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Don't love it, just leave it, is Darrell Issa's command to DREAMers.
Republican Rep. Darrell Issa apparently had a couple of spare minutes recently between bogus investigations. He took the opportunity to pen a letter to President Obama demanding that he start booting undocumented young immigrants out of the country again instead of allowing them to remain under a special program.

That program, called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), provides a two-year renewable deportation reprieve to undocumented individuals up to age 30 if they entered the United States before they were 16. They can stay and work here legally if they have lived continuously in the States for five years of more, not been convicted of a felony, a major misdemeanor, or three lesser misdemeanors. They must also be in school, have graduated from high school or earned a GED, or served in the military.

These unauthorized immigrants, many of whom were brought by their parents to the States as infants or toddlers and often are not fluent in the language of the country where they were born, are colloquially known as “DREAMers” because they meet the requirements of the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act. The act never mustered enough support to pass Congress since it was first introduced in 2001. But an immigration bill including similar provisions cleared the Senate last July. It was blocked in the House. But the DREAM Act and the Senate bill would provide conditional permanent residency to young unauthorized immigrants who meet a list of conditions similar to but more extensive than DACA's.

Hard to know whether Issa is just being callous to the young people protected by DACA, who number as many as 1.8 million, or this is just another of his pokes at the president. The California representative has been openly antagonistic to Obama from the moment he took the presidential oath more than five years ago.

Whatever the case, Issa and other Republicans blame DACA for the unaccompanied minors now flooding across the southern border into the States, with as many as 60,000 expected to wind up in federal custody this year.

More to read on this below the fold.

Elise Foley quotes from the Issa letter:

"[T]he very existence of the program contradicts present law and violates the Constitutional principle of a separation of powers which grants primary law making authority to the Congress," Issa wrote. "The Executive does not get to pick and choose which laws must be enforced and which can be selectively ignored. ... DACA rewards families and individuals who have broken our laws, further encouraging others to seek similar benefits."

Issa wrote later that Obama should "make an explicit public commitment that [he] will not support legislation that extends legal status to newly arriving illegal aliens no matter the age." The immigration reform bill that passed the Senate last year does not allow people who came to the U.S. after the end of 2011 to earn legal status—meaning children who enter today wouldn't be eligible for that reprieve, either.

Issa's and other Republicans' approach is harsh, unproductive and simpleminded.

Kathleen Newland, founder of the Migration Policy Institute writes:

In the absence of a policy plan to address the surge in unauthorized child arrivals, simplistic explanations and draconian “solutions” are already starting to make their appearance: the surge is the result of immigration reform promises or administrative reforms in enforcement; the problem could be resolved by bottling it up in transit countries (Mexico and Guatemala) or by treating the children as adults. At the other end of the spectrum, some contend these children should all be given asylum and allowed to stay in the United States permanently.

In reality, the problem is enormously complex. Addressing push factors that include flight from gang violence (and the inability of local police to protect against it) and endemic poverty as well as pull factors such as the deeply held desires for family reunification require policy interventions not just by the United States but within the region. [...]

The research findings are preliminary but sobering. The UNHCR report, based on a small but representative sample, suggests that high proportions of the children in custody—nearly six out of ten—have had experiences that may form the basis for relief from deportation: as refugees, victims of trafficking, juveniles recruited into criminal enterprises, or other statuses. Statistics from the Vera Institute of Justice’s Unaccompanied Children Program, funded by the Department of Health and Human Services, show that 40 percent of unaccompanied child migrants taken into ORR custody in 2008-10 and screened under the VERA program were eligible for some kind of relief.

The administration is employing a multi-agency approach to deal with the problem. This has included Obama's jawboning of the president of Mexico and a trip to Guatemala by Vice President Joe Biden. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson also plans a trip to Guatemala later this summer.

Johnson told the House Homeland Security Committee Tuesday that efforts are being made to break up smuggling rings and squelch the falsehoods promoted by smugglers that minors who make it over the border will receive "permisos," free passes. The administration plans to spend around $100 million in aid to Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador to help border-crossing minors to reintegrate and remain in those countries after the United States returns them there.

But that's not enough for Issa and other Republicans.

