House Democrats are promoting a discharge petition to force a vote on the Senate’s amnesty bill, and they’re not likely to get enough Republican support — 218 signatures – for it to work. But there is no shortage of pressure from outside groups for Congress to make amnesty law. In a moment of pure candidness, Chris Newman, general counsel for the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON), recently stated
The best way for a good [immigration] bill to pass this year is for the president to use his legal authority to reduce deportations and expand protections for illegals. That would compel House Republicans to come to the table in good faith.
In other words, Newman is asking President Obama to legislate unilaterally to protect illegal immigrants, until Republican lawmakers, having seen the error of their ways, vote for a bill that would make amnesty the law of the land.
House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) told donors and industry groups this week he is “hellbent on getting this done”, in reference to tackling so-called immigration reform before the November elections.
According to the Wall Street Journal (sub. req’d), a spokesman for Boehner said that no action is possible this year until President Obama “proves himself a trustworthy partner to Republicans.”
A year ago yesterday, the Senate introduced the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act (S. 744
). Since then, the House has not taken up the legislation due to President Obama’s refusal to enforce
federal laws — including current immigration laws
— he deems unworthy of enforcement and his unilateral creation of laws
Congress has not passed, not to mention the terrible policy
in the bill.
Growing impatient, President Obama called House Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA)Heritage ActionScorecardRep. Eric CantorHouse Republican Average55% Wednesday to ask House Republicans to hold a vote on the Senate-passed immigration overhaul, which would give amnesty to illegal immigrants.
House Republicans “seemingly [prefer] the status quo of a broken immigration system over meaningful reform”, the President said in a statement. “Meaningful reform” is, in this instance, a loaded term.
At last month’s House Republican retreat, GOP Leaders released a document laying out the “standards” for immigration reform. That plan, disguised as immigration reform, laid the groundwork for mass amnesty.
While House GOP leaders appear to be wavering on their plans, thanks to conservatives like you who spoke out against amnesty, political pressure to proceed is still potent as ever. Any proposed legislation will undoubtedly provide a vehicle for conference negotiations between the House and Senate on a larger amnesty package.
When House Republican leaders released their “Immigration Standards
” last week, analysis of the policy
almost immediately gave way to a debate over timing: should the amnesty-first proposal be pushed heading into a midterm election or delayed until the presidential primary cycle? Political strategists are asking the wrong question – bad policy is bad policy – but the decision will have major repercussions. So, what are the so-called strategists thinking?