Monday, June 24, 2013

National Journal Reporter: “Immigration Won't Pass This Year,” but is She Right, and Can We Trust Her?

Posted by Nicholas Stix


I thank reader-researcher "W" for the sendalong, who remarked


I hope this is an accurate reading of the tea leaves.


I don't know how trustworthy Fawn Johnson is, but even if she's as honest as the day is long, and none of the Gang of Eight Traitors has anything on her, she could still be wrong.


I'm a lifelong "New York" Jets fan. The first year I followed them, they won Super Bowl III, in one of the greatest upsets ever. Since then, they have developed ever new ways to break their fans' hearts. Like my beloved Mets.


About 20 years ago, we were playing our arch-nemesis Miami Dolphins, who were led by evil Dan Marino. Late in the game, Marino set up his offensive unit deep in Jets' territory to spike the ball, and thereby stop the clock. The Jets' defensive unit stood around for the formality. Only Marino didn't spike it. He took the snap from center, acted like he was going to spike it, one of his vicious receivers scooted into the end zone, and Marino he lofted a touch pass to him for the winning touchdown.


For a political example, in 1992, Bob Dole thought he had the New Hampshire primary in his pocket against King George Bush I, and so he "went to bed early." When he woke up, Bush had won New Hampshire, and it was all over but the shouting.


Immigration patriots cannot risk standing around and waiting for that spike. We are dealing with enemies for whom no depths are too low to stoop, in order to destroy America. We have to fight on until the final gun fires.



Time's Up. Immigration Won't Pass This Year

Plenty of effort will be devoted to reform over the next month, but it will die in August, just like last time.

By Fawn Johnson

Updated: June 24, 2013 | 6:07 a.m.
June 23, 2013 | 12:30 p.m.

National Journal


Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., says two-thirds of the Senate is lined up behind the immigration reform bill. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

Nothing less than a miracle will get major immigration legislation through Congress this year.

It's not the Senate's fault, not this time. The upper chamber is well on track to comfortably pass this week a sweeping bill that would legalize millions of undocumented immigrants and dramatically boost troops on the border. Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., a leader in the immigration effort, said on CNN's State of the Union that two-thirds of the Senate is already in favor of the bill.

But the House is slogging along on a piece-by-piece approach that does nothing but stretch out the debate until all that's left are wisps of ideas on work visas, local police enforcement, and electronic verification of workers.

Indeed, the House might not kill the bill outright, but the GOP players are passing the ball around until the clock runs out.

What's that clock look like? After senators get the bill done – probably in time to make their weekend barbeques -- they have a weeklong July 4 break. And then they get to wait for colleagues on the other side of the Capitol who will have four weeks – four weeks – to deliberate before Congress takes off for an even lengthier recess in August. Once Washington meets autumn, immigration falls off the priority track thanks to the reemergence of fiscal crisis.

The House Judiciary Committee has yet to tackle the most difficult issues on immigration—what to do with the current undocumented population and how to handle the future flow of low-skilled immigrants. There are no signs that the committee is working on any such bills. We don't know who would sponsor them or, on the off chance that someone actually puts pen to paper, that such measures could even get out of committee.

What about the House floor? The best hope for the immigration legislation to continue moving forward would be an "immigration week" in the House in July, in which members vote on several different bills to set up a far more conservative proposal than the solution posed in the Senate.

Under this theoretical "immigration week," the House would vote on a severe enforcement measure to give local police the authority to apprehend, investigate, and detain people suspected of residing in the country illegally. Members would vote to mandate electronic verification of employees.

The House might vote on a decidedly anti-union agriculture bill to give temporary work visas to undocumented farm workers but not a path to citizenship. But last week's unexpected and embarrassing defeat of the farm bill, courtesy of 62 feisty tea partiers, may give House GOP leaders pause before they bring up that one.

Only one of the smaller immigration bills that the Judiciary Committee will have ready for the floor in early July, on high-skill work visas, has the slightest chance of getting help from Democrats. The pro-business New Democrat Coalition has gone out of its way to praise Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., and Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., for proposing to boost the number of H-1B visas available for tech firms, but there are parts of the bill they don't support.

Yet even the moderate Democrats are lining up behind the Senate immigration bill instead of the House approach on high-skilled immigration. Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., who leads the immigration task force for the New Democrats, told National Journal that he does not want a high-tech bill to be a "distraction" from the comprehensive legislation being embraced by the Senate.

Somewhere in there, a bipartisan group of seven House members could release their own comprehensive proposal on immigration reform. But none of the members of this "gang" can tell you what happens to it next. They have no commitment from Goodlatte to push it through the Judiciary Committee, and all they know from House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, is that Goodlatte calls the shots.

Then comes August, the month in which legislation dies. The last time the Senate passed a major immigration bill in 2006, House Republicans used the August recess to kill it by staging a series of hearings around the country that did nothing but rile up conservatives against it.

Let's not forget the health care bill, which only passed after President Obama forced it through the Senate with Democratic votes using a parliamentary tactic that isn't available on immigration. It was in August of 2009 that Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, then the ranking member of the Finance Committee, definitively announced his opposition to the health care bill, ensuring that GOP senators would line up behind him. And at that time, Democrats controlled the House, which is how Obama pushed that bill over the finish line.

When lawmakers return to the Capitol in September, they will be facing another financial crisis as they debate raising the country's debt ceiling. The four- to six-week countdown toward extreme limitations on government payments to Social Security or military operations will do two things: It will suck all the life out of any deliberative legislative effort, immigration included, and it will polarize the political parties. It will be far from fertile ground for the biggest immigration overhaul in 30 years.

Proponents of the Senate's immigration package are hoping that a strong vote this week among senators will push the more reluctant House Republicans to act, if only to get the emotional issue out of the way. "We know there's going to be hard-line opponents. We know there's a number of people, [Rep.] Paul Ryan, [D-Wis.], and others, who are in favor of this and will be pitching it to their colleagues.… That's going to be the group that's interesting to watch," said America's Voice Executive Director Frank Sharry.

But Sharry acknowledged the most problematic hurdle to passing an immigration overhaul—support from a majority of House Republicans—still eludes proponents. "The House leadership will try to muster 120 votes for a path to citizenship. I find it hard to think they will get there," he said.

If House Republicans keep deliberating at their current pace, the bill will die from sheer talk.

This article appears in the June 24, 2013, edition of National Journal Daily.

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1 comment:

The PDK Herald/Crier Project said...

It should be clear to all non-liberal whites here in America with first, Barac's re-election in spite of all the destruction his first administration wrought upon America, and second, the complete collapse of republicans and the republican party from representing our Founding Fathers Republic to siding with white liberals and their alliance in embracing a socialist democracy, that, America is now "A dead man walking".

About the midnight hour of November the 7th 2012, with the election in the bag for Obama I beared witness to the complete depletion of my lifelong patriotism for America.

My patriotism cup for America went dry because so too did my Founding Fathers America.

George and the boys must be crying tears of great pain and sorrow.

I think however Karl Marx is smiling, and so too the not so great Negro God as the America Negro can now continue on interbreeding with whites, especially white women, allowing the said Negro to steal more, "enlarge the cerebrum and raise the IQ", white genes from the white gene pool.

White liberals, and liberal ideology have wrangled control of our once great Republic and transmogrified it to their socialist democracy. Not only however, do they choose to destroy our culture they also intend to give away our sacred gene pool.

Time to consider, in private thoughts and casual conversation, the need for secession by non-liberal whites from all other groups.

We all know our posterity depends upon us in the here and now.

Let us resolve to keep all that is ours. Thank you.