For instance, Rep. Candice Miller of Michigan told CNN:

“Instead of increasing funding we need to stop U.S. aid in the centrals,” Miller said. “I would say no more money from America until they step up to their own responsibilities and stop their citizens from migrating to the United States. … We need to whack our neighbors to make sure they understand they’re not going to be taking our money. We are not the ATM machine.”
Whack our neighbors? That's often been the approach taken in Latin America by U.S policymakers, never with a good end. Miller's attitude, like Issa's, solves no problems.

What would do so is passing comprehensive immigration reform. Something better than what the Senate passed last year would be preferable. But even that proposal would be a big improvement. But it's much easier for Issa and Miller and others to point fingers at Obama instead of looking in the mirror.

Originally posted to Meteor Blades on Wed Jun 25, 2014 at 07:02 AM PDT.

Also republished by LatinoKos and Daily Kos.

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  •  I'd like to see Issa sent back home (33+ / 0-)

    to the stinking planet he is from.  His lack of humanity is apparent.  

    Join us on the Black Kos front porch to review news and views written from a black pov—everyone is welcome.

    by TomP on Wed Jun 25, 2014 at 07:10:40 AM PDT

  •  Cant Issa be sent home, his name seems foreign, (7+ / 0-)

    oh and send the pilgrims descendants home as well, bloody johnny come latelies.

    "I decided it is better to scream. Silence is the real crime against humanity." Nadezhda Mandelstam

    by LaFeminista on Wed Jun 25, 2014 at 07:19:16 AM PDT

    •  It's not fair that our unofficial policy (1+ / 0-)
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      of not deporting people ends up prioritizing one group of potential immigrants over another. If liberals are concerned about kids, why not rescue girls from poor, oppressive countries in Africa? Surely their lives are are worse than a kid born in Guatemala whose parents brought them to this country illegally.

      Why not spend tax money to fly African kids here and set them up in free housing, pay for their food, healthcare and education. Just because they and their parents can't walk across a border doesn't mean our immigration policy should prioritize and support others whose countries are closer to our borders.

      Why is it that those who want a fair and reasonable immigration policy are told they're being mean to those who have broken our rules?

      The reality of immigration reform is that the amnesty given in 1986 to millions of illegal aliens has encouraged others to break the rules and come here illegally. Why push for more public policy that promotes the same illegal activities?

      •  Because in many cases they are. (2+ / 0-)
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        Why is it that those who want a fair and reasonable immigration policy are told they're being mean to those who have broken our rules?
        In many cases someone who grew up here is a fish out of water in the country of his or her birth.

        And that’s not even considering the fact that there is a great deal of disagreement on what constitutes a fair and reasonable immigration policy.  Your notion is clearly very different from mine, for instance.

      •  Many years ago an hispanic friend of my sister's (1+ / 0-)
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        was shocked to find out that someone was using her Social Security number. It turned out that in fact it was NOT her number and in fact her parents had bought a birth certificate from an hispanic family going back across the border. She was completely unaware that she was not legal. She had spent her entire life in the US and was a contributing member of society. In fact it was amazing that she had worked for so many years paying Social Security into the system before this was found out.

        I am not sure how things were finally worked out but apparently the government had enough sense to not boot her out of the country over that. She was an American, not born here, but she was raised here. That ought to count for something.

        Notice this program has very stiff requirements for residency. They are not just handing this privilege out, there are conditions attached to it. When so many people complain about the criminal behavior of some minorities, shouldn't we be REWARDING those who are doing the right things?

        As far as illegal immigration in general, I do have some compassion for these people. But we did not have an illegal problem until our government foolishly got rid of the temporary work Visa program. A parent could come out and pick crops and then take that money back to the family and they would live off of it for the rest of the year. This was both a sensible and compassionate way of handling things. Then some idiot got rid of the program because it was taking jobs away from Americans. Probably most Americans did not want those jobs anyway, but the irony is that now they are taking away more jobs from us than they did before.

        There are ways to handle this without being so heavy-handed about everything. When immigrants risk death to come over here then the problem is not that they are just greedy. Are you aware that some of these people have died from frostbite trying to cross the mountains to this country? Not all of these people are criminals, they are trying to feed their families.

