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Immigration Reform: Will Republicans ever get it right?

Is it really necessary for House Republicans to espouse a new proposal to address the status ofillegal immigrants against the already existing Senate comprehensive bill?  As preposterous as it may sound, it now seems obvious that power and hegemony are the tools that promote and reflect ideas as universal truths when it comes to the subject of immigration reform in Washington.

Trapped between proponents of comprehensive reform and national GOP leaders who want to attract Hispanic voters, House Speaker John Boehner now feels compelled to move immigration forward on a step by step basis rather than with a comprehensive bill.

Untrue to its form, House majority leader Eric  Cantor and Judiciary Committee chairman Bob Gootlatte (R-VA) respectively, are now crafting their own legislative version of a ‘Dream Act’ that will provide legal status  only to those children who were brought to the US illegally by their parents.

In line with this, Goodlatte stresses that ‘these children came here through no fault of their own and many of them know no other home than the United States.”

But to even contemplate the thought that Republicans, whose main preoccupation with immigration reform lies mostly in strengthening border security and other interior enforcement of immigration laws are now addressing the issue of illegal immigrants almost reads like fiction.

And as all works of fiction ‘read in whole or in part  with information that is not factual but rather  imaginary,’ so too, the Republicans piecemeal concept  at tackling immigration reform leaves many wondering whether fiction indeed has the power to generate innovation and change or whether it will further  destruct the subplot.

Then again, even if this piecemeal concept rings true, it is easy to see how this new approach features added negativity on Republican leadership and further cloud the dust in moving forward. Evidently, this move is not saturated in a truth that provides freedom for the more than 11 million victims of economic misery, but one where as leading political lecturer Andrew Heywood affirms, “another method whereby ruling elites are using political ideas to contain opposition and restrict debate through ideological manipulation.”


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In truth, every sovereign nation has the right to decide who and how an individual can be legalized but what sense does it make in providing legal status to the children and not the parents? How can one group deserve a higher priority for legalization than the other group if both groups are labeled as illegal?

Regardless of Rand Paul’s (R-KY) emphatic statement “that the GOP will benefit from enacting a version of immigration reform before the election of 2016,” this new conceptual idea of smaller increments as an alternative to immigration reform is still problematic to follow.  Not only is it highlighting a backward progress on immigration reform, but it also sheds light on the Republican’s reluctance to provide legal status to illegal immigrants, neglects several fundamental immigration problems and exposes a debauched portrait of their party’s principle.

Yet, Republicans continue walking blindly with open eyes.

And it is in walking this extra mile that Democrats, while criticizing this piecemeal approach still appear content in breaking up legislation if it means holding separate votes will help win a passage on the House floor.

But finding accord still seems gloomy.

Clearly, this bizarre move by House Republicans shows that the legislative outlook on immigration reform is growing uncertain, making it difficult to concede that an immigration overhaul  can be expected  by the August deadline.

The move also shows that Boehner has either failed or needs a new direction in bringing a bipartisan bill to the House floor. His constant threat of beseeching to a contentious ‘Hastert Rule’ and catering to special interest groups is an urgent awakening to labor unions,   churches and organizational groups that it is time to wage an aggressive fight for immigration reform.

In the meantime, while many US companies wait on immigrants to fill future factory, domestic and agricultural jobs legally, an important piece of legislation that favors a way out of the shadows for millions, remain paraded around in political and ideological turmoil.


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Rebeca Theodore

Rebeca Theodore is a national security and political op-ed columnist based in Washington DC. Her work has appeared in various newsprint throughout the Caribbean, Canada and the US. Follow her on twitter @rebethd. Contact the author.


  1. Legalized illegals won’t become taxpayers;
    they will become dependent on U.S. taxpayers,
    competing for benefits with our own existing poor.

  2. StopTheLies says:

    “while many US companies wait on immigrants to fill future factory, domestic and agricultural jobs legally…”.

    There’s no reason to wait — the US has an abundance of workers with the skills, education and intelligence for every available job.

  3. Join, we, the people, in holding the line …



    we, the people, stand united against amnesty, protected legal status, or whatever else they choose to call it … this isn’t about political party, this isn’t about votes, and above all this isn’t about race, nationality, ethnicity, color, or religion … this is about protecting America, our sovereign nation, against an invasion by 10’s of millions of illegal immigrants. Illegal immigrants who broke our laws when they crossed our border; or overstayed their visas. Then came document fraud, identity theft, and illegal employment. We are a nation of laws; we do not reward those who wantonly break our laws. We, the people, want our existing federal laws against illegal immigration enforced … nothing more, nothing less … it’s as simple as that … it really is…..

    citizenship is the highest honor our country can bestow,
    reserved for those who follow the rules and wait in line

  4. Regarding the Ill Effects of Illegal Immigration Reform
    The CBO analysis shows that:

    average wages of American workers would be lower,
    than they otherwise would be
    through at least the first 10 years of the law’s enactment.

    The unemployment rate would also rise for the first 10 years,
    due to a large increase in the labor force.

    GDP would increase, but:
    the much more important, GDP per capita,
    would decrease for a prolonged period of time.

    June jobless rates rise in 28 states

    360,000 part-time jobs created last month ……….

    240,000 full-time jobs lost

    Year-to-date: 557,000 part-time jobs have been added,
    but only 130,000 full-time jobs…

    Employment still hasn’t regained the number reached in
    January, 2008 .. 138.056 million employed;
    this despite a population increase of 12.5 million.

    ..Total NonFarm
    ……Employment .. Pop ……..(in millions)
    2008 Jan. 138.056 303.8 HIGH
    2010 Feb. 129.320 308.8 LOW
    2013 Jun. 135.902 316.2 NOW

    Black Unemployment 13.7%; Hispanic Unemployment 9.1%

    Illegal Immigrant Employment, as it now exists, within our United States

    OFF-THE-BOOKS, there’s a rapidly growing $2+ Trillion Underground Economy in the U.S,, which has doubled in the last four years, heavily populated by illegal immigrants. . S.744 does absolutely nothing to address the Underground Economy. It’s highly doubtful that many would opt for citizenship. They will still be here working off-the-books, and more will come .. More than 12% of our economy is OFF-THE-BOOKs, under the table.

    ON-THE-BOOKS, Eight million illegal immigrants are working in, non-agriculture, American jobs, by using false, or stolen SS numbers. Using SS mismatches, DHS knows where these illegal immigrants are working.

    Less than 4% of all illegal immigrants, in our United States, are working in agriculture.


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