Bennet: Dysfunction can’t be excuse for not passing immigration reform

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Now that the “government shutdown” and the threat of “default” is at least temporarily behind us (until January 15 and/or February 13, 2014, respectively), it’s high time for the Daily Sentinel to renew its editorial call for comprehensive immigration reform (see:  “House GOP folds fate of immigrants, party”, June 30, 2013).

As Charles Ashby reported this morning (“Bennet: Dysfunction can’t be excuse for not passing immigration reform”), the Congressional Budget Office “scored” the legislation crafted by Senator Bennet (D-Colo.) and others – and passed by the Senate on June 27—as reducing future deficits by some $900 million ($200 million over the next decade, and $700 million over the following decade), even after doubling the number of boarder guards.  Of course, the Republican-controlled House has not yet even considered that bill.

One reason for the House’s inaction is the duplicity of “Tea Party” Repugnicans like Congressman Scott Tipton, who apparently told the Sentinel’s editors in June that “he supports immigration reform, but verifiable border security must be the first step”.

However, on September 5, 2013, as reported by Gary Harmon (“Tipton:  No reason to attack Syria”), Tipton told a packed “Town Meeting” audience in Delta that he opposes any “pathway to citizenship” (even for so-called “Dreamers”) – which is the essence of “comprehensive” immigration reform – but supports the piecemeal approach favored by Republicans and about which Bennet warned.

Instead, Tipton endorsed the “red card” scam – proffered by the Koch brothers’ American Legislative Exchange Council – cynically designed to shield scofflaw employers from criminal and/or civil liability for illegally hiring and exploiting undocumented workers.

Meanwhile, Tipton dutifully supported the shutdown (costing some $24 billion) and the threats of default (costing $300 billion and 900,000 jobs since 2011).  Thus, it’s past time for voters and the Sentinel’s editors to question Tipton’s dubious “conservative values”.

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