On Immigration Reform: Enough With the Excuses

100 women advocates risked arrest to show their support for immigration reform.

100 women advocates blocked traffic outside the Capitol, and were arrested this past fall to protest the inaction on immigration reform.

Latinos, Republicans, and editorial pages are pushing back on the excuses made by House Republican leadership.

We have heard Speaker Boehner, Majority Leader Cantor, and Majority Whip McCarthy hem and haw over whether they are going to introduce legislation for months.  First they were only going to move legislation forward if they could garner the support of the majority (even though there are enough votes in the House to pass legislation).  Then they suggested that immigration reform should wait until next year.  Now their latest excuse is that they simply can’t trust the president to enforce our immigration laws.  Really?

Let’s take a closer look at immigration enforcement. Under President Obama, the budget for immigration enforcement has skyrocketed to about $18 billion.

403x403_Immigration-Valentines-day-share-graphic_finalAnd that funding is being put to use.  Since the president has taken office, nearly two million undocumented immigrants have been deported.  In fact, between July 1, 2010 and September 30, 2012, the Obama administration deported 204,000 parents of U.S. citizens. The numbers don’t lie—President Obama has deported more undocumented immigrants than any other president in this country’s history.

The “widespread doubt” that Republicans have over whether the president  will enforce our immigration laws is nothing but an excuse.  The reality is that more families than ever before have been torn apart because House Republican leadership would rather continue with political gamesmanship than pass legislation that the majority of Americans want and that our country needs.

We are tired of excuses.  We want solutions.  And we are not willing to wait another year.  Conservative pundits such as George Will are making the case to Republican leadership for action this year.  John Feehery, who worked for former Speaker Dennis Hastert, stated, “Demographic changes will only get worse for Republicans unless we change the party’s attitudes towards immigrants and immigrants’ attitudes toward the party.  And that can’t happen until we fix our broken immigration system.”

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Editorial pages across the country are also fed up with the excuses and urging House Republican leadership to act.  Meanwhile, polls continue to show that American voters, both Democrats and Republicans, support immigration reform with a road to citizenship.

So excuses aren’t going to cut it, and it would be in the best interest of the Republican House leadership to demonstrate that they can work in a bipartisan fashion by moving immigration reform this year.

8 thoughts on “On Immigration Reform: Enough With the Excuses

  1. Most in the GOP and Democratic Party support lawful and legal immigration. Open Borders is not an acceptable policy, and our Southern neighbor agrees.

  2. The sole reason the Obama administration deported more illegal immigrants is there are more of them here now. I am a Conservative and we were lied to when Reagan gave amnesty to illegals in 1986. The borders were supposed to be secured–they were not. We are tired of excuses, too. We want the borders secured and illegals deported. Illegals broke the law when they invaded our country. We don’t want law breakers to be citizens. All immigration will be is a bigger burden on the middle class citizens. Illegals come from socialistic countries and will demand more welfare entitlements. Go back to where you came from and stand in line for legal immigration.

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  4. “So excuses aren’t going to cut it, and it would be in the best interest of the Republican House leadership to demonstrate that they can work in a bipartisan fashion by moving immigration reform this year.”

    Or else what? Empty threats are made by desperate men.

  5. Stand in line? i was born in europe, my grandmother and mother are US citizens, and i have to wait in line minimum 7 years, longer if i get married. They should take care first atleast those who are doing legal way. Many of those who crossed border they had chance thru family get green card too, but waiting 20 yearas in some countries is hard.

    Also those people who wait so many years to get green card, especially waiting here, are withouth good or easy way to invest here, because not sure how long and how will endup ther case, cannot work or be productive, if work they do in the dark, cannot go to better school because prices are higher for those who is not resident, so many years are passing and everyone gets older and by the time we get green card we lost many years of possible taxes. Getting old, sick, less productive. I just can imenage that after 7-to 23 years of waiting here or even in home country, US ends up with older people and give them green cards then they can use the system because cannot find job , too late for school, use SS benefits , food stamps and whatever else.

    It is just fair to either deport all, or give a chance, better than live in unnown.

    Those who hate immigrants, i just wonder where they came from originally?
    Only original people on this land are Indians, who been kind of deported,
    so maybe deport those who are againts reform?

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  7. The more the Republicans ignore the growing Hispanic vote the more they will regret it in future elections. After all they will get to vote eventually and they wont forget all this BS. As for every one else spare me your facts. Obama got re-elected with the help a the Hispanic vote and we all got to see how quickly the reps changed their tunes on Immigration reform.

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