Immigration 
still on table,
 Tipton says

Though Republicans in the U.S. House balked on the idea of granting amnesty to people living illegally in the United States, there is still support for changes to the nation’s immigration system, U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo., said.

Congress could move ahead on a guest-worker program that could serve farmers, ranchers and the construction and hospitality industries, said Tipton, whose 3rd Congressional District includes most of the Western Slope and much of southern Colorado.

Those industries need a viable guest-worker program, Tipton said, noting that he hopes to see a program in which people can enter the United States with appropriate documentation.

With such a system, “if you don’t have credentials, then nobody’s going to hire you,” Tipton said.

“Those are the steps that I hope we’ll continue to push forward on.”

Tipton was unable to attend a Republican conference retreat in which House Speaker John Boehner’s call for amnesty without citizenship was rebuffed.

Tipton returned to Washington. D.C., after dealing with a death in the family, but said he had voiced his doubts about backing amnesty to Boehner and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va.

The Senate has passed an immigration measure that had won praise in western Colorado agricultural circles for its provisions allowing temporary workers, but it also contained a pathway to citizenship.

“I think a real concern is that there was one seat at the table that was unoccupied,” Tipton said of the immigration debate. “Nobody was speaking up for the people who could say ‘I’m following the rules’” for legal immigration.

Republicans also voiced distrust of promises that the Obama administration would adequately enforce border-control provisions of the Senate measure, Tipton said.


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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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