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June 5, 2013 - 2:36 pm

Can’t say I’m surprised since House Democrats want a bill as close to the Senate version of immigration reform as possible — something they are not going to get and it now appears doubtful that any proposed comprehensive legislation will come out of the House at all.

ABC News:

Bipartisan meetings in the House of Representatives on a comprehensive immigration reform bill have failed, and the congressmen will meet for the last time today without reaching an agreement on a House bill, ABC News has learned.

The stumbling block is GOP insistence that newly legalized workers now working in the shadows have no access to government-sponsored health care during their 15-year pathway to citizenship, according to two sources with access to the secret house “Gang of 8″ meetings.

Democrats say that since these newly legalized immigrants would be paying taxes they should be eligible for benefits.

The stalemate is not expected to be solved and any immigration legislation from the House would likely proceed in piecemeal fashion.

This latest development represents a huge blow to immigration reform advocates because the House is likely to pass several smaller bills that address immigration reform, but would not include a pathway to citizenship. It creates a much longer and arduous legislative road to a bill President Obama would be willing to sign.

A comprehensive approach to immigration reform never had much chance in the House — too many poison pills for Republicans and the Democrats were unwilling to accede to GOP demands on almost everything.

If Obama is smart, he’ll take what he can get on immigration reform. This would probably be a generous guest worker program, border security provisions, mandatory use of e-verify, a visa simplification process, and perhaps, some kind of a “path to legality” for illegal aliens already here. It won’t be in comprehensive form, but rather a series of stand alone bills that may — or may not — be taken up serially.

Once again, the president has failed to lead on an issue that he considers of vital importance to the nation. He handed the ball to the “Gang of Eight” in the House and Senate and told them to have at it. He has made pretty speeches to adoring fans but when it comes to doing the scut work and getting in the trenches to fight for what he believes, he comes up short.

A pathetic excuse for a president.

Rick Moran is PJ Media's Chicago editor and Blog editor at The American Thinker. He is also host of the"RINO Hour of Power" on Blog Talk Radio. His own blog is Right Wing Nut House.

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Good!! Any reform that does not secure the southern border first and foremost is a joke. Secondly, IMHO you don't REWARD criminals for breaking the law. What part of "illegal" is GD hard to understand for the low information voters?
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Rick -- you're not exactly being fair. Obama has spent a good deal of time (campaign and in office) speaking to what he wants for immigration reform.

"If Obama is smart, he’ll take what he can get on immigration reform."

Why would you make such a supposition? The long list of critical work in the congress 'obstructed' and 'divered by the GOP during the least productive congress in history is going to come back to bite the GOP in 2014 and 2016. Its either a 'reasonable' pathway or deport 11M illegals. Its either a 'reasonable' worker program or no worker program.

Using Pew polling (05/2013) as other 'legitimate' polling closely mirrors, 73% of Americans believe the illegal immigrants should have a legal means of staying having met certain criteria. That doesn't bode well for the GOP obstr4ucting immigration reform. Heres the kicker! While only 51% thought it important to reach immigration reform this year, heres what the overwhelming majority polled wanted more immediate action on from the congress: Major deficit reduction = 70%. Now add to this the polling of the most important issues on the minds of Americans, like jobs and the economy, theres a problem ahead for the GOP who is consumed with conspiracy investigations in the numbers and growing, while jobs and the economy are again starting to head towards even bigger problems.

The dems are going to throw GOP obstruction and ignoring the nations most critical issues over far, far lesser issues, in every campaign speech and ad for 2014 and 2016.

Lastly! How these generations of today ever arrived at believing the president legislates is beyond me. All the president can do constitutionally, is ask the congress to legislate something. All previous presidents who have written proposed legislation and submitted it to congress is what began to corrupt government. ALL those Executive Branch legislative proposals written by previous presidents were written by corrupted, self serving, private sector special interest groups. I have to give Obama a star or two for refusing to subject such self serving, special interest groups proposed legislation to congress. Thus far, I think Obama's visitor logs will eventually show he has had the least number of 'privately' held layovers and meetings with the private sector special interest 'visitors' than most presidents post WWII.

http://www.pewresearch.org/2013/05/16/immigration-tip-sheet-on-u-s-public-opinion/

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His failure to lead is intentional. He realizes this is a non-issue issue. If he fails, so what? (at least insofar as public opinion). And if it fails, he can use it as a political cudgel for 2014. He really has nothing to lose by losing, and otherwise everything to win by expecting (not without good reason) a complete GOP cave.
1 year ago
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"Once again, the president has failed to lead on an issue that he considers of vital importance to the nation."