        I take the phrase "Bleeding Heart Liberal" as a compliment...

        by Pixie5 on Wed Jun 25, 2014 at 05:06:23 PM PDT

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      •  Heartless and Ignorant. (0+ / 0-)

        Your comment ignores a variety of facts, and your evaluation of Central Americans as less worthy of entry into our country is outrageous.

        Apparently you were asleep when a series of US-instigated events literally wrecked life for poor people down there and you're probably unaware that these people are refugees from chaos and disorder on a grand scale.

        People do not take crazy risks so they can come here and be exploited by US businessmen, chased by cops, pay into US Social Security with no chance of ever receiving credit for it, be slandered and assaulted (both verbally and physically) by hard-hearted jingos and live under a train trestle while they're at it.

        "Ronald Reagan is DEAD! His policies live on but we're doing something about THAT!"

        by leftykook on Wed Jun 25, 2014 at 06:07:18 PM PDT

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  •  One of the ironies (14+ / 0-)

    I came across a report lately that a lot of companies are opening call centers in Mexico. Hiring deported dreamers, who speak perfect American English and are fluent in the culture.

    So they're still "taking our jobs."

    Mark Twain: It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so.

    by Land of Enchantment on Wed Jun 25, 2014 at 07:23:19 AM PDT

  •  Of course not (12+ / 0-)

    The Federalists under John Adams wanted to restrict naturalization so immigrants couldn't vote for Thomas Jefferson. The Know-Nothing branch of the Whig Party (yes, I'm well aware that technically, no) wanted literacy tests so the Irish immigration (they voted for the Democrats) could be cut off. The Republicans started trying to reduce the flow of immigrants beginning in the 1890s and finally succeeding in the 1920s because the "new" immigrants were likely not to vote for them either. Does Issa know that his party didn't want his own immigrant ancestors here? I doubt it.

    All it takes is security in your own civil rights to make you complacent.

    by Dave in Northridge on Wed Jun 25, 2014 at 07:23:41 AM PDT

  •  The rebranding (10+ / 0-)

    and community outreach continues.

    I guess the goal is to increase every non-white demographic to voting 90% Democratic, and then hope for an asteroid impact that effects everyone but angry resentful white people who vote against their own best interests.

    Having seen a sample ranging from conservative authors lecturing to almost empty rooms on C-Span to Fox News to the 700 Club before, it's not beyond the realm of possibilities that this is the actual strategy being contemplated.

    "Real journalism is printing what someone else does not want printed. Everything else is public relations." -George Orwell

    by LeftHandedMan on Wed Jun 25, 2014 at 07:26:01 AM PDT

  •  Issa's family tree (5+ / 0-)
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    When did Issa's family immigrate to the US and were they legal immigrants at the time?

    •  They are relatively recent (11+ / 0-)

      immigrants from Lebanon.  Issa is a Lebanese Christian (Maronite) name. There is a paranoid and fascist stream in ME Christian politics - not sure Issa's family is part of that, but the Phalange in Lebanon are famous for brutality and rightwing fascism.  They committed the Sabra and Shatilla massacres of Palestinians during the civil war - see

      Michel Aflaq, a Lebanese Maronite, founded the Ba'ath Party after studying under Francisco Franco.  He was an admirer of Hitler.  

      I don't claim to know if there is a direct connection between Issa and the Phalange, or his current political philosophy.  Also I don't want to disparage all ME Christians - many of them were leaders in Iraq's Communist Party, and not all middle East Christians are fascist nuts.

      But I will say this:  It is ironic in the extreme that someone of Lebanese descent would want to slam the door on immigrants, when there are 5X as many Lebanese scattered throughout the planet than there are in Lebanon itself.  If ever there was a people who completely dependent on movement and migration, it is the Lebanese, who have been migrating from Phoenician times when they were on the coasts of Spain and founded Carthage.

      “If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin.” Charles Darwin

      by ivorybill on Wed Jun 25, 2014 at 09:12:58 AM PDT

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  •  Follow the money (2+ / 0-)
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    His campaign contributors would have to hire US citizens or legal immigrants.

    "states like VT and ID are not 'real america'" -icemilkcoffee

    by Utahrd on Wed Jun 25, 2014 at 07:41:16 AM PDT

  •  Some of our fellow citizens want to have it... (6+ / 0-)

    ...both ways. They want our nation to be the one that all others strive and aspire to enter, but we are offended when people feel compelled to act on their aspirations. Well, when the "wrong people" do anyway.

