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Republicans are getting less than rave reviews for their performance last week in answering the latest immigration flashpoint: the thousands of Central American refugee children entering the country. In case you missed the fireworks last Thursday and Friday, Republican leadership was trying to figure out a way to respond to the humanitarian crisis at the border. Responding to that crisis wasn't something that hard-line tea party Republicans are interested in, unless that response involves deporting as many people as is humanly possible, and they were emboldened by de facto Speaker Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX).

After the leadership's first attempt to bring bills to the floor on Thursday failed, Speaker Boehner and his team just gave up and handed the mess over to the crazies. The result was two bills basically crafted for Cruz and his House minions, Reps. Steve King (R-IA) and Michele Bachmann (R-MN). And, of course, the rest of the Republican caucus followed along behind, passing legislation that even the Republican stalwart Wall Street Journal finds deplorable.

The House GOP looked ready Friday to pass a bill to address the influx of children over the Southwest border, though not before providing another spectacle of internal disarray. The bill should have been a moment to redirect attention to President Obama's cynical handling of the border problem and to the Democratic Party's immigration divisions. Instead the GOP again gave the country the impression that its highest policy priority is to deport as many children as rapidly as possible back from wherever they came.
That's not just an impression the Republicans are giving, that's their policy. Nothing says that more clearly than the fact leadership caved to Cruz and turned policy-making over to Bachmann and King. Not everyone in the conference might have been happy with that, but almost all of them voted for it. Republicans now own the fact that their official policy is, in the words of Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) "Deport 'em all." They own that, and they carry it into November.

It might not be a disaster for them this year, in a midterm election where just one Senate race—in Colorado—has a substantial Hispanic voting bloc. But it sure as hell will hurt them in a national race in 2016, something Sen. Marco Rubio is well aware of. Rubio, a sometimes 2016 hopeful, tried to make lemonade out of the fiasco on the Sunday shows. Forget comprehensive immigration reform, he says, this reform needs to be done in stages.

"We're not debating what to do. We're debating how to do it," Rubio said. "We will never have the votes necessary to pass one bill with all those things. It just won't happen. So, our choices are: We can continue to beat our heads against the wall and try a process for which we will never have the support, or we can try another way that we could perhaps make progress on."
That's an interesting rewrite of Senate history right there, where there most certainly was the votes to pass comprehensive reform because they did it. All it would have taken in the House would be for Boehner to take the already-passed Senate bill to the floor. It would pass with Democratic and Republican votes. Or it would have, before Republicans decided they had to become the party of Deport 'em All.

Originally posted to Joan McCarter on Mon Aug 04, 2014 at 09:44 AM PDT.

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  •  Tip Jar (34+ / 0-)

    "The NSA’s capability at any time could be turned around on the American people, and no American would have any privacy left, such is the capability to monitor everything. [...] There would be no place to hide."--Frank Church

    by Joan McCarter on Mon Aug 04, 2014 at 09:44:46 AM PDT

  •  We should just bubble wrap the Statue of Liberty.. (9+ / 0-)

    ....and strap it on a tanker back to France.

    Almost everything you do will seem insignificant, but it is most important that you do it.

    by The Termite on Mon Aug 04, 2014 at 09:52:08 AM PDT

  •  "That's not just an impression the Republicans are (7+ / 0-)

    giving, that's their policy "

    Perfect.  It takes an publication as simple-minded and un-self-aware to miss that obvious point.

    From Neocon to sane- thanks to Obama- and Kos.

    by satrap on Mon Aug 04, 2014 at 10:00:56 AM PDT

  •  Latin Voter have long memories. (11+ / 0-)

    Pete Wilson and Prop 187 severed the GOP from the Hispanic community in California, so far, permanently.
    And  that was 20 years ago.
    If Hillary brings Julian Castro on as her Veep, the GOP can forget about the WhiteHouse for a generation or two. Long enough that they might shrivel up and disintegrate before they are forgiven.
    Couldn't happen to a more deserving bunch of guys.

    If I ran this circus, things would be DIFFERENT!

    by CwV on Mon Aug 04, 2014 at 10:10:59 AM PDT

  •  The proper political solution at this point (7+ / 0-)

    ...is to shut down the H1B program, start screening emplooyers for employing undocumented workers, and putting some pain on Republican constituencies.

    Close the Canadian border as well.  To immigration and to dilbit.

    If the GOP wants to scream and holler, give them something real to scream and holler about for a change--not this continuing phony bullshit.

