Comprehensive immigration reform is dead
Conservatives are outraged about the situation on the U.S.-Mexico border — so much so that it might even be harming the already-dim future prospects for comprehensive immigration reform.
Republican support for allowing undocumented immigrants to stay in the United States legally has dropped by 10 points since February, according to a new poll from the Pew Research Center.
While 64 percent of Republicans back then supported allowing immigrants to stay in the United States legally — a key aspect of comprehensive reform — only 54 percent do today. Support has also dropped for Democrats and independents, but by smaller margins.
The biggest drop in support for giving undocumented immigrants legal status was with tea party Republicans. In February, 56 percent thought undocumented immigrants should be allowed to stay if they met certain requirements. Now, only 41 percent agree with that statement.
Why does this matter? Well, the big hold-up in the whole immigration debate remains the
internal split in the GOP between party leaders who want to get something done and conservatives who are worried about granting “amnesty.” This poll suggests that split is close to 50-50 again — and the party couldn’t even get anything resolved when the legalization crowd was the clear majority.
We on the other hand suggest that it is in the way the entire “reform divination” has been and continues to be handled.
At The Contemplative Thinker we believe that this result will always be the net result as long as the POTUS is for some reason unable to work with both parties. As for this group of Americans we have witnessed an unconscionable amount of badgering and bashing one party for what? Wanting to see a truly reformed system enacted for the improvement of our United States.
After the first year when President Obama all but publicly uttered more mishaps, started more scandals, and admitted that the “federal government has found immigration reform very ‘inactive’ from his perspective.” He continued in the same speech that he could understand how any administration would willingly leave this kind of work for another administration.
That’s the real story here — whatever is causing the intense feelings surrounding immigration on the anti-immigration side, it isn’t driven by an increase in crime or illegal immigration, or even inaction by the federal government.
AND NOW, A WORD FROM HILLARY CLINTON
Just so that we could illuminate that this “new surge” at our border was not something that just popped into the mind of a 5 year old child.
After Hillary Clinton said on Ecuadorian television that the Justice Department “will bring a lawsuit” against Arizona over its new immigration-enforcement bill, a senior official in the Obama administration confirmed her remarks and said the department was finishing building its case.
Earlier today the Justice Department said it was “continuing to review the law.” Quick change of heart, huh? This whole thing played out in typical Washington fashion: political leaders cautiously expressed “concern” and promised to “examine their options” for action, there was a leak, a denial , and finally, an admission (cue outrage from Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer ). Really, it was only a matter of time before the Justice Department announced it would be suing Arizona.
The Obama administration has been able to bide its time because the law doesn’t take effect until August, but Clinton’s admission put a stop to all the political hedging. If the law indeed went into effect a few months from now, it would…