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December 22, 2013 - 5:18 am
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Harry Reid isn’t helping his cause by making the speaker of the House look weak in the knees. But it’s probably close to the truth — depending on your point of view. With the budget battle pushed to the sidelines and the debt ceiling looming in February, there appears to be a small window where the House could take up the piecemeal immigration bills that Boehner has indicated he wants to bring to the floor. Meanwhile, Reid insists that Boehner must go to conference willing to deal on the 1200 page comprehensive reform package passed by the Senate last year.

The question will be: what happens at a conference committee to reconcile the two approaches?

The Hill reports:

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) believes Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) will negotiate on comprehensive immigration reform next year, despite his declarations to the contrary.

The Democratic leader argued that Boehner has a new willingness to confront Tea Party groups and this, in turn, gives Reid confidence that he will not have to break up the Senate immigration bill to negotiate a series of piecemeal reforms with the House.

“I think that John Boehner will conference with the Senate. Why wouldn’t he? He’ll have a lot of pressure from his members now that the election is getting closer,” Reid said in an interview with The Hill.

“Some of his members are in very marginal districts where they need to do something on immigration,” he added.

Boehner has vowed he will not let the Senate bill, which spans more than 1,200 pages, reach the negotiating table. The most controversial element of the package is a provision granting a pathway to citizenship for millions of illegal immigrants.

“We have no intention of ever going to conference on the Senate bill,” Boehner told reporters last month.

A spokesman for Boehner said his boss is sticking to his strategy.

“The Speaker has been very clear that the House will only address immigration reform in a step-by-step common-sense manner,” said Boehner spokesman Michael Steel.

Boehner has been under pressure from conservative members of his conference not to pass even smaller pieces of immigration reform.

They fear being strategically outmaneuvered. Narrowly-tailored legislation on border security or work visas could be combined with the Senate’s comprehensive bill and then returned to the House floor for an up-or-down vote, they fear.

Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), a Tea Party favorite, has organized a group of conservatives pledging to vote against any immigration reform bill to prevent Democrats from using it as a legislative vehicle to enact the pathway to citizenship.

Even Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), a co-sponsor of the Senate bill, has backed away from calls to go to conference with the comprehensive measure.

“At this point, the most realistic way to make progress on immigration would be through a series of individual bills,” Rubio spokesman Alex Conant said in October.

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Boehner will "cave"??? Seriously?? Boehner and the rest of the clowns in the ruling class WANT amnesty for illegal aliens! Stop pretending that old Weepy has any desire whatsoever to fight for even one single value that the base holds dear. He's a junior democrat, more interested in a pat on the head from his pimp Obama than he is in fighting for what's left of our country.
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Since large parts of the civil and law enforcement community selectively choose what parts of the current immigration laws to keep and ignore the rest, why does it matter whether we get strong, weak, passive or permissive new immigration laws? They'll do whatever they please anyway.

Suppose for a moment that strong legislation is passed that encourages legal immigration, effectively tracks visa holders and foreign nationals and has civil and criminal discouragements for those who are here illegally...Why would such a law get enforced when our current immigration laws are not? We have de facto amnesty, why go through the pretense of condemning it while attempting to make it de jure? Enforce the laws we have, punish officials who fail to enforce these laws, then perhaps we can discuss rewriting or replacing them.
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Boehners days are numbered. It wouldn't surprise me one bit that he would feather his own nest at the expense of his party, the country, and liberty. It fits.
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the fact that reid thinks Boehner will cave shows no intention on the part of reid to compromise.

Caving isn't a compromise.
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Well, guess what folks, i hear lots of conservative republicians mention how great Texas is, guess who is number 2 in illegal immirgation and guest what govnerors illegal immirgation got worst under Bush and Perry. Hispanic Pew has Texas between 1.7 and 2.0 million. The rinos and Tea Party types like Ted Cruz want a lot of guest worker programs not new here. Years ago for states like Texas there should have been a guest worker program that would have deported the Vista overstays the biggest problem in the current immigration system In fact according to Hispanic Pew Texas has been the last 3 year growing about 50,000 a year in illegal immigrants because wealthy whites there hire them for day labor and construction and restaurant companies hire them too. In fact numbers USA show more opposition to immigration reform in Iowa a purplish
state.
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Uh, here's a newsflash: States aren't allowed to enforce border security. Blaming the governors of border states for any increase of illegals into their state is beyond ignorant.
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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) believes Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) will negotiate on comprehensive immigration reform next year...

How blithely we accept the name immigratin reform for what is actually an en masse amnesty to reward criminal behavior with membership in the club. If these proposed bills really were for reform, then how about we begin enforcing the law after a four decade hiatus? Why not? Whoops, I forgot: the socialists want millions of new guaranteed votes, and welfare clients; the Wall Street Journal crowd wants the cheap labor. That's why not.

Ever noticed that the 11 million number just seems to hover there? Recently the news entertainers started bandying about 20 million. Add to that core family relatives, which is apparently an unchangeable law, and voila! You've got 40 million meso-Americans calling themselves Hispanics, a mythical race invented by, you guessed it, that old RINO Dick Nixon.
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Reid is right. He knows the Republicans have no spines and will fold faster than a cheap umbrella.

The real question is why we continue to vote for these spineless losers.
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They only "caving," Harry, is Vegas. And I hope it goes soon. There are a lot of illegals needing power in SoCal.
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It's not caving when you support undermining the American worker for big payoffs from Big Business and the Chamber of Commerce.

It's called being bought and paid for.
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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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