    50 states, 210 media market, 435 Congressional Districts, 3080 counties, 192,480 precincts

    by TarheelDem on Mon Aug 04, 2014 at 10:36:45 AM PDT

  •  Chris Christie adopts policy of hating children... (2+ / 0-)
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    mjd in florida, oldcrow

    Or he's going to have to if he's running for President in 2016.

    With Mitt (who snubbed him) teaming up to fundraise with Christie on September 10th (queue the bridge jokes), it appears that the endorsement is in, the front runner established (the money, too), and the machine engaged.

    So Christie will have to embrace the GOP policy of hating kids in addition to their teachers.  (Not like they have anyone better -- warts bridges and all.)

    Happy little moron, Lucky little man.
    I wish I was a moron, MY GOD, Perhaps I am!
    —Spike Milligan

    by polecat on Mon Aug 04, 2014 at 10:43:48 AM PDT

  •  Heard On The Street (3+ / 0-)
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    polecat, catfood, mjd in florida

    Suggestion for the title of Sarah Palin's new cable channel show: I Love Lucy But Deport Ricky.

  •  Will probably help them in (2+ / 0-)
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    bananapouch1, northerntier

    the short term...those assholes screaming at buses of refugees and/or boy scouts are probably pretty happy. I know the "go home" people on my Facebook have certainly lit up - the question is, how much short-term damage can the Republicans do if they win big in November?

  •  Senator Rubio is wrong (Surprise!). (3+ / 0-)

    We WILL have the votes to pass a single comprehensive immigration bill  -- when we elect a Democratic House and a Democratic Senate.  Rubio just HOPES that those never happen.

    Anyone arguing that there's no difference between the parties is a fucking moron who can simply go to hell. -- kos

    by Its the Supreme Court Stupid on Mon Aug 04, 2014 at 10:57:20 AM PDT

  •  Not all Repugs are racist but... (2+ / 0-)
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    oldcrow, eagleray

    ...if you are a racist you are a Repug.

    The base of the Tea Party/GOP is made up of racists, theocrats and Ayn Randist libertarians.   They act like a cornered rat.  They know demographics will eventually kill them. Cornered rats are vicious and cannot be taken lightly. It will get uglier before things change.  If they were to win the WH in 2016 I envision concentration camps and mass deportations.  If they keep the House no immigration law will pass.  

    Daily Kos an oasis of truth. Truth that leads to action. UID: 9742

    by Shockwave on Mon Aug 04, 2014 at 11:01:36 AM PDT

  •  House relationship with Cruze (6+ / 0-)

    "How did you ever learn to talk with that brain? - Walsh to Jayne, Firefly.

    by WTFurious on Mon Aug 04, 2014 at 11:03:14 AM PDT

  •  Revisionism indeed. (0+ / 0-)

    I love it how Rubio makes up different excuses for his shifting positions on immigration. One day he helps write a comprehensive bill that passes, the other day he says such a bill could never pass.

  •  I'm really starting to think (2+ / 0-)
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    mjd in florida, RichM

    that Ted Cruz is just a plain, old garden variety anarchist.  He's also found that he can get a lot more of the attention he craves from the boys and girls in the Crackers Caucus.

    Wrap that all up in the creepy folie a deux he has going on with his old man and this could turn out to be quite a show.

    The Anointed One goes to Washington . . .

    •  No, he would have to be anticapitalist (1+ / 0-)
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      catfood

      to be an anarchist. He'd also have to appose hierarchy, patriarchy, racism, economic inequality, top-down power structures, wage labor, rents, interest, stocks, profiteering.

      I don't think he's quite there yet. ;)

      "Liberty without socialism is privilege, injustice; socialism without liberty is slavery and brutality." - Michael Bakunin (Economic Left/Right: -10.00 Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -9.79)

      by ZhenRen on Mon Aug 04, 2014 at 11:59:15 AM PDT

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      •  Not really. "Anarchism" doesn't have to cover (1+ / 0-)
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        BetteNoir

        anything except the area of "non-Government".  Most, if not all, self-styled "Libertarians" are anarchists in fact, whatever their attitudes towards racism, and the various forms of monetary/economic issues, and clan/tribal responses, might be.

        The "anarchist" is, merely, divorced from the reality that follows upon any form of human social structure that seeks stability, order, and growth; which might be called "civilization" on a level other than clan/tribal.  For the "anarchist", the complexity of all the other areas is, merely, "natural" to humans; and any "imposition" of laws, rules, and regulations, by any form of organized and structured "community" is "artificial".

