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Dems Preparing To Go To The Matt On Immigration Reform


As Democrats weigh their chances of passing immigration reform in the U.S. House of Representatives, reality is dawning upon them like the darkness imposed by a slowly setting sun.  Activists have always been willing to make compromises, including the massive funding of miles of border fence and the hiring of legions of new border patrol officers.

 

However, as it becomes clear the House has no intention of granting more than second class citizenship to immigrants, the community is bracing to swallow a bitter pill.  There is a point at which many Democrats consider immigration reform without a path to citizenship too little too late. Instead, they are shifting their focus on electing people to congress who are interested in an inclusive society.  Frankly, the decision should have been made a long time ago.

 

Even the Gang of 8 bill was a massive compromise, failing to register the immigrants who posed the biggest threat to U.S. society.  At best, the Gang of 8 Bill would have excluded 3 out of 10 immigrants.  The number equates to 4 million people who would not qualify under the most liberal rules.

Unfortunately, the Republican controlled U.S. House of Representatives is not content with excluding 3 out of 10 immigrants from qualifying for citizenship.  Republicans want to exclude the entire 12 million-strong immigrant community from citizenship, hence exclude them from voting.  “Legalization yes”, they say, “citizenship no”.

 

 

The United States of America was founded when mostly English settlers were taxed by a greedy crown without granting the colonists a right to have a say in their government.  Later, after the civil war, blacks were excluded from voting through the use of poll taxes and other measures.

The lessons of freeing people from bondage without giving them a say in their representative government should have been learned long ago.  Exclusion from a free society has cast generations of African Americans into the bondage of poverty and an un-privileged existence.  When lage segments of our population suffer indenture, all people suffer the loss of freedom.  All people suffer the loss of prosperity those people could have bestowed upon society.

 

Since the bulk of immigrants are Latino, and the bulk of Latinos have strong religous convictions, the Republicans were likely to be the long term winners after reform.  It would take many years to sooth feelings after the bitter treatment Republicans have foisted upon workers who keep the grist mills of the country running.  Were Republicans long term thinkers, clear gains in the polls were theirs to be won.  Instead, the GOP continues to shoot itself in the foot by alienating the single largest block of voters now waiting their turn on the horizon to participate in a democratic society.

 

Democrats have their base prepared for a strong lobby for immigration reform.  With the U.S. House putting reform together like a straw dummy, Some leaders are now thinking it is better to use the talent to concentrate on electing more considerate leaders during the next election.  There is a point in which the term “immigration reform” could become a synonym for “Jim Crow laws for immigrants”.

 

 

 


 

 

 

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Posted in Guest Articles by admin on July 13th, 2013 at 11:23 am.

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