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House GOP Resisting Pressure to Rush an Immigration Bill

"This administration cannot be trusted to deliver on its promises to secure the border and enforce laws as part of a single, massive bill."

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Bill Straub

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July 17, 2013 - 12:19 am
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Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), one of the leading critics of the Senate bill, asserted that it provides “absolutely no benefits for Americans.” He added that there is “no momentum for amnesty in the House.”

“The bill does not promote or ensure any of the principles that we know will ensure a safer and more stable nation,” he said. “Those who voted for this bill sacrificed the rule of law for a meaningless political trophy. Now, we are left with a choice in the House. Conservatives who truly understand the direction that our nation is headed must lead our conference, and prove that the pillars of American exceptionalism will not collapse.”

Regardless, two of the primary architects of the Senate bill, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), remain optimistic that the lower chamber can develop an immigration package that can lead to a compromise.

Schumer said he found Boehner’s position that the issue needs to be addressed “encouraging.”

“We’re moving forward, and immigration reform, I think, has a strong future this year here in Washington,” Schumer said.

Carney also found that among House Republicans “there is a recognition that action has to be taken here. And we consider that a good sign that progress is possible.”

“We’re not going to game out how that progress is going to play out,” Carney said. “Obviously, there are leaders in the House and others who will decide what happens. But we believe that we need to act on comprehensive immigration reform. We believe that, as we demonstrated yesterday, the benefits of comprehensive immigration reform are enormous for the country. I mean we’re talking about $850 billion in deficit reduction.’’

One issue that might yet impede progress is the manner in which the House might approach the subject. Leadership remains reluctant to package disparate immigration measures into one bill, ala Obamacare, which remains the focus of overwhelming GOP enmity. The chance of the chamber developing an omnibus measure is slight, with lawmakers instead preferring a piece-by-piece approach that could eventually complicate negotiations with the Senate.

“While the Senate has every right to pass solutions it deems appropriate, the House does as well,” said Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, which is being called on to oversee immigration legislation. “That’s the American legislative process. Since the beginning of the year, the House Judiciary Committee has taken a step-by-step approach to reforming our nation’s immigration laws, embarking on a careful, methodical examination of various components of our immigration system.”

The Heritage Foundation, a key Washington-based conservative think tank, is among those organizations working against a wide-ranging immigration bill, maintaining that Congress should “begin by working on the solutions on which everyone can agree rather than insisting on a comprehensive approach that divides Americans.”

“Today, Washington defaults to turning every big issue into Obamacare — solutions that are labeled politically ‘too big to fail,’ but in practice not only fail to address root problems, but make those problems worse,” the foundation said in a report titled “Advancing the Immigration Nation: Heritage’s Positive Path to Immigration and Border Security Reform.”

“Repeating this practice will be a disaster for immigration and border security,” the report said. “Worse, if Americans acquiesce to a ‘comprehensive’ immigration bill they will send Washington yet another signal that they are satisfied with a government that just does ‘something’ rather than demanding governance that actually solves problems.”

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Washington freelancer Bill Straub is former White House correspondent for Scripps Howard News Service.

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Let the bill die in the house!!!!! Best strategy! Just enforce the laws we have.
39 weeks ago
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Require all workers to be able to pass a Universal Background Check for Employment - eVerify for All!
40 weeks ago
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The majority of Hispanics are NEVER going to vote for a Republican. They think their welfare and food stamps will stop. Just as the majority of American Jews (who are mainly liberal and brain dead) will NEVER vote for a Republican cause mom and dad voted Democratic from FDR to LBJ and well, you just don't. The blacks, forget it, always will be 98% Democrat, see comment above about Hispanic voters. So...Republicans need to write off these three groups and stop pandering, I know RINOS are hopeless, but Conservatives and Libertarians take note.
40 weeks ago
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Wanna bet this is a whole lot of hooey and phooey with all their false bluster of 'resistance'? Since when haven't RINO's caved, at least since Obama Inc took over? Never and never.

Playing to their base for 2014, they walk ever so gingerly. But make no mistake, the Demsters will ram this through, just as they did with ObamaCare. In fact, Ryan - of all people - is giving them cover through his economic baloney. Well, he is surely thinking of all the votes he can peel off from the Demsters, if he votes in this direction.

In any case, if past is prologue - http://adinakutnicki.com/2013/02/08/the-lefts-march-towards-totalitarian-rule-one-party-at-a-time-commentary-by-adina-kutnicki/

And that is that.
Adina Kutnicki, Israel http://adinakutnicki.com/about/
40 weeks ago
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though Obama and Holder are the faces we see now, we must remember this is not the first time. Ron Reagan got sucker punched with a democrats promise to secure the border later if he only reformed immigration first. That is how we wound up with so many illegals now. That was how many years ago and we are still hearing the same old song. Oh, well just give us amnesty today and we will secure the border as soon as we can. They still can't!
40 weeks ago
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The Acting-Like-A-President and his crony Eric the Red are not about to enforce any tough border control. Tell them to eff off until some responsible people are in charge.
40 weeks ago
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Rubio and McCain can't be trusted in the least either.
40 weeks ago
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Thomas Sowell: Paul Ryan’s argument for immigration reform ‘utter nonsense’ [http://dailycaller.com/2013/07/16/thomas-sowell-paul-ryans-argument-for-immigration-reform-utter-nonsense/]
40 weeks ago
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Obamacare killed comprehensive immigration reform. Obama killed the rule of law. Now we have rule by fiat. This is a constitutional crisis that will only be resolved when the courts and Congress fight back against the overreaching executive branch. The Sequester was a good start. Starve the DC boomtown beast.
40 weeks ago
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"President Obama, they said, “has also demonstrated he is willing to unilaterally delay or ignore significant portions of laws he himself has signed, raising concerns among Americans that this administration cannot be trusted to deliver on its promises to secure the border and enforce laws as part of a single, massive bill like the one passed by the Senate.”

Obama and Holder cannot be trusted, period ... only morons and pansies would allow these agitating Marxists to remain in office one more day; the evidence of their treason is now the stuff of legend and they have "demonstrated" beyond a shadow of a doubt, their hatred for the Constitution, the Bill of Rights and the rule of law; preferring instead their own Marxist ideology of subjugation and slavery.
Cowardice: When "white Hispanic" is simply invented as a term invented in an opportune moment in order to drum up racial division and the full force of government is used to manipulate evidence that gives "probable cause" where none exists, so as to go to trial (a real show trial); not one person anywhere mentions that Obama must by the "white Hispanic" example; be "white" himself; that by that example, Holder must be white .... ... we've allowed this to happen, by not calling Holder to account, and by remaining passive an afraid of challenging Obama. Sickening; absolutely sickeningly cowardly.
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