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Thread: Blogging: GOP Led House Disgraces Itself, and America, by Voting Against DREAMERS. What Does This Mean for CIR? by Roger Algase

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    Blogging: GOP Led House Disgraces Itself, and America, by Voting Against DREAMERS. Wh

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    Bloggings: GOP Led House Disgraces Itself, and America, by Voting Against DREAMERS. What Does This Mean for CIR? By Roger Algase

    Just in case anyone thought that the Republican-controlled House of Representatives might be open to good faith negotiations on immigration reform, once its demands for border security are met (i.e., alligators in the moat), the GOP members showed their true colors on Thursday.

    With only six Republicans opposing (and with the support of three cowardly Democrats) the House passed an amendment to a Department of Homeland Security spending bill which would cut off funding for the two initiatives announced by the administration last year concerning deferred deportation for DREAMERS and termination of deportation proceedings for "low-priority" immigrants. See, Huffington Post, Steve King Amendment Passes House to Deport More Dreamers, June 6; and Politico, House sends message to Obama on deportations, June 6.

    By passing this amendment, which was sponsored by Representative Steve King (R-Iowa), who has stated that diversity is bad for America (see Huffington Post, August 2, 2012), House Republicans have firmly placed themselves on the side of bigotry (once again).

    How can they be expected to negotiate or accept any kind of immigration reform? Even though this amendment has no chance of becoming law in the face of opposition by the Democratic-controlled Senate and White House, it still sends a message to CIR supporters and to the nation.

    The message is that all of the conferences and statements about reform, not to mention the now apparently defunct bipartisan House reform group, are nothing more than smokescreens for die hard House GOP opposition to any type of reform.

    As far as the House GOP is concerned, the Republican party is the party of deportation, pure and simple. How will immigration supporters respond to this attempt to reinstate the failed policy of "self-deportation?" And when will America's Deporter in Chief call a halt to the record number of removals which are still taking place?

    About The Author

    Roger Algase is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School. He has been practicing business immigration law in New York City for more than 20 years.

    The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author(s) alone and should not be imputed to ILW.COM.

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    The point is that Congress makes the laws, not the president. The president invented a visa that does not exist in the law. I do not think that CIR has any chance anyway with unemployment as high as it is.

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    Roger Algase
    Since Congress does make the laws, CIR is a chance to make a good one, a law which will accept the reality of demographic change in America; a law which will move toward ending more than a century of discrimination against people of color in our immigration system.

    But what the House has just done instead is to send a clear massage to all brown immigrants - get out!

    Unless the Republicans give up their vision of two Americas, one made up of a white upper class and the other consisting of a brown underclass, there will indeed be a lot of people leaving soon - Republicans exiting Congress in 2014 and 2016.

    Roger Algase

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