        •  No, anarchism as a socioeconomic theory (0+ / 0-)

          dates back to Proudhon in 1840, who was the first to use that word to describe himself as an anarchist. It has always meant anti-capitalism, and has always stood in opposition to private property used in production. The term libertarian also still means anarchism (the original anticapitalist form) outside of the backwards US.

          Anarchism doesn't mean simply "non-government" but rather, absence of authority. It replaces central government with federations of egalitarian communities based on direct democracy and equality. Thus, no central rulers.

          Anarchism is in fact based on a highly organized approach. It is socialism without the authoritarianism.

          It is true that right wing groups have tried to misapply the label, as well as the Libertarian label, but these groups are really not in support of non-authoritarianism, because they support capitalism, one of the most authoritarian concepts ever devised, since it creates an owning class which controls and enslaves a working class using wage labor and theft of surplus value.

          Right wing "libertarians" would have a government, because they need enforcement of property ownership upon which their social control is based. Thus, there there would be forms of top-down control, no matter what they pretend to call it.

          "Liberty without socialism is privilege, injustice; socialism without liberty is slavery and brutality." - Michael Bakunin (Economic Left/Right: -10.00 Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -9.79)

          by ZhenRen on Mon Aug 04, 2014 at 02:55:32 PM PDT

          [ Parent ]

  •  2016 (1+ / 0-)
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    polecat

    The R ticket will probably have either Rubio or Cruz on it, and therefore, they think Latins will vote for them.  

    Actions speak louder than petitions.

    by melvynny on Mon Aug 04, 2014 at 11:09:45 AM PDT

    •  Christie/Cruz or Christie/Rubio... (1+ / 0-)
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      RBStanfield

      Whichever of the two is more likely to fit the Ryan role of Tea Bagger orthodoxy.  (Cruz)

      Happy little moron, Lucky little man.
      I wish I was a moron, MY GOD, Perhaps I am!
      —Spike Milligan

      by polecat on Mon Aug 04, 2014 at 11:11:49 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  Native born American (0+ / 0-)

      Has anyone noticed Ted Cruz was born in Canada? Can't be President.

      •  Neither was McCain. But that is irrelevant (1+ / 0-)
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        RichM

        unless your name is Arnold Schwarzenegger neither of whom's parents were US Citizens.

        Happy little moron, Lucky little man.
        I wish I was a moron, MY GOD, Perhaps I am!
        —Spike Milligan

        by polecat on Mon Aug 04, 2014 at 11:38:59 AM PDT

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        •  Cruz might not be eligible to run (0+ / 0-)

          for president if his one US citizen parent didn't file the proper paperwork with a US consulate or embassy after his birth. So far he hasn't provided any proof that she did.
          A Canadian hospital birth certificate isn't necessarily proof of citizenship unless we have some kind of arrangement with Canada of which I'm not aware.
          McCain was eligible to run because he was born to US citizens serving in the military in a territory under US control.
          The circumstances of Cruz's father's immigration bear some scrutiny, too, given that the word is Cruz senior was a Castro crony and fled Cuba to Canada rather than the US after a falling out with Castro. Under normal circumstances, Cubans who set foot on US soil have automatic asylum.
          I'm willing to be proven wrong as long as we see some evidence of Cruz' s actual status.
          I'm beginning to feel like a broken record on this topic, but it may very well be the GOP will have its own birther issue in this case.
          Only this time it's a problem that has some traction.

  •  ..... (1+ / 0-)
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    Eagles92

    Not only are the Republicans/Tea Partiers missing the compassion gene, they're also missing the brain gene.

  •  Rubio isn't spinning (0+ / 0-)

    He has been spun dizzy by Cruz, Steve King, and Bachmann. When does one say enough and start governing instead of playing political gamesmanship and spinning? The latest spin the tea baggers are trying to push is that they think they are going to take control of the senate away from Harry Reid. Control of the senate requires a super majority of at least 60. Nobody ever said that tea baggers are whizzes at math.

    Knowledge is Power. Ignorance is not bliss, it is suffering. If you like hypocrite Obama, you'll love hypocrite Hillary.

    by harris stein on Mon Aug 04, 2014 at 11:26:34 AM PDT

  •  Let's be honest (0+ / 0-)

    If they could, the Republicans would deport everyone commenting on this site here. They would deport and deport and deport until the US was basically 7 guys armed to the teeth and all screaming about "death panels."

