Everyone knows that we have an illegal immigration problem that is now underscored as tens of thousands of children from Central America showing up in Texas at the border. Yet, the immigration reform bill languishes in the U.S. House of Representatives. Republican Senator Marco Rubio helped draft the Senate bill that passed. He wants to be considered a presidential candidate, and yet he could not motivate members of his own controlled House of Representatives to support him.
Why are Republicans “spastic” (meaning having uncontrollable tendencies to politicize issues)?
Texas Governor Rick Perry (failed presidential candidate) taunted and pleaded for the President to make an appearance at the Texas border. The President didn’t want to overdramatize the problem of children crossing the border. He believes that his presence there at this time would exacerbate an already overburdened situation. The President met with Governor Perry privately yesterday and they agreed on aspects of the problem and solution. After that, Perry came on television to thank the President and still prodded him to trip on down to the border to peak at the problem. Republicans want this to be Obama’s Katrina moment. They are working diligently to fabricate that appearance.
The President hasn’t done himself any benefit by making campaign stops in the area while failing to assess the problem firsthand. Democrats are critical of that too. (Well placed criticism)
Nonetheless, the overarching problem is that the U.S. House of Representatives have failed to act on immigration reform.
- Address how 12 million illegal immigrants will be processed with an accelerated path to citizenship and a penalty for violating the law.
- Address foreign policy related to stopping illegal immigration from Latin American countries.
- Address actions required to educate and train younger new immigrants so that they can become exceptional contributors in the workforce.
It is past time for representatives from both parties to step up to address these critical needs in a mature and responsible manner.
“Rubio & Colleagues Introduce The “Border Security, Economic Opportunity & Immigration Modernization Act Of 2013”
Rubio calls for open debate, asks American public to read the bill and suggest improvements
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) today joined Senators John McCain (R-AZ), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Jeff Flake (R-AZ), Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) to introduce S. 744, the “Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013.” The bill’s introduction marks a first step toward achieving the strongest border security and enforcement measures in U.S. history, modernizing the legal immigration system to encourage economic growth and job creation, and ending today’s de facto amnesty by dealing with the undocumented immigrant population in a tough but fair way that is directly linked to achieving several security triggers.”