    Right now we are urging al-Maliki to make the Iraqi government more inclusive. Our effective policy in the Western Hemisphere has been to encourage and enable Elite Feifdoms to oppress and marginalize most of their own people so long as Global Financial Elites are able to take resources and exploit labor as they see fit. If conditions were less oppressive in their home nations, we would see far less "pressure" on our Southern Border. But that would clearly make life miserable (read that as much lower profit margins) for the Global Financial Elites. Can't have small Mexican corn growers, Central American coffee and chocolate growers, etc. able to exert sweat equity and earn a sustainable, reliable existence, now can we?

    Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. --Martin Luther King Jr.

    by Egalitare on Wed Jun 25, 2014 at 07:50:55 AM PDT

    •  Not if we don't have it here nt (0+ / 0-)

      I voted Tuesday, May 6, 2014 because it is my right, my responsibility and because my parents moved from Alabama to Ohio to vote. Unfortunately, the republicons want to turn Ohio into Alabama.

      by a2nite on Wed Jun 25, 2014 at 10:05:53 AM PDT

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  •  Do I Smell Articles of Impeachment? nt (2+ / 0-)
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    northerntier, Navy Vet Terp

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Wed Jun 25, 2014 at 07:59:33 AM PDT

  •  Doesn't he have a 15th Benghazi investigation (3+ / 0-)

    to run? WHY do his constituents continue to elect this embarrassment to Congress? Is there a chance he can be taken out in Nov?

    America is a COUNTRY, not a CORPORATION. She doesn't need a CEO. Vote Obama.

    by manneckdesign on Wed Jun 25, 2014 at 08:09:07 AM PDT

  •  Thanks for writing this, MB. I am very troubled (8+ / 0-)

    by the children's plight. And thanks for the link.

    If only people could understand that children leaving their home country and family to avoid personal danger is a commitment to personal safety like no other, and very, very difficult, no doubt.

    I do not know the subject well enough at all to expound on a solution, but it's obvious there are very serious problems in their home countries.

    So, are they running from something or to something or both? Why wouldn't we consider some kind of political asylum for children who are running from violent gangs, drug lords or ???

    Very troubling to me.

    Does our (speaking to dems) compassion and caring for children stop at the US Border or with DREAMERS?

    Suffer the little children... ?

    The only hawk I like is the kind that has feathers. My birding blogs: and

    by cany on Wed Jun 25, 2014 at 08:16:09 AM PDT

    •  I know I shouldn't make this comparison (5+ / 0-)
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      But in the 1930's German Jewish parents sent their children out of the country.  Many that tried to come to the United States were blocked by the quota laws.  The British government waived immigration restrictions and let in 10,000 children, per legislation supported by Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain.  Similar legislation, sponsored by Senator Robert Wagner of New York and supported by Eleanor Roosevelt (but her husband didn't stick his neck out on this) would have admitted 20,000 German Jewish children but it failed in Congress in 1939.  And it raised such an anti-Semitic hue and cry.

      The hate and lack of humanity displayed to these children today is reminiscent of 1939.

      "Corporations exist not for themselves, but for the people." Ida Tarbell 1908.

      by Navy Vet Terp on Wed Jun 25, 2014 at 04:54:46 PM PDT

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      •  The murder rate in Honduras is 90 per (0+ / 0-)

        10,000. This is less than a 1% chance of being murdered.

        Comparing that to Nazi Germany for Jewish children is ludicrous and insulting to the holocaust.

        These children are coming because of DACA. They pretty much say so, and they are right.  They will never be deported.

  •  And yet even after this letter (2+ / 0-)
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    and Issa's statement , Issa will still be allowed to go on the msm and claim republicans are all for immigrants and immigration reform , and no one will call him on it

    I am starting to get the vibe that voters are not falling for this as much as they use to , and I am fortunate to have a local media in Eastern Iowa that actually holds these people more accountable

    Beer Drinkers & Hell Raisers

    by Patango on Wed Jun 25, 2014 at 08:19:47 AM PDT

  •  So, Republicans - where's your bill/solution? (9+ / 0-)

    "Strengthening borders" isn't an actual bill.  "Enforcing the current law" isn't either, and President Obama has deported more than Bush ever did.  President Obama has said if the Republicans want to do immigration reform piecemeal instead of one bill like the Senate, he'd be willing to work with them.  Yet they really aren't willing to do anything that he might sign, because they would then feel like they've given him a victory.  Nope - they really do not want to do anything other than say "No" and refuse to do their jobs.

