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Dems Determined to Force Vote on Immigration Reform

“Now's the time to put a discharge petition on the floor, to force this issue, because there are so many people whose lives are at stake.”

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Bill Straub

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March 26, 2014 - 7:57 am
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WASHINGTON – House Democrats are looking to further pressure majority Republicans on the sensitive issue of immigration reform this week with the launching of a discharge petition to force a vote.

“That’s because we simply have stalled,” caucus chairman Xaiver Becerra (D-Calif.) told reporters Tuesday after a closed-door meeting. “House Republicans have stalled over and over and over again on bringing a bill to the floor. Is there a certain degree of frustration? You’d better believe it. But we’re not nearly as frustrated here on the Democratic side of the House as the American people have been.”

Rep. Judy Chu (D-Calif.) said “now’s the time to put a discharge petition on the floor, to force this issue, because there are so many people whose lives are at stake.”

“And I urge every Republican to sign this discharge petition so that we can address this issue and make sure that we move ahead as a country,” Chu added.

Democrats launched a public petition today at Dems.gov/TimeIsNow and the Twitter hashtag #DemandAVote in an attempt to amp up the pressure.

“Today, I am demanding a vote on comprehensive immigration reform legislation,” Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) said this morning after signing the discharge petition on the House floor. “It is time for Speaker Boehner to stop blocking this sensible bipartisan reform, and allow a vote to create jobs, empower our small businesses, fuel innovation, reduce the deficit and energize the economy. It is time for us to fix our broken immigration system, and build a system that respects our history and our values as a nation.”

The effort will almost assuredly fail – Democrats control only 199 seats in the 435-member lower chamber and few if any Republicans are expected to ink the demand, which requires 218 signatures. But the new initiative could draw renewed attention to an issue that has languished over the past few months with GOP lawmakers seemingly unable to reach a consensus.

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has expressed a desire to address immigration this session but fellow Republican lawmakers do not appear eager to move ahead, with many expressing a desire to wait until after the November elections, hoping to strike a better deal if Republicans assume control of the Senate.

That wait-and-see attitude is not popular with Latino leaders who have been pushing for consideration.

“House Republican leadership has hidden behind excuse after excuse for why they cannot move forward with immigration reform,” said Clarissa Martínez-De-Castro, director of Immigration and Civic Engagement at the National Council of La Raza, the nation’s largest Latino group. “Political choices have consequences, and how they handle immigration reform in the next ten months will impact the political landscape over the next decade.”

Martinez-De-Castro asserted that Latinos “won’t sit idly by while thousands more family members and friends get deported every day.”

“Our community will continue to pressure House Republicans to act and the White House to intervene in unnecessary deportations,” she said. “We will raise our voice at the voting booth, where we will remember who championed immigration reform and who stood in the way of progress.”

More than 11 million Latinos cast ballots in the 2012 election – mostly for Democrats. The Hispanic vote grew by 15 percent between 2008 and 2012 — compared to 10 percent for African-Americans and minus-two percent for white citizens. Latino voting strength is expected to grow with an average of 880,000 young Latino citizens turning 18 each year and becoming eligible to register.

Democrats are hoping to force a vote on House Resolution 15, legislation similar to the bipartisan reform bill that passed the Senate last year. That measure offers illegal immigrants who have resided in the U.S. since Dec. 13, 2011, an opportunity to seek provisional legal status that allows them to work but renders them ineligible for federal benefits. They must pay a penalty, taxes and a processing fee and can only apply for permanent status after 10 years. A new visa program for low-skilled workers would also be developed.

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The Dirty Little "Secret": The reason that politician supporters of "Comprehensive Immigration Reform" want it is so that they and/or their campaign contributors can have serf labor. They would probably prefer actual out-and-out slaves but that is illegal. "Comprehensive Immigration Reform" Democrats, like Obama, also want it so that those who are now illegal can become legal and vote for them, if they aren't voting for them already.

