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House Democrats continue to batter against the brick wall of Speaker John Boehner's refusal to allow a vote on immigration reform (along with extending emergency unemployment aid, raising the minimum wage, and a host of other popular measures). Democrats are launching a discharge petition pushing for a vote on a bill similar to the Senate's bipartisan immigration reform bill.

Like other discharge petitions Democrats have circulated recently, this one stands little chance of getting the Republican signatures needed. But Greg Sargent points to a way a discharge petition could produce results even without enough signatures:

[T[he more important aim is to give those House Republicans who are generally pro-reform a hook to exert more private pressure on GOP leaders to act, by letting the piecemeal reform proposals that are knocking around among House Republicans get a vote.

I’m told immigration advocacy groups and labor have drawn up a target list of around 30 House Republicans who have previously expressed public support for reform and/or a path to citizenship, to be targeted with pressure back home in their districts.

Among the Republicans on that list: David Valadao, Jeff Denham, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Joe Heck, Daniel Webster, Aaron Schock, and Kevin McCarthy, who is the third ranking GOP leader but represents a lot of Latinos and has expressed support for legal status.

Of course, we hear about a lot of policies a few Republicans support in theory yet mysteriously oppose—it's a question of voting for an actual bill. But the Republicans on this list could potentially put a lot of pressure on Boehner to allow a vote. And while other House Republicans might not currently face electoral damage for opposing immigration reform, they really should look at demographics and consider their party's fate in statewide and presidential elections and in the longer term.

Originally posted to Laura Clawson on Tue Mar 25, 2014 at 12:44 PM PDT.

Also republished by LatinoKos and Daily Kos.

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  •  Dems pressure republicans? (1+ / 0-)
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    Would like to see video of that.

    Legal means "good".
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    by xxdr zombiexx on Tue Mar 25, 2014 at 02:19:28 PM PDT

  •  If Dems really wanted to pressure the GOP (2+ / 0-)
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    they would be holding voter registration drives for Hispanics in front of the GOP reps offices.  Starting with the GOP reps in CA Denham, Valadao, Nunes, Issa, McCarthy, Royce, Hunter, Cook and Calvert for example.  Then going to Texas in Farenthold, Culbertson, Poe, Smith, Thornberry, Olsen, Marchant, Hensarling, McCaul, Neugeberger and Sessions to name a few.  Coffman and Tipton in CO, Pearce in NM, Ros-Lehtinen and Diaz-Balart in FL.  

    All those GOP reps have districts where Hispanics represent 25% or more of the population.  That's 24 districts right there where a heavy Hispanic GOTV effort could elect more Democrats.  That's more than enough to flip the House.

    This is your world These are your people You can live for yourself today Or help build tomorrow for everyone -8.75, -8.00

    by DisNoir36 on Tue Mar 25, 2014 at 02:30:27 PM PDT

  •  no republican will sign (0+ / 0-)

    Republicans stick together, I doubt you will get even 1 republican to sign this. Also Latinos are very poor at showing up to vote in midterms.
    If they want an immigration bill every eligible minority should get their asses to the polls this year.

    •  The immigration bill is devastating for (0+ / 0-)

      minority voters. Why would minorities lobby for more legal competition for the few available jobs?

      Survival comes before social issues and minorities know that a job is basic to survival.  Competition for that job is directly affected by this issue.

  •  The Holy Grail of the House (0+ / 0-)

    Getting Republicans in the House to pressure other Republicans in the House to do the right thing for the country always seems to me to be like a quest for the Holy Grail--it's always out there, and people keep trying to reach it, but no one ever reaches it.

    It feels to me like this is just another twist on "another attempt at a discharge petition that is doomed to defeat."

    But Dems should keep up the pressure and keep blasting away at the Republicans on these issues.

  •  Pressuring Repugs to in turn pressure Boner? (0+ / 0-)

    Pushing on ropes if you ask me.

    The Latino community around the country is being taken for granted by the Obama administration;

    Obama to Meet Latino Caucus on Deportations

    Most recently Janet Murguía, the president and CEO of the National Council of La Raza, joined in criticism of the president for the record number of immigrants being sent out of the country by calling the President "Deporter in Chief" in a speech.
    "Our membership whether we like it or not have a responsibility to a vast constituency of Latinos. We are their voices and we are elected to Congress," Grijalva said. "I think a collective voice from our caucus has implications from the individual member ... To hear from all the caucus ... say Mr. President you need to do something, I think that is very important."
    Last week I participated in the Latino Congreso at USC and the general feeling was not positive.

    The Democratic party leadership should not take the immigration and deportation issue more seriously.

    Obama seems to understand but;

    Obama Calls For Immigration Officials To Review Deportation Practices

    Obama’s fellow Illinois Democrat Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez echoed the phrase on the House floor, noting that Obama had presided over a record number of deportations. About 2 million people have been ejected from the U.S. since Obama took office.
    But Obama has said he thinks he has pushed his executive power as far as it will go on the matter. Republican critics have cited Obama’s past actions as a reason not to trust him to enforce the law as it stands.
    The general feeling is that ICE and DHS are out of control.

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    by Shockwave on Tue Mar 25, 2014 at 02:41:47 PM PDT

  •  The pressurer needs to start here. (1+ / 0-)
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    It's nice that Democratic House members are pushing these discharge petitions.

    Their responsibility, however, is mostly to introduce the petitions.

    Then WE should pressure the Republican congresscritters. Everybody should do at least one thing to raise one of those discharge petitions -- and the Retugs refusal to sign -- up to the electorate.

  •  Well, well, well (0+ / 0-)

    I've been told for the last four years or so that this sort of effort is a futile gesture, wasted energy. Rank Green Lanternism, because politics isn't just an act of will.

    And maybe it is. Maybe it is.

    But you know something? I'm a lot happier seeing the Democrats putting a little public pressure on the Republicans than I am watching them sit back and kvetch about how the mean old Republicans won't do anything.

    If you're going to move public opinion, show them what you're willing to do for them, don't just complain that the other won't cooperate. Make the Republicans pay a price for intransigence.

  •  There are also some lame ducks (0+ / 0-)

    who have announced their retirement, like Tom Latham, IA-03, who might be persuadable. They don't have to worry about a primary by a tea party guy.

  •  What a striking and inspiring expression (0+ / 0-)

    I am sure the picture of the girl isn't new but thank you for sharing it.  She looks like a force.

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