GOP and U.S. benefit from immigration reform

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HAHA read the headline….  IRRIGATION reform…. lol the conservative movement to legislate how I water my lawn….  thanks Daily Sentinel for the morning pick me up!!

Kudos to the Daily Sentinel for another timely editorial:  “GOP and U.S. benefit from immigration reform”.  After witnessing the destructive debacle of the “government shutdown” and threatened “debt ceiling” default, it appears that its editors are belatedly attempting to inject some common sense into local “Tea Party” lemmings and our fellow-traveling 3rd C.D. Representative Scott Tipton.

However, the Sentinel’s wistful re-endorsement of a “President Romney” entirely begs the underlying question.  Given the incessant anti-immigrant bashing that permeated the Republican primary debates in 2012 – not to mention Mitt’s own anti-minority “47%” – no Republican could have garnered a larger share of “the Hispanic vote”.  Moreover, any comparison to “compassionate conservative” George Bush’s 44% in 2004 is inapt, since “Shrub” could never have passed the right-wing conservatives’ “litmus tests” in 2012 and would have been branded an heretical “squish” rather than named the GOP’s nominee.

For the record, the CBO scored the Senate’s “comprehensive immigration reform” bill (S.744) as reducing budget deficits by only $158 billion over the next ten years (after incurring the massive expenses of increased border security and fielding “E-Verify”), and by another $905 billion in the following decade (when undocumented immigrants now “in the shadows” are more fully integrated into the economy and tax system).

To mollify the vocal “right-wing”, S.744 allocates $46.3 billion for more border guards and fencing (mostly in neo-secessionist Texas), while H.R. 14 allocates only $8.3 billion.  Thus, the Sentinel’s editors are remiss for not questioning the prudence of the Senate’s willingness to pay a $38 billion bribe to acquire a “pathway to citizenship” and/or (as has Senator Bennet) the common sense of investing billions in 21’ fencing when 22’ ladders abound.  After the House acts, a conference committee will resolve that disparity. 

Meanwhile, Tipton’s support for a “piecemeal approach” is simply another delay tactic.

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