    I'm just waiting for the government shutdown to start weeks before the election.

  •  Miller sounds terminally damaged as well (4+ / 0-)

    they keep coming up with these haters....'whack our neighbors...' ???......she auditioning for SoS in the Palin administration?

    This machine kills Fascists.

    by KenBee on Wed Jun 25, 2014 at 09:23:55 AM PDT

  •  The Central American kids entering the US now (5+ / 0-)

    are coming for a number of reasons.  UNHCR recently conducted a survey and found that >40% qualify for asylum under international law, and others qualify for special immigrant juvenile visas as they are fleeing abuse and neglect.   Many are fleeing organized crime.  Perhaps half are eligible for some form of immigration relief, and perhaps half don't qualify for anything or don't have a provable case.

    It is instructive that 90% of these kids come from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.  If this was purely about "pull" factors for migration, as the Republicans would have you believe, you would see a lot more kids from other Latin American countries - Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela.  (Mexican kids are usually handed over to the Mexican government social services agency DIF at the border.)

    So think of it this way: the border isn't broken - Central America is, and so is the US immigration system.

    There are "pull" factors though, and they are more complex. The Republicans would have you believe that it's all Obama's fault, and deferred removal for DREAMers is the cause of this migration.  But it's not so simple.  The Office of Refugee Resettlement is responsible for housing unaccompanied minors, and it releases them to family members.  Some in Central America believe that the kid only needs to turn him/herself in to Customs and Border Patrol, and get a "permiso", but actually what the kid gets is an order to appear in immigration court.  ORR releases kids to their guardian's or parent's custody in the United States and is not responsible for assuring that they show up in court.  So it is true that kids who cross the border now are reunited with families, they are usually released, and many don't show up for court.

    There's also the issue that people in Latin America, Central America in particular, are tired of waiting for comprehensive immigration reform.  They keep getting jerked along, and children grow up without their parents, separated by the border.  Many in the immigrant rights community are saying "forget about comprehensive immigration reform, just stop deporting people", because the inability to get anything through Congress, combined with major increases in deportations of adults, is unbearable. Parents and guardians may reason that now is the time to reunite families - maybe CIR will happen, maybe not, but we're tired of waiting and we need to be united as families.

    I think the Democrats need to realize the mood in the Latino immigrant community, and the Obama Administration needs to slow the deportation of non-criminals.  


    “If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin.” Charles Darwin

    by ivorybill on Wed Jun 25, 2014 at 09:27:34 AM PDT

  •  limbaugh tues says o admin probably planned (1+ / 0-)
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    the kid 'invasion' because they knew about it before hand, according to some stuff, or something.

    the o regime strikes again, bringing future dems into america

    This is a list of 76 universities for Rush Limbaugh that endorse global warming denial, racism, sexism, and GOP lies by broadcasting sports on over 170 Limbaugh radio stations.

    by certainot on Wed Jun 25, 2014 at 09:50:47 AM PDT

  •  Oh honestly. (0+ / 0-)

    Let's look behind the curtain.

    Issa and his ilk would prefer that anyone who looks like they might be Latino deported.

    Yes, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, and Antonin Scalia, that includes you.

    © grover

    So if you get hit by a bus tonight, would you be satisfied with how you spent today, your last day on earth? Live like tomorrow is never guaranteed, because it's not. -- Me.

    by grover on Wed Jun 25, 2014 at 10:20:26 AM PDT

  •  Part of last years immigration reform Bill past.. (2+ / 0-)
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    Meteor Blades, Oh Mary Oh the senate was the 'Vulnerable Immigrant Voice Act' which would have provided for legal representation to help figure out a solution to assist unaccompanied minors in this country who remain in legal limbo.

