Republican House Speaker John Boehner and other House GOP leaders recently came out with a joint statement regarding immigration reform that will leave the 2016 Presidential elections door wide open for the likes of Hillary Clinton / Joaquin Castro. Republican leaders in the House of Representatives do not support the legal immigration reform efforts today and this is unfortunate from a national security standpoint because we ought to know by now every person who lives within our borders.
It was Republican President George W. Bush when signing the Secure Fence Act of 2006 who said, “This bill will help protect the American people. This bill will make our borders more secure. It is an important ‘step’ toward immigration reform.” Since the signing in 2006, all of Bush’s operational goals that were implemented have been met, yet it does not appear good enough for the House GOP when they want to work on a ‘step-by-step‘ immigration plan.
Bush’s Secure Fence Act was supposed to be a ‘step’ toward immigration reform over 6 years ago, yet Republican leaders are reluctant to take on a complicated issue in an effort to solving same and it is no wonder why the Republican-led House approval rating sinks to new historic lows due to partisanship – giving Democrats a 7% point advantage.
GOP House of Representatives continue to leave Americans and our national security weakened. In light of today’s technology, every person living in our Nation should be documented from a security standpoint. Yet there are millions living here without documentation, and Republicans continue to drag their feet leaving us exposed because they do not support a legal mechanism in order for this to happen. The House GOP chooses to leave millions living in the shadow of society because they know the United States simply cannot afford to deport 11 million immigrants.
It is unfortunate the GOP allowed their Party to be controlled by the likes of the John Tanton Network and Numbers USA, but like the Dixiecrats of yore …. the GOP will lose a good portion of the future Mexican-American vote (accounting for almost 70% of the entire Latin population pie) in the future like they did in 2012.
The Mexican-American community is aware of President George W. Bush’s “soft” push on immigration — however, we are looking for more assertive means. There is no reason why we should not know who all is living here with the technology we have today. If one is truly in support of our National Security — then they ought to work on a mechanism that will document everyone living here now. More importantly, Americans will never support any idea that resembles “taxation without representation” as it relates to immigrant people who contribute to tax coffers.
With the recent House GOP signal on immigration — it confirms to me the need for a stronger push and resurgence of the Chicano Movement. Politicians know immigrants cannot vote and defend themselves, so it is up to us (Mexican-Americans) to continue to show them we will vote in droves with regard to future National elections holding them accountable and responsible for their non-compassionate views towards fellow mankind, our family and friends.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The following statement was issued today by House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA), Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX), and Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) following a special meeting of the House Republican Conference to discuss the issue of immigration reform:
“Today House Republicans affirmed that rather than take up the flawed legislation rushed through the Senate, House committees will continue their work on a step-by-step, common-sense approach to fixing what has long been a broken system. The American people want our border secured, our laws enforced, and the problems in our immigration system fixed to strengthen our economy. But they don’t trust a Democratic-controlled Washington, and they’re alarmed by the president’s ongoing insistence on enacting a single, massive, Obamacare-like bill rather than pursuing a step-by-step, common-sense approach to actually fix the problem. The president has also demonstrated he is willing to unilaterally delay or ignore significant portions of laws he himself has signed, raising concerns among Americans that this administration cannot be trusted to deliver on its promises to secure the border and enforce laws as part of a single, massive bill like the one passed by the Senate.”
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