Friday, May 10, 2013
How The GOP Will Kill Immigration Reform
It was not a great plan, but it was workable -- laying out both border security measures and a path to citizenship for those undocumented workers currently in the United States. The problem is that while national GOP leaders see the necessity of reaching out to Hispanic voters, their base (many of them anti-immigrant bigots) don't like the idea at all. They still dream of an America surrounded by a high wall and ruled by whites -- with the 11 million undocumented workers being deported.
It is a silly and unworkable dream, but it is theirs -- and now many teabaggers in Congress are taking up their fight. They know would be an electoral disaster to just kill the immigration bill outright, so they have devised a different plan. They plan to amend it to death. They are going to delay the bill as long as possible by inundating the process with amendment after amendment.
And they hope if the bill ever does make it to the floor for a vote, it will have so many right-wing amendments attached to it that it will not be a true reform bill -- but just a border security bill with onerous and ridiculous hoops for undocumented workers to jump through in an endless path just to remain in this country (without achieving citizenship). It would be a bill that no one could love, and would fail.
They seem to believe Hispanic voters are not very bright, and would not realize that they are doing nothing but trying to kill immigration reform -- not improve it. They are wrong, and if they continue down this path they might keep their bigoted primary voters happy, but they will not like what happens in the general election (especially the presidential election of 2016).
Here are just a few of the worst Republican amendments proposed so far (and there will be many, many more):