Tuesday, July 02, 2013

They Still Don't Get It

(Editorial cartoon by Mike Luckovich and published 6/16/13 in the Atlanta Journal Constitution.)

It became even clearer after the Sunday talk shows that we won't get an immigration bill out of this Congress.  From McClatchy DC:

Republican House leaders reiterated their opposition Sunday to the immigration bill passed by the Senate last week, highlighting the uncertain prospects for enacting a major overhaul of the nation's immigration laws.

"The Senate bill is not going to pass in the House," House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., said on CNN's "State of the Union," echoing statements made by House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and other senior Republican lawmakers. ...

Boehner has said that he will not bring up an immigration bill for a vote that does not have the support of the majority of the Republican House caucus.

And the reason stated is that there isn't enough of a guarantee of border security to stop the flow of new immigrants in the Senate bill, even though that bill would extend the border fence and increase the number of border agents and drones to do just that.  I think the real reason is that the Tea Partiers don't like the fact that the Senate bill allows a path to citizenship for those "illegals" already here.  The fact that the path to citizenship is so draconian as to be almost impossible to trod doesn't matter.  It's still "amnesty" to their way of thinking.

Will it come back to haunt the GOP?

Certainly.  If not in 2014, then certainly in 2016.  The demographics (see Mike Luckovich's cartoon above) are just too clear.

Some folks are just too stupid to see the light.  In fact, they might just be too stupid to find their way home.

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