Get PJ Media on your Apple

The PJ Tatler

by
Bridget Johnson

Bio

October 2, 2013 - 7:36 pm

It may have been odd timing for the House Democratic caucus to resurrect this issue, but today Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and others held a press conference on the Hill to push for comprehensive immigration reform.

And the more they talked about their short-term goals for this long-term overhaul, the more it became evident that this won’t be simply a long-dormant bill in negotiations to come.

Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-Calif.) acknowledged the continuing budget resolution is first on the agenda, adding “our job, when we get elected to Congress, is to make things work, and to help Americans thrive and prosper, and so we understand that.”

“So we’re all here together to say this, the time is now to pass comprehensive immigration reform. And we know that today, the votes exist in the House of Representatives, to compliment, to match our Senate colleagues, and pass a bill that does exactly that, fixes our broken immigration system, including providing a path to legal residency, and ultimately to citizenship, to millions of people who work very hard every day in this country,” Becerra said.

“So we want to tell our colleagues in the House, Republicans and Democrats, that we’re ready to move. We stand here telling you we’re ready to move, and we believe we’re going to have many, many supporters of this legislation. We hope it’s a bipartisan level of support, but we’re ready to move, and we want to prove to our Republican colleagues that we’re ready to move with them, by presenting a bill that will be not just a Democratic dream come true, but a bill that has proven to get bipartisan votes in the Senate and the House.”

Pelosi said coming forward with immigration reform now is “about restoring confidence in who we are as a people, by and large, a nation of immigrants, with all respect and love for our native American brothers and sisters.”

“We believe that every newcomer to our country who brings his or her hopes, aspirations, dreams, determination, for a better future for his or her family, makes America more American by subscribing to that spirit of optimism that is our country,” she said.

The conference was called to coincide with Rep. Joe Garcia’s (D-Fla.) introduction of, by his own admission, an imperfect immigration bill.

The legislation, H.R. 15, is based on S.744, the Senate’s bipartisan immigration bill, but eliminates the border security language of the Senate-passed bill. In its place is new border security language drafted by Reps. Mike McCaul (R-Texas) and Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.), which requires the Department of Homeland Security to craft a strategy for “operational control” of the border. It allows two years for DHS to attain “situational awareness” after passage of the bill and another two years for implementation of a strategy.

“Here’s what we know, we know Republicans like Ronald Reagan and George Bush, to John McCain, champion immigration reform. There is no reason why our Republican colleagues cannot follow their lead, in their footsteps, to pass a comprehensive immigration bill,” Garcia said, finishing off his remarks in Spanish.

Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.), a co-sponsor, said immigration is “truly is the economic engine that’s grown our economy for generations, and what better time than amid the partisan dysfunction in D.C., to show that we can come together around bipartisan solutions, around an issue that is so important for our country and for our future.”

“For years, we have heard from people across the political spectrum, about the need to pass immigration reform,” he added. “From the business community, from the faith-based — from the faith community, from organized labor, to farm workers, to high tech companies, to families in my district that have been torn apart over a tail light being out, or over a speeding ticket.”

Democrats indicated they don’t want to “push this forward until next year,” suggesting that bringing a bill to the floor might be included in any grand bargain struck with House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) over the debt ceiling.

Unwilling to compromise on the continuing resolution, Pelosi said she wants Republicans to compromise on a path to citizenship for 11 million illegal immigrants.

“Whatever passes in the House and goes to the table, is — the conference table, we would hope would have comprehensive immigration reform in it,” she said. “Doesn’t mean we wouldn’t vote for a bill that doesn’t, but it does mean that when we leave the table, it will have comprehensive immigration reform that leads to a path to citizenship.”

Bridget Johnson is a career journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

Comments are closed.

All Comments   (16)
All Comments   (16)
Sort: Newest Oldest Top Rated
Lupe, your comment is immaterial, incompetent and immaterial. Stuff it! Marla, you are a jewel! Perzactly! And no real reform is even contemplated by the demonrats. They want to bring in millions of leftist voters and their children, cousins, aunts, uncles, friends, etc., and establish a mexican majority in our electorate. Then they can vote themselves a free ride forever. We have real unemployment of about 15% now, so why would we bring in millions of additional unemployed? And why would we deliberately destroy the republic by giving political control to a collocation of tincuppers?
27 weeks ago
27 weeks ago Link To Comment
my classmate's mom makes $69 hourly on the laptop. She has been laid off for 6 months but last month her pay was $16262 just working on the laptop for a few hours. website link......

http://www.jobs53.com
28 weeks ago
28 weeks ago Link To Comment
Obama's strategy is to divide the GOP and make it a permanent minority party. He has been quite open about it. The House GOP is solidly behind elimination of Obamacare. On the other hand, some allies on defunding/delaying Obamacare strongly and honestly disagree about immigration reform. A tried and true way to break up a solid coalition is to get allies arguing about another issue, engendering anger, distrust and lack of cooperation across the board, even on issues members were formerly presenting a united front on.
Table immigration reform for now, no matter what. If Obama wants to continue to reform our immigration policies, he can start by enforcing the laws Congress has already passed. We can go from there when he's exhausted all avenues Congress has already given him.
28 weeks ago
28 weeks ago Link To Comment
Create a crisis- take advantage of the crisis, even if the taking advantage has nothing to do with the crisis. The debate is the economy, including debt, Obamacare (i.e. seizing control of 1/6 of the economy), and the budget. Why not grab a little immigration reform/ amnesty for future Democratic voters, it only makes sense- to Pelosi, Reid and Obama.
28 weeks ago
28 weeks ago Link To Comment
they must be joking

They can't get together on a budget, on deficit reduction, but they want to add this boon doggel
28 weeks ago
28 weeks ago Link To Comment
Hmm....could it be the shutdown in conjunction with the dismal rollout of Obamacare is so bad the democrats feel the need to shift their base's focus to some other cause so as to avoid focusing too much on how badly things are going for them right now?

