CIR Supporter Marco Rubio Wants to Defund the Affordable Care Act. Is He Setting a Precedent for Defunding Immigration Reform Too? by Roger Algase

Even if the Senate CIR bill, S.744, somehow manages to get through the House and become law, which looks to be considerably less than a sure bet at this point, will it be immune from sabotage by anti-immigrant Republicans even after it is passed?

Not if they follow the example of Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), a Gang of Eight member and prominent CIR advocate. According to Politico: Defund Obamacare or no spending deal (July 11) Rubio has announced that he will vote to shut down the entire government unless the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is defunded.

Since CIR is no less controversial, and no less hated on the Republican right than the Affordable Care Act, is not Rubio in effect showing anti-immigrant Republicans a way to destroy his own immigration reform law if it is ever enacted?

Not that anti-immigrant Republicans need Rubio to teach them how to sabotage CIR if it becomes law. The House has already passed a measure to defund President Obama's DREAM initiative. (See, Politico: House sends message to Obama on deportations, June 6.) Even though this bill will go nowhere in the Democratic Senate, it may be a sign of things to come.

In the current political climate, any immigration reform law would be almost certain to face a defunding challenge from Congressional Republicans.

It is also worth noting that both CIR and the ACA are intended to help millions of less privileged and minority people, who are prime targets of the GOP. This might explain the sheer intensity of the rage which has been generated against both of these measures on the far right.

If enacted, CIR may not only face a funding challenge from the extreme right, but also a Constitutional one, as was the case with the ACA.

If any compromise with House Republicans is ever reached which would allow passage of CIR, reform supporters should be careful to make sure that the final version of the bill does not include Constitutional poison pills, as well as policy ones.

See, Politico, July 11: GOP points to taxes in rejecting immigration bill.

In addition, if CIR doesn't pass (and possibly even if it does) it would not be at all surprising if House Republicans try to impeach President Obama over immigration enforcement issues before his second term ends (assuming that Republicans hold onto the House in 2014).

There will be more about these topics in my future posts.