Immigration 
still on table,
 Tipton says

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In May 2012, Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) described his challenges with the fractious “Teapublican” caucus as akin to “keeping 218 frogs in a wheelbarrow long enough to get a bill passed”. 

That self-inflicted inanity is entirely attributable to Boehner’s own self-serving devotion to the “Hastert Rule” – by which Boehner (to preserve his Speakership) refuses to bring any bill to the floor unless it has the votes of the Republican majority (not just a majority of Republicans plus concurring Democrats).  That is why “the system is broken”.

Now, as Gary Harmon reports today (“Immigration still on the table, Tipton says”), our own feckless “Teapublican jumping frog” – Congressman Scott Tipton—is proclaiming that the House may take up one element of the “Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013”, which passed the Senate on June 27, 2013 (as S.744), but – like the American Jobs Act of 2011 – has still not been voted on by the House (but would likely pass, but for Boehner’s boneheadedly anti-democratic “rule”).

Because balking Republicans have expanded their definition of “amnesty” to stigmatize any measure that would legalize (much less, create a “pathway to citizenship” for) any of the 11+ million undocumented immigrants already living and working here, the will of 60+ percent of the American public remains stymied by one-sided partisan politics.

Particularly disingenuous are “concerns” expressed by right-wing politicos and “talking heads” that President Obama cannot be trusted to enforce any new immigration laws – when more unlawful entrants have been deported under his administration than any other.

Moreover, the notion of de facto “amnesty” actually originated under Republican Ronald Reagan, who supported and signed the “Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986”, but then declined to enforce its provisions holding employers liable for hiring “illegals”.

Meanwhile, S.744 would reduce deficits by some $1 trillion over the next two decades.



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