the DREAM Act had convinced Central American families to hand their children over to coyote networks that would take them across Mexico and the Rio Grande. In other words, the administration had to admit that it had contributed to the problem by appearing to promise that children who crossed the border illegally would not be deported.

"But the administration shouldn’t get a pass on the violent hell that has been unleashed in Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador. The United States has great sway over what (in a less-enlightened age) used to be called America’s backyard. The Obama administration knows it, too, because it wields that influence with gusto in Central America. If it wanted to help quell the turmoil, it would pursue policies aimed at alleviating the crisis. Instead, the administration props up bad actors who have always disliked America and beats up on long-standing friends."

Here's the link: 

http://nationalinterest.org/feature/obamas-central-american-follies-10718

Read this and pass it along. (Attn: Richard Fernandez; would love to see you address this issue hard...)
7 weeks ago
7 weeks ago Link To Comment
"...no one tried harder than I did to keep the two parties talking about how to move forward on immigration"

We need to "move backward" on immigration, because something is 'rotten in Washington" when a group of illegal aliens can storm the country's borders and demand that we make them citizens immediately with all the rights and privileges that go with citizenship. There is no logic in this mess; there is no rationale for it to continue; there is no 'humanitarian' justification for allowing outlaw elements into our society.

To paraphrase the Johnny Horton song of the fifties: 'North to the U.S., go North, the rush is on."
7 weeks ago
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heck, dear leader is just doing what he does best, getting people killed.

f & f = thousands dead using u.s. to drug cartel gifted (unmarked) weapons.
Benghazi.
pulled out w/o securing Iraq.
h.c. death panels.
drones killing anybody and everybody.
v.a. scandal = dead vets.

and now he is, by his actions and inactions, getting thousands of poor children killed.

what a guy!

and this is the best progressive have.

7 weeks ago
7 weeks ago Link To Comment
Kids are coming here alone into LA and NY and Chicago to escape gangs and drugs?

If that's the case they should right on going and cross the Canadian border.

These kids are being coached to say they are running from drug cartels. By whom? By the gangsters who are smuggling them here. Harkin is a pathological liar and a hard leftist...but I repeat myself.

A report said that 80% of the "kids" were males over 16.

We have a hard enough time getting any truth out of the corrupt media, articles that promote propaganda don't help.

Immigration "reform" got exposed by throwing 90,000 juveniles at it and watching what stuck. The borders are a sieve and the economy is crashing. We have no money to recklessly throw open our borders. Those five Taliban masterminds don't have to plot to mass murder us, they can waltz into our southern border and begin blowing us up at will.
7 weeks ago
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