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An immigration problem bubbles at the border. Republicans declare that national security is at stake, but they do nothing to address the solution. They blame the President, but clearly, it isn’t the President who has failed to legislate. The Senate passed a version of immigration reform. The Republican-led U.S. House of Representatives have done nothing with it.

This story by Alexander Bolton at The Hill says that white Americans don’t seem to care about immigration reform and that lets Republican incumbents off the hook. Democrats can’t win seats on the issue, so no one cares. White college-degreed voters have slipped away from the President and Democrats. Is that a big number? It was important enough to get Obama elected. It is important enough to maintain the status quo. So, losing it is important.

A languishing do-nothing Congress isn’t what the nation needs, but it may be what voters ordered. The dish is arriving cold in Election 2014, and the voters can’t send it back. The order is already in and cannot be cancelled.

What this nation needs is a good new war to shake things up. That’s right, WWIII is developing what with the Jihad and all. The fuse is lit in Israel and Gaza. How long will it take to blow up in Iran?

How about that big spill from Syria into Iraq? ISIS has spread and is burning like hot oil. To where will that fire seap? Will it ignite the entire Middle East while Congress continues to feud with President Obama?

Is America imploding while the Middle East is exploding?

How far away is America from the day when white people -- white voters, become the minority. At what point will the majority of Americans stop caring about them? At what point will poor people become a more significant majority than the minority of rich people?

“Immigration reform hopes fade

By Alexander Bolton - 07/12/14 06:00 AM EDT

Immigration reform has fizzled as an issue for Democrats, who are barely mentioning it on the campaign trail despite making the issue their top domestic priority in 2013 and 2014.
Latino voters, who are the most energized about overhauling the nation’s immigration laws, will have little impact on the battle for control of the Senate, with the possible exception of Sen. Mark Udall’s (D) race in Colorado.

White working-class voters will play a more important role in the midterm election compared to the 2012 presidential election. They are not energized by immigration reform. Instead, they are concerned about downward pressure on wages, which the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has linked to higher immigration levels.

Coincidently, President Obama’s support among white voters without college degrees has steadily eroded.

Democratic strategists admit their party’s record on immigration reform will do little to help candidates this year, although they predict it could be a potent weapon in the 2016 presidential election.

“In light of turnout models it’s probably not as strong an issue as it would be in presidential years,” said Steve Jarding, a Democratic strategist and former advisor to several senators from conservative leaning states such as former Sen. John Edwards (D-N.C.).

“I still think Democrats have fumbled this issue because they allow the issue to be played on Republican terms,” he said. “Republicans are trying to suggest immigration is the reason wages are suppressed and it’s a racial issue. I don’t like it. That’s what they’re doing cynically. They’re saying when you get immigration, you suppress the wages of non-immigrants, i.e. white people.”

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