Congressional Democrats and advocates for immigration reform will have to decide how much to bend as they await proposals from House Republicans that are likely to fall far short of what they have demanded. House GOP leaders plan to release as soon as next week their principles for rewriting the nation’s immigration laws, a document that could be followed by a series of legislative proposals. The principles are expected to be broad-brush in nature and emphasize border and interior security measures, but they are likely to include a first-ever official House GOP endorsement of legal status for many of the nation’s 11 million illegal immigrants, according to people familiar with the deliberations. “We feel like the dynamics in the House are definitely tilting in our favor right now,” said Marshall Fitz, director of immigration policy at the Center for American Progress, a liberal think tank. Republicans are expected to push for granting more power to state and local authorities to enforce immigration laws, a move that Democrats have long opposed. And while the principles may propose legal status for illegal immigrants, Republicans in the House are against creating a new pathway to citizenship, and they want legalization tied to stronger enforcement triggers than were included in the bill the Senate passed last year. After reading this portion we stand in support of allowing the several states to assist in all of the enforcement procedures and it is important for them to get something such as a law safe guarding their proposed directives. Lorella Praeli, advocacy and policy director for United We Dream, said the push for more triggers along the path to citizenship was “a cause for concern,” but she stopped short of drawing a clear line. We feel that is because neither party has made a clear line; moreover, most of the American people have not even been considered.
The Senate bill would have allowed many illegal immigrants to gain citizenship within 13 years, but any House proposal is likely to have a longer and narrower path. On a conference call with reporters Friday, Fitz said the triggers would be judged by whether they were achievable or whether they were “blocking people from being protected.” “This entire notion of ‘being protected’ is language that should offend every American citizen, said William Blakely of Chesapeake Maryland. This much is for certain – these illegal immigrants should be thanking their lucky stars, god, and Heaven – for ever being considered a pathway to citizenship.
Leadership aides have emphasized that the document is not being drafted by Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) but by a group of members that includes the Speaker’s top lieutenants, Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and Republicans like Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (Fla.) who have been involved in repeated efforts to overhaul the immigration system. The advocates are also placing their trust in Rebecca Talent, the former chief of staff to Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) who Boehner hired to advise him on immigration late last year. Even if Republicans can get the majority of their conference that Boehner is requiring to support immigration legislation, they will need Democratic votes to help overcome conservative opposition and push any proposals over the top. Like the advocates, key House Democrats are welcoming the movement from Republicans but say they will wait to see actual legislative proposals before committing to help them. Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) said in a statement Friday “I think we have a very realistic chance to legalize undocumented immigrants, put millions on a path to citizenship, stop the deportations that are brutalizing immigrant communities, and restore legal immigration.” As for our organization here, The Contemplative Thinker, who is this Rep. Gutierrez think he is talking too? Please let us assure you that a) legalize illegal aliens, b) millions on a pathway to American citizenship, c) what brutalization is going on within immigration communities as a result of the Obama Administration suing everyone involved for not being able to do their work and d) restore legal immigration. Just a bit of overall concern for the dishonest and conniving Rep. Gutierrez; the system may be run over, beaten up, and may seem to be as illegal. However, least we try to remind this waste of taxpayer funds that no American willfully tries to break immigration laws.