Does anyone think that any of these "Comprehensive Immigration Reform" politicians actually care one wit otherwise for the illegals. Does anyone think that any of the "Comprehensive Immigration Reform" politicians are going to invite these Mexican Indios and Mezclados to join their elite/exclusive golf clubs? Come to live in their gated communities, other than as servants? Invite them to their yachts, other than as low paid deck hands and/or servants? Invite them to their cocktail parties? Introduce them to their daughters?

The big majority of the Mexicans who have come here/will come here are Indios and Mezclados, not the Spanish descendant fair-skinned ruling class of Mexico. This is a form of ethnic cleansing by Mexico's ruling class. So these "Comprehensive Immigration Reform" politicians are aiding and abetting and facilitating ethnic cleansing. If the U.N. were not such a joke, they would all be standing trial for trying to reintroduce a form of latter-day-slavery in the United States and for the mass ethnic cleansing of Mexico.
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This is ALL about votes. Anything else is a bald-faced LIE. We were given the same arguments in 1986, when "immigration reform" was passed. So what the Hell are the Democrats whining about now? WE were promised in 1986 that the borders would be SECURED and that there would be internal ENFORCEMENT of our immigration laws. All of this was done in exchange for amnesty for 3 million illegals. The American people were LIED to. The borders WERE NOT secured and internal ENFORCEMENT is a joke. Now we have another 12 million illegals DEMANDING amnesty. The system is not "broken" our congress IS broken. No amnesty, not now not ever.
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Hah! It's got nothing to do with lives at stake. It's VOTES at stake. They KNOW that after the next election, they won't have the votes to pass it.
Crooks.
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We know how the dems will vote. It would be useful to help republicans sort out those of their own who should be challenged for re-election in the primaries.
34 weeks ago
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A democrat finally said something right. There are roughly 320 million American citizen lives at stake.
34 weeks ago
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America is feminized and ready to give birth to fundamental change with the injection of tens of millions of third world spermigrants. Obama has pimped America to the third world. The border patrol is a leaky condom and Texas is the vagina holding the resevoir end.
34 weeks ago
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Your taxes will be assigned to support illegal aliens when Amnesty is the law. If you don’t believe that surprise is buried in Obamacare, see
http://www.kaiserhealthnews.org/stories/2012/october/11/health-care-immigrants.aspx
This is your money being given away. Please get out and VOTE in the Primary elections and in the 2014 November mid-term election.
35 weeks ago
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guess libs don't care about unemployment and how flooding a job market with illegals, could make wages go down further.

Seems we should recall how 20 years ago Harry Reid was firmly against illegal immigration, and spoke eloquently about the costs that we have to incur, when libs want to promote violating our sovereign status, and have no care or concern with the laws of the land.
35 weeks ago
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"They must pay a penalty, taxes..."

Not true. Stop with the disingenuous talking points.
35 weeks ago
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they see the writing on the wall on immigration in EUROPE. the Swiss voted to stop 3d world immigration, and in France, the anti immigrant party just won some local elections.

their people have spoken, and our politicians know WE DONT WANT amnesty. so they have to try to cram it through before the window closes.
35 weeks ago
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It's to bad we stayed in Afghanistan after the moon god worshipers got their arse handed to them in the first few months.

We could have been in Mexico developing the southern border with a neighbor that wants to work, and prays to the same G-d we do. But, that's not the agenda.

The agenda is to destroy American culture of hard work, and self reliance to one of big government programs, the State becoming god, and poor illegal aliens getting crumbs for votes. The CFR North American Union is just around the corner.
35 weeks ago
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Well, hasn’t Comrade O made a mess of things; forcing demoids to push for ‘immigration reform’ when they are the ones most responsible for breaking the system that existed before they began emasculating it?

And why are the ones that break into the country so extra special entitled to American citizenship? Why not give it to everyone in Mexico or even everyone in the world? What’s with this fixation on lawbreakers? Even the average dem can appreciate this argument.
35 weeks ago
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The key here is to dilute the voter base, consequences be damned. The party of Anarchy will do anything to accomplish that mission and avoid getting trounced in November while the party of Timidity doesn't have the courage to stop them. It may not have the desired outcome but they don't care because it's just another nail in the coffin they're building for the America they hate.
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