Comment: Sensenbrenner Revisited
It appears that many in the GOP have not learned the lesson of 2012, and that these reactionaries within the GOP are determined to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory in 2014. The House Judiciary committee began markup of the Safe Act which "would make it a crime to be "unlawfully present" in the U.S. and would give new authority to state and local officials to enforce immigration laws." While the original Sensenbrenner bill sought to criminalize Americans serving the undocumented hungry in soup kitchens (and in that sense the Safe Act is marginally saner) to make mere presence in the USA a crime is completely un-American. Undocumented immigration to the USA is nothing new - it has existed as long as there have been immigration laws. Put another way, undocumented Americans are as American as apple pie. Obviously, some in the GOP don't get it, and all the rest of the GOP may have to pay the price for their lack of knowledge. We have no doubt which way events will eventually unfold - the great-grandchildren of the GOP members of today's House Judiciary committee will be descended from today's undocumented Americans. However, in the short term, not only would the GOP's electoral position in 2014 and 2016 be imperiled, the fate of CIR in the next month may well be on the line. That would be a tragedy, not just for the GOP, but more importantly for the country as a whole.

However, let us, like Congressman Gutierrez did, look at the bright side. GOP Rep. Bachus of Alabama offered an amendment to delay criminalization until 2015, so that Congress would have time in the interim to legalize the undocumented. Commenting on this, Mr. Gutierrez said "I'm happy he proposed it, because from the deep South, the state of Alabama, Mr. Bachus stood up today and said, I'm uncomfortable with this, because I want to legalize people, and I don't want to criminalize them". We agree with Mr. Gutierrez and commend Mr. Bachus, and especially commend those in Alabama who sent him to represent them. So, the case for sanity in the GOP is not completely hopeless. We urge Mr. Bachus's fellow partisans to get with the program and accept the fact that the undocumented of today are not only not going anywhere, but are in fact their in-laws to be.

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