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The good omens for a real immigration statute in 2013 continue to multiply. First it was Rep. Gutierrez's announcement on Jan 4th that he would forego 20 years of seniority on the House Financial Services Committee to join the House Judiciary Committee – which could be a crucial focal point for immigration reform in 2013. This courageous decision, for which we heartily commend Mr. Gutierrez, ensures that there will be someone who cares for immigrants in his heart when the House Judiciary Committee takes up the massive immigration bills soon to come (goodwill toward immigrants is a sentiment shared by some on that committee, but not by all – there are both Republicans and Democrats on that committee whose vision of America does not quite include immigrants in the way it should). Hard on the heels of this piece of news have come – count 'em – one, two and now three gestures of support for meaningful immigration reform from 2016 Republican nomination hopefuls. Sen. Rubio of Florida (who scared President Obama into making DACA a reality) announced principles for immigration reform in a Wall Street Journal interview last week. Rep. Ryan (on the ticket with Gov. Romney in 2012) supported Mr. Rubio's expansive immigration vision, and now Mr. Romney's chief contender for the Republican nomination last year, former Sen. Santorum has said that immigration reform ought to be Mr. Obama's first legislative priority. None of the Republican troika can be fairly characterized as "moderate" or "centrist" – each of them is a conservative, and hail from the right wing of the Republican party. With all of them now aligned in favor of immigration reform, it can confidently be said that a sufficient number of members of the Republican party in Congress are now on board with getting the country an immigration statute in 2013.
However, don't get ready for the immigration victory celebration just yet. Raining on the parade is a gaggle of Democrats, including Rep. Pelosi – who cares more for the world's weather than the country's long-suffering undocumented. These Democrats know that by keeping immigration reform on the "to do" agenda instead of the "over and done" pile, they can continue to keep Republicans on the defensive on this issue, and thus keep winning elections for the Democratic party. To these Democrats, immigrants are just a tool to keep the Democratic party in power. Their top priority therefore is to delay immigration bills as much as possible. Toward this end, they keep talking about committee action in late Spring, a Senate bill in late Summer and maybe, just maybe, House action in the fall – knowing full well that such delay will kill all possibilities for an immigration statute. That's why they push, together with their friends in the White House staff, for gun control, energy, defense cuts, health care, anything at all to delay action on an immigration bill at all costs. These anti-immigrant Democrats are A-OK with letting immigrants suffer, just so long as the blame can be hung around Republican necks. Naturally, joining these anti-immigrant Democrats are a fairly large number of anti-immigrant Republicans who believe that the worst thing that happened to the country was the surrender of Gen. Lee at Appomattox Court House in 1865, and that the best course of action for the USA lies in ensuring that non-whites are kept as far as possible from these shores. If immigration reform does NOT happen in 2013 it would be because of an unholy alliance between these two anti-immigrant groups - Democrats and Republicans.
The good news, however, is that some Democrats have seen through their leaders' charade, and insist on action now - in the winter itself. Congress has had four major bills on immigration beginning with and including the McCain-Kennedy bill almost 8 years ago. All the issues, legislative language and political support thereof are well understood. There is no reason why the two new Republicans with gavels on the House side cannot get the ball rolling, Rep. Cowdy, the new chair of the House immigration sub-committee and Rep. Goodlatte, the new chair of the House judiciary committee would both be well advised to move early on immigration, for their party's sake and their country's sake. They can count on support from enough Democrats to prevail in Committee, and following regular order for committee action is not a bad idea to get a statute quickly.
We are excited at the prospect that – someday soon in 2013 – the daily indignities and fear among the nation's immigrants will be a thing of the past. Every person who makes that day come, and makes it come fast, is a true American patriot and will certainly get our thanks.
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