I'd really...REALLY....love to see what their internal poll numbers are saying right now.
28 weeks ago
28 weeks ago Link To Comment
Oh, and even better, if they can get this through with bi-partisan support, how much worse will the shutdown look?

"See? We could agree and work together on this, so why are they being so inflexible on that?"
28 weeks ago
28 weeks ago Link To Comment
Rep. Becerra says he wants immigration reform "...to make things work, and to help Americans thrive and prosper". Would he consider 2 simple things?
1) No dual citizenship
2). Let the U.S. enforce it's border laws like Mexico does when illegals enter its country and most of the rest of the world does for foreigners entering their countries (e.g., http://michellemalkin.com/2010/04/28/police-state-how-mexico-treats-illegal-aliens/)
28 weeks ago
28 weeks ago Link To Comment
Which "americans" is he referring to - the ones who have been here for generations and do most of the heavy lifting of trying to make this foundering country work or the ones who slipped illegally over the border and stole the title because they felt they should be entitled to it?
28 weeks ago
28 weeks ago Link To Comment
Amigos – comrades – muchachos – friends, we are gathered here as an edifice of the great glory that is now vanishing before our very eyes and the intuitive feeling, based on the assumption as Mencken once proclaimed, “He who underestimates the American public will never go broke.” This is merely a small indication to behold and to perceive that which has gone way into the behind and to that which might project .. I mean go forward … out of the mouth … i mean .. the future…we’ve got to rip up the constitution so we can rip down those outdated and inconvenient borders! This is the main detergent ... I mean main deterrent ... upon which we have gathered our strength and to all the others who say, “What the hell did that get?” – We don’t yet know.

Clearly today we must all be gravely aware that political expediency and latino ethnicity take precedence over rule of law and constitutional procedure. However you say – WTF ! – what the Hell does this mean… in relation to the tabulation whereby we must finally realize that the great reconquesta story is now being rehearsed before our very eyes, in the rise of Marco Rubio… indicating that only a two-faced … I mean a fork-faced ... I mean a bi-faced … I mean a bi-polar … I mean a bi-lingual hombre can receive…the award for reconquesta, unlike Kenyan Hussein Obama whose reconquesta plans don’t drink water.

And as Miller once said in one of his great novels- what did he … that language is only necessary when bilingual communication is endangered. And you sit there bewildered, and Pinter who went further said “It is not the lack of communication, but fear of communication.” That’s what the damn thing is that we fear – communication – especially all the Spanish communication that’s even on a box of Wheaties now.
Damn it! And through all this John McCain has attained, and has created for himswlf serenity, and it is only his senility that is keeping him alive in his insanity.

Moving right along in my brief remarks ... ... Senors y Senoritas, Ladies and Gentlemen, Peeps and Peepettes, Rulers and Ruled, the time will soon come when a first world America will outlive its usefulness. Marx, either Groucho or Karl, I can’t remember which, maybe it was both or maybe it was Harpo, once said that America is the opiate of the people. I say that when America outlives its usefulness and becomes a majority Mexican nation , then opium…will be the opiate…Ahh that’s not a bad idea… we are going to need that badly especially when all the booze runs out …

And the completely and totally unbiased and bi-partisan panel, has determined to give the grand prize to Marco Rubio for his EARNESTY’S RAINBOW. Now EARNESTY’S RAINBOW is a token of this man’s genius…he told me so himself and repeatedly … that he could change perceptions by calling his plan for knocking down those pesky borders EARNESTY …in other words, he could have been a little more specific, but rather than allude to an articulation of the mundane, he has come to the conclusion that brevity
is the importance of our nation’s shallow and selfish first world existence. God damn!

Marco Rubio’s . EARNESTY’S RAINBOW – is a small contribution to a certain degree, since there are over seven billion people in the world today. 315 of them … million live in the United States which is a very, very small amount compared to those who will be miserable and enslaved and dying elsewhere…Well, I say that you will be on the road to new horizons, for we who live in a society where citizenship is a commodity and a politician can become a TV personality and very wealthy, it’s not easy to conform if you have any morality at all…I, I, I said that myself many years ago…

But I do want to thank la Raza…I mean the RNC … I mean the DNC and it’s subsidiary the RNC, the organization for the $500 in affirmative action latino scholarships they’ve given out…tonight they took in over $5,000,000, but they do have expenses for their brilliant consultants you know, and I think that I have another appointment. I certainly hope so. I would like to stay here, but for the sake of brevity I, I must leave. I do want to thank you, and I want to thank the founding fathers for all the sacrifices they made however much they were in vain but now, most of all, and looking into the failure ... I mean the future .. I want to thank Marco Rubio – acting el Presidenta of Juarez la Raza Mexiamerica and Paul Ryan – acting First Lady of Juarez la Raza Mexiamerica and also Mr. Obama – acting Pharaoh and Peeping Tom ... I mean Spy Master and Drone Commander of the World – and also I want to thank Professor Irwin Corey and again, thank you. …
..
28 weeks ago
28 weeks ago Link To Comment
If they can establish Obamacare and immigration deform before the next congressional elections then they needn't much worry how those elections go.
28 weeks ago
28 weeks ago Link To Comment
Fundamental transformation complete. Total destruction of the old order.
28 weeks ago
28 weeks ago Link To Comment
It's hard to believe he got away with making that statement without being hounded for an answer as to what would be the transformation.
28 weeks ago
28 weeks ago Link To Comment
There is only one road ahead, RINO hunting.
28 weeks ago
28 weeks ago Link To Comment
1 2 Next View All