  •  Meanwhile, many Texans are (3+ / 0-)
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    Eagles92, red moon dog, Mr MadAsHell

    participating in  From Texas with Love  started by the Texas Young Democrats to send clothing and basic supplies to the border.

    These children will likely be starting to school in a few weeks -Presbyterian Disaster Assistance is sending both financial aid and school supply kits in cloth bags for the children.  Out Sunday School class is participating in this project.

    I know that Catholic Charities was out in front of the pack, offering aid to the children, and imagine other normally conservative or middle-of-the-road groups are also involved in some form of relief.

    I wonder what they think of the GOP's hardline deportation stance?

    The truth always matters.

    by texasmom on Mon Aug 04, 2014 at 12:04:14 PM PDT

    •  This is so great to hear. (2+ / 0-)
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      Mr MadAsHell, texasmom

      And renews (at least some) of my faith in humanity.

      There was an excellent NYT article about a week ago, detailing religious leaders' response to the border crisis. I'll try to find it. In the meantime, the unanimous, cross-denominational opinion was one that called for compassion over ideology. Too bad this is obviously falling on deaf ears ...

      You see, there are still faint glimmers of civilization left in this barbaric slaughterhouse that was once known as humanity. Indeed that's what we provide in our own modest, humble, insignificant... oh, fuck it. -- M. Gustave

      by Eagles92 on Mon Aug 04, 2014 at 12:28:41 PM PDT

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      •  My top concern is to take care (0+ / 0-)

        of the children in the best way possible while they are in our care.  And  like it or not, they are in our care.  My late night musings make me wonder if this is some kind of a test for us - do not mistreat or oppress a foreigner, for you were foreigners in Egypt and all that.  

        I do wonder if the hateful rhetoric and harsh proposals of the GOP may drive some people of faith away from their party.  We need to keep our door open if they do.

        The truth always matters.

        by texasmom on Mon Aug 04, 2014 at 02:20:11 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

    •  I heard Wisconsin might take some of the kids (1+ / 0-)
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      texasmom

      but there are some here, who are all up in arms and scared to death they will come here.  I was in Green Bay, in the 1980's, when Catholic Charities brought a lot of Hmong to Green Bay and the Fox Valley and it caused a lot of friction.  I don't remember just where they were going to put the kids, but I thought it was somewhere in Green Bay or the Fox Valley.

  •  that vote tells the whole story (0+ / 0-)

    Republicans from the business wing, we can use Speaker Boehner as the role model, have insisted that something positive needs to happen on immigration. The hardline anti-immigrant Republicans obviously don't agree. The bottom line is that the anti members will not vote for any bill other than deportation for any reason whatsoever and when push-came-to-shove, the business Republicans voted FOR this anti bill.

    They can say whatever they want, but Dems really can use this vote against them and should. I always marvel at Dems inability to use Repub votes against them except for Social Security and Medicare.

  •  Wouldn't Tom Udall in NM also count? (0+ / 0-)
    It might not be a disaster for them this year, in a midterm election where just one Senate race—in Colorado—has a substantial Hispanic voting bloc. (emphasis added)

    "Push the button, Max!" Jack Lemmon as Professor Fate, The Great Race

    by bartcopfan on Mon Aug 04, 2014 at 12:33:18 PM PDT

  •  Curious how the GOP screamed (0+ / 0-)

    that the border situation was going to mean imminent apocalypse for the US, but everyone went home on vacation anyway without doing anything.

  •  Terrorists using children to infiltrate our border (0+ / 0-)

    Another Rick Perry Gem.  Claims the terrorists are infiltrating our border, by using all these children, to draw our attention away from other parts of the border.  After all, he mobilized the Texas National Guard, to guard the border.  Don't matter if they are not allowed to have guns or arrest anyone, this is a show of force and it will be notice to the countries, where these kids come from, that we mean business.

  •  I'm surprised this doesn't include... (0+ / 0-)

    some kind of crazy provision:

    The little brown kids can stay as long as they go work on a farm for $1 a day, but as soon as the season is over they have to get out or find another farm to work on.

    That is what conservatives think is the only thing immigrants are good for after all...

  •  That 'suffer the children to come to me' thing (0+ / 0-)

    is an away game for Republicans.

    Odd, given what they make out that they're about.

    And yet...oddly...no. Not really.

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