With all the polling coming out showing that a majority of American voters in both parties now support some type of legal status (albeit with conditions - but that has always been part of the bargain) for 11 million out-of-status immigrants, and that support for a pathway to citizenship is also growing, one might think that even the Republican House leaders who have been holding up reform for the past eight months would be paying some attention.

And, indeed, there is reason to believe that the Republican leaders are now heeding the voices of the people on immigration reform. The only question is: whose voices? And of which people?

The answer, according to a February 23 article in technicalcrunch.com is that they are heeding the voices of Iowa Republicans, especially those in the district of Representative Steve King (R-Iowa), whose vile racist attacks on Latino immigrants have earned him the condemnation of all decent Americans, including many influential Republicans.

According to its above article: A New Poll Showing Why Immigration Reform Probably Won't Pass This Year, TechCrunch ran a poll (with Google Surveys) in Steve King's district and found that 53 per cent of Republicans in the district would not vote for a candidate who favored an eventual path to citizenship for undocumented workers.


First, does this mean anything at all? A pathway to citizenship is a separate issue from the issue of legalization. The first, obviously, involves the eventual right to vote, one of great sensitivity to Republicans who are justly concerned about their abysmal standing with minority voters whom they are doing everything possible to antagonize.

The second issue primarily involves relief from the deportation mill which is now about to claim its 2 millionth deportee under our nation's Deporter-in-Chief , Barack Obama, who still claims with a straight face that he supports immigration reform.

According to every poll I have seen, significantly more Americans support relief from deportation and some sort of legal status for unauthorized immigrants than support a special pathway to citizenship for them. But suppose for the purposes of argument that every one of the 53 per cent of Republicans in Steve King's district who are against a pathway to citizenship is also opposed to any kind of legalization or relief from deportation for 11 million people.

Is Steve King's district typical of America in general? Of course not. The same article states that national polls show that a majority of the American public supports a path to citizenship (not just legalization) for the approximately 11 million immigrants who are in this country without legal authority.

Then why is there so much attention to Steve King's district, or Iowa in general? That question answers itself.

TechCrunch states:

"A relative minority of conservatives have persuaded the leadership in the House of Representatives that it's too political [sic] dangerous to pass a [reform] bill this year, even though it's broadly popular."

And Iowa, of course, is where presidential primaries begin. Is America really a democracy or not? Immigration supporters may be asking that question more and more often as 2014 passes by without immigration reform and we come closer to 2016.