The linked cartoon, by Clay Bennett, “Path to Citizenship”, would be funny if it weren’t so sad: http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2013/jun/25/path-to-citizenship-cartoon-immigration-bennett/?print. As I recently Posted, it appears to me that the Republican Party talks a good game; but, it cannot be trusted to follow thorough in its actions. To me, their dilly-dallying in Washington is nothing more than a GOP Immigration Reform Ploy. They really don’t want it to pass.
Fourteen GOPers in the Senate quickly joined-in to pass the Bill, along with all of the Democrats and the only two Independents; but, something like that was to be expected. The Citizens of many states have polled as being definitely in favor of some sort of Permanent Residency: so, there was good bi-partisan support.
In the House, however, the Districts have been gerrymandered so as to shift most of the more-Liberal minded voters together, leaving other Districts that were overwhelmingly Conservative. So, with the residents of many Republican Districts strongly against Immigration Reform, that gives the Representatives cover to vote against it, as well.
Also, Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) appears ready to tap dance until something else comes up. That has been Mr. Borhner’s tactic so far throughout his Term as Speaker. In fact, when asked, Boehner couldn’t even summarize the Bill or any of its Benefits. But, first things first, Speaker Boehner sure has kept-up a fantastic tan.
It’s also sad that the Party that claims to be composed of Deficit Hawks, even if that strategy causes the Economy to falter, does not seem to be concerned about improving the situation. The GOP just doesn’t wish to think of the Economic Benefits of bringing long-time residents out of the Shadows, so that their Children can become educated, they can find better jobs, pay taxes and contribute to their own Health Care. Immigration Reform should be a WIN-WIN situation.