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Here's Rubio, the GOP point man on immigration reform, deep-sixing his own bill:
“The bill that’s in place right now probably can’t pass the House,” Rubio told Mike Gallagher, a nationally syndicated talk show host. “It will have to be adjusted, because people are very suspicious about the willingness of the government to enforce the laws now.”

He continued: “That is a very legitimate suspicion, it’s one that I share, and if there’s anything we can do to make [the bill] even tighter … that’s exactly what we should be working on.”

What Rubio his just done is move the goalposts. Before, he sought a bipartisan consensus with Democrats and was willing to put together a bill that could pass the Senate. However, now he wants a bill that can pass the nutcase-infused, bigoted GOP House. The bill could be faced with the Hastert-rule which would require the support of the majority of the GOP caucus before it is brought the House floor. However, Boehner has violated the rule before and he may do so again. That isn't clear at this time. But with opposition ratcheting up on the far right, I suspect that the House wingnuts will demand more and more concessions until Democrats can no longer support the bill. Then, they will blame Democrats for not supporting reform. This is how they operate.

The question for Democrats is how hard Democrats will fight for a path to citzenship, which is fundamental to reform. That is what the GOP will seek to remove or make so impossible to attain that it is meaningless. We cannot accept a system of permanent second class citizenship for our folks. We'd be better off with nothing if that is the price for a deal.

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  •  Trying to answer to too many masters... (1+ / 0-)
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    Lefty Coaster

    That's Rubio.

    "...Males are biologically driven to go out and hunt giraffes.” —Newt Gingrich in 1995

    by BadKitties on Wed May 01, 2013 at 08:54:23 AM PDT

  •  Let's see it (3+ / 0-)
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    MufsMom, Miggles, chuco35

    If it passes the Senate with more than a handful Rs the Hispanic media and lobbies will go into hyperdrive. The House can block it and then the Rs will loose 75% of all Hispanics votes for at least a generation. People in the community are paying attention with one ear right now. If it starts to move but doesn't  cross the goal line the amount of frustration and resentment will be very tangible

  •  Stand back and watch as your enemy slits his own (2+ / 0-)
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    chuco35, Pinto Pony

    throat.

  •  House GOP has turned into the Jerry Springer Show (1+ / 0-)
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    Pinto Pony

    A venue for whack jobs.

    "If Wall Street paid a tax on every “game” they run, we would get enough revenue to run the government on." ~ Will Rogers

    by Lefty Coaster on Wed May 01, 2013 at 09:43:24 AM PDT

  •  They sure they want to continue this... (0+ / 0-)

    debate 2 more years?
    Let's wait their sorry asses out, and get a more humane bill than what was suggested anyway.

  •  I Don't Think It Has So Much To Do (1+ / 0-)
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    IowaPopulist

    However, now he wants a bill that can pass the nutcase-infused, bigoted GOP House

    With 'a bill that can pass the nutcase-infused, bigoted GOP House' as it is 'a bill that can pass the smell test.

    One more time, here is Chuck Schumer in Nov. 2012

    'Comprehensive Immigration Reform', The Prequel

    Second, make sure that there is a

    2.) Non-forgeable document so that employers so that employers can tell who is legal and who is illegal and once they, uuuh, hire somebody illegally throw the book at 'em.

    That 'non-forgeable document', that 'tamper proof ID', which is the same 'tamper proof ID' that never materialized in 1987, was thrown overboard without so much as a 'by your leave' from the 'Gang of Eight' because it was 'too expensive'. Now, this is coming from the many of the same people who are telling you that we are simultaneously spending too much at the border and we need to spend more on the border.

    The question for Democrats is how hard Democrats will fight for a path to citzenship, which is fundamental to reform

    The prototype of the legislation as it was introduced the other day doesn't 'reform' anything, and it doesn't introduce anything that is really new over what has been thrown out for the past five or six years now which is in effect to 'solve' illegal immigration by massively increasing legal immigration and creating a bunch of new guest worker programs and consequently new guest workers.

    I won't be coming home tonight, my generation will put it right - Genesis 9:3

    by superscalar on Wed May 01, 2013 at 10:26:20 AM PDT

    •  Comprehensive Immigration Reform (0+ / 0-)

      is the Chamber of Commerce solution. Amnesty the illegals so that all their members have access to them. Keep the border wide open to replenish the supply of illegal immigrants for those businesses that prefer them, and double legal immigration from 1.1 million/yr. to 2.2 million/yr. to guarantee an unemployment rate that will allow them to continue to drive down American wages.

      There is even a new visa category for unskilled workers. But don't worry, you have to stop importing them to your city if the unemployment rate there rises above 8.5%. Apparently that is the new desired rate of unemployment in our country - not one bit more, but not one bit less either.

  •   Reject Rubio and any bill that does.. (0+ / 0-)

    ..nothing but provide cover for republicans.  Expose the insult of using Rubio as the face man for an anti-Dream Act agenda and party that is not serious about reform.  

    Stick to Dems proposals on reform only, and denounce loudly republican front man Rubio as the Latino vote-seeker-only as he has been sanctioned to do by the GOP

    Because this is what has been playing out - over & over, and not just on immigration reform either:

    I suspect that the House wingnuts will demand more and more concessions until Democrats can no longer support the bill. Then, they will blame Democrats for not supporting reform. This is how they operate.
    ..and it will have worked for the GOP - again - winning the rhetorical propaganda war.

    And another thing is so frustrating is Dems end up being used as the testing ground by the RWNJ's to sees what kind of messaging works/sticks.

     Rubio/GOP throws something out, watches for public reaction and reaction by the Dems, who give him credence by congratulating his "efforts  instead of ignoring (with disdain) the GOP and pushing only what Dems want.

    Dems end up being used as part of the honing process for the GOP agenda.

    Isolate the GOP by calling out their fake reform agenda. Quit congradulating Rubio as someone who is serious about immigration reform. Start there

    rant over

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