    Alexandra Pelosi has been documenting these children's plight who are being abused and seeking refuge

    Rep. Hakim Jeffries (D) New York speaks with Chris Hayes also, about his provision (VIVA) to help determine what can and should be done to help the many children and find solutions to their status in limbo. It's a humanitarian crises Hakim Jeffries is trying to take on.  So far the house republicans are blocking any attempts at solving problems. Issa included.

    Hakim Jeffries begins @ minute 5:55

    (short ad - sorry)

    So republican blocked the Dream Act and even DADA and the VIVA provision which Rep. Jeffries has now reintroduced as a Bill.
    They have a new red meat money maker: "lawless amnesty" BS they would rather squeal about and cash in on

    Thx MB

    P.S. the only silver lining I can see is that since the republican seem to believe that voter suppression and scaring up the white vote will be enough to win electoral power.
    They will lose and Dems will be less hamstrung trying to help all those people that the GOP has thrown way. Just wish with all those hurt in the mean time didn't have to be this way.

  •  Issa (1+ / 0-)
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    A whole succession of bad things should happen to Darrell Issa.

    •  I'm waiting for the Cosmic Shithammer of Karma (0+ / 0-) OBLITERATE HIM.

      Sooner or later, some crooked shit he's pulled along the line is gonna pop open like a surprise party and he ain't gonna know whether to wind his watch or scratch his ass!

      "Ronald Reagan is DEAD! His policies live on but we're doing something about THAT!"

      by leftykook on Wed Jun 25, 2014 at 06:25:38 PM PDT

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  •  What so now he thinks he's Ramses (1+ / 0-)
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    from "The 10 Commandments"? So let it be written. So let it be done.

    Is the entire GOP oxygen deprived?

    We view "The Handmaid's Tale" as cautionary. The GOP views it as an instruction book.

    by Vita Brevis on Wed Jun 25, 2014 at 04:35:38 PM PDT

  •  As a side note, Issa expresses the standard (2+ / 0-)
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    Republican belief that the President shouldn't "pick and choose what laws to enforce."

    By the same token, at budget time, the Republicans shouldn't pick and choose what laws to fund.

    If a law is good enough to enforce, it's good enough to fund (especially since if you don't fund it, you probably can't enforce it).  Once again, they want to have their cake and eat it too.

    "The truest measure of compassion lies not in our service of those on the margins, but in our willingness to see ourselves in kinship with them." Father Gregory Boyle, Homeboy Industries

    by Mr MadAsHell on Wed Jun 25, 2014 at 04:45:29 PM PDT

  •  This has nothing to do with the subject of this (4+ / 0-)

    post.  Just with Issa.  

    Last night on the Daily Show, or maybe it was Colbert, there was a clip that showed an IRS rep at one of Issa's hearings being sworn by the jester himself.  Issa said, "raise your right hand" and he did.  Then he said, "Higher" and he did.  I wish he hadn't.  It would have been great theater to have simply said, "no", but I'm sure it was just a dumbfounded reflex response.  I would have most likely done the same thing.

    What a cruddy, showboat, condescending, crappy (my limited vocabulary is showing) thing to do.  Issa is the worst of the worst.

  •  Issa is a moron (0+ / 0-)

    He should be sent back to anywhere but here since he is an undocumented human.

  •  I really don't know what the answer is... (1+ / 0-)
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    I'm sorry, but I can't support an open border idea. We can't take care of the whole world. One of the biggest problems I have with the current situation is that so many who live in much worse situations are denied any hope because they didn't win the "geographic lottery" of being born  in this hemisphere.

    I'm getting to the point of feeling that the only way to halt the incentive to come would be to reinstate a worker's visa  as was suggested, but to require a touch-back to get it.

    I don't see how it will be possible to sustain an influx of 100 - 200k unaccompanied children each year.

    •  Manditory e-verify coupled (0+ / 0-)

      with serious financial employer repercussions for hiring unauthorized workers remove the incentive.

      We do have worker visas which are currently devastating the native IT profession by making it cheaper to higher a foreign worker.  The touchback features do nothing to protect the native workforce.

      The only employment based visa should be the O-1 visa where the person has to prove they have extraordinary ability.  Most foreign workers are just ordinary workers doing ordinary work cheaper for the employer who owns the visa.

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