He delegated that responsibility to Rubio the Rat.
1 year ago
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Rubio also lead on aiding al Qaeda in Libya.
1 year ago
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Rubio reported to be scrambling around like a rat in a daze.
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"Democrats say that since these newly legalized immigrants would be paying taxes they should be eligible for benefits."

They would be paying taxes? Isn't that quite an assumption? Let's let them pay some taxes for awhile, first, then we'll talk. How about they pay 5 years of taxes before they become eligible. I don't mean tax returns where they get EIC, for which they should also not be eligible. I mean 5 years straight of actually paying taxes. And no eligibility for SS/Medicare until they have paid taxes for at least... what, 30 or 40 years?
1 year ago
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Marc -- Do a search of the below. Its never been an "assmption" that illegal immigrants pay taxes or that they substantially contribute to the national economy both in their labor and consumption.

U.S. illegal immigrants tax contribution data
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I know the facts, Zeke. I do. The fact is, every illegal immigrant is, on average, a net tax loss to the tune now of about 18k each.

Do they contribute to the economy? Not as much as legal citizens. The work they do would still be done, just by someone else. The products they buy would still get bought, if only via export.

It is a false choice you offer. It's this or none. No, that productivity would happen, anyway. There are more unemployed Americans than illegal immigrants. Well, maybe not, but it is hard to know for sure. Even if there are more illegals, they can be easily replaced with legal immigrants.
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You're simply wrong in all your conclusions as shown in exhaustive long running studies by all sides of the issue. As most activists do, you're choosing to look at only the data that you feel supports your position. You are looking at only the "cost" side and not the contributing side. How do I know this? You cited some erroneous net cost figure as your only citation. Ask yourself this question. If the work done predominately by the illegal work force was not a net gain to our national economy then why did our nation ever start an immigrant work program and let it continue largely without intervention for the past one hundred years? There is an economic answer with data to support the conclusions. Your conclusions on the other hand are purely politicized and activist motivated and void of legitimate data.

That said, let me speak to just a single issue. Nothing damages our national economy more than does inflation. Now if you had your way, consider inflating the goods and services the illegal wage structure benefits our nations by a range of 8.9 percent for high school dropouts, 4.9 percent for college graduates, 2.6 percent for high school graduates, and little change for workers with some college. These low skilled workers provide for the most essential goods and services for the american populace -- agri foodstuff production, food service, housing and remodeling construction, landscaping, commercial and steel construction, road construction, a wide range of domestic services, etc. Removing the immigrant worker would inflate the goods and services provided by the lowest two education skill levels by far more than 5.75% when adding benefits. Construction alone decreases the cost by about 10% benefiting the purchaser.

You may think you have a brillant idea but rest assurd yours and most americans wallets will not agree nor will the national economy. Compare the quality of work done by illegal Mexican immigrants to that of americans and see who you hire to come back. I wouldn't let anybody but a mexican crew build a house for me!
1 year ago
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Kill it. Then dig it up and kill it again.

We could try---just for giggles---actually closing the borders and enforcing the laws we already have on the books, tweaking such laws individually if and as needed.
1 year ago
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Executive Order legalizing the law breakers in 3...2...1.
1 year ago
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Well, that's what comes from "leading with your behind".

As for the nation, it will be better off passing needed legislation one item at a time. The ABSOLUTE FIRST PRIORITY is to secure the border., Then it makes sense to consider the other immigration issues. But, until Obama's regime decides to enforce the law and close the border, he shouldn't expect anyone to support any other "reform".
1 year ago
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Good. Politicians don't do "comprehensive" well. Not at all well.
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