Update: December 11, 12:21 pm:

Politico reports that John Boehner has told Nancy Pelosi that immigration reform in the House will "have to wait until next year."

See: Nancy Pelosi: Immigration reform on hold in House, December 11.

This is not exactly a surprise, since the House is adjourning for the rest of the year this Friday. However, Politico also reports:

"But Republicans have been apprehensive [about immigration reform], with the most conservative members opposed to anything legalizing a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants."

With all due respect to Politico's great reporting on immigration reform, the "pathway to citizenship" question is not what is really blocking reform. The real obstacle to reform is that the Republican right wing remains firmly opposed to legalization for 11 million brown immigrants, which Steve King and his supporters still insist on calling by the racially charged, degrading term "amnesty", as if this were still 2007 and the 2012 election had never taken place.

The Tea Party and its followers have not given up on their "dream" (with a small "d", as in "delusion"), of deporting them all, down to the last man, woman and child. If we overlook this, we have Steve King to remind us.

My original post follows:

Representative Steve King (R-Iowa), who has already gained notoriety for comparing immigrants to dogs and calling DREAMERS "drug mules", is now continuing with his campaign of hate by saying that granting "amnesty" to immigrants in the country illegally would be equivalent, not only to giving a pass to a bank robber, but to letting him keep the money too.

See Politico: King likens amnesty, bank robbery, December 10.


According to Politico, King not only distrusts President Obama (surprise, surprise) whom King says has "set himself up for one-man rule", but also House Republican leaders such as Speaker John Boehner and Majority leader Eric Cantor. King doesn't believe that they are serious about refusing to go to conference with the Senate on its comprehensive reform bill.

Predictably, King also calls Boehner's hiring of Senator John McCain's former immigration specialist Rebecca Tallent an "ominous sign"

King, it seems, also does not have very high regard for the Christian values of charity and brotherly love when it comes to immigration reform.

Politico quotes King as follows:

"We might lose that debate in this country because of the sympathy factor, and its also added to by a lot of Christian groups who misread the scripture, and I'm happy to take on that debate with any one of these folks."

King did not mention how he thinks Christianity is related to breaking up the families of 11 million people who present no danger to America, locking them up and throwing them out of the country.

Nor did he explain how anti-immigrant hate fits in with the spirit of this Christmas holiday season. If Rep. King provides any further clarification on these points, I will be glad to share it with Immigration Daily readers.

In the meantime, when we wonder why immigration reform hasn't been going anywhere in the House, it is useful to remember that Steve King is not without allies inside and outside Congress who share his bigoted views but may not be wiling to speak as openly as he has.

But they are determined and will continue to fight until every last Latino, Asian and Caribbean unauthorized immigrant is deported, and our borders are sealed against new immigrants coming in through legal channels as well.