It’s been a difficult few years as every immigration reform legislation comes under attack by anti- immigrant groups and radio talk show hosts desiring deportation of the 12 million immigrants. After some setback, today is the day that President Obama and Sens. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., will finally meet to discuss the overhaul of the broken immigration system.
The is a bipartisan effort and on it’s faces reminds us of the failed attempts at legalization by Sens. Ted Kennedy, D-Mass., and John McCain, R-Ariz., during the Presidency George W. Bush administration Bush, in fact, supported immigration reform, but was knocked down by his own republican party.
Anti-immigrant groups, such as the Tea party gang, and right wing fanatic radio hosts such as Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh "ditto head" have begun spewing out their disturbing racist and un-American remarks against the mostly hard working and law abiding people that have trying to make a life for themselves in our great country.
Since 1986, over 24 years ago, there has not been an immigration reform, and even though the economy and migrant trends have changes, anti-immigrant attacks, have prevented undocumented immigrant, even those with many years of residency and roots in this country have not been able to legalize. This has caused them to become a sub-class of people. Living in th e shadow, unable to drive, work legally, obtain the basic benefit everyone enjoys. Even if the pay taxes they cannot receive unemployment insurance when they are out of job.
In 2007 after the Senate approved immigration reform the law never went into effect when Republican critics branded the effort as "amnesty" and the tide of public opinion turned against the bill. The problem stemmed not so much form the Senate, but from the House of Representative where, at that time, existed flagrant anti-immigrant and albeit racist representatives, with the likes of former representative Tom Trancedo at the forefront moving a constant attack to eradicate the lives of over 12 million people.
A senior Senate Democratic leadership aide said of the White House meeting, "They're giving the president an update on where they stand, but they're also reaching out to get support on securing that second Republican and for help in dealing with business and labor."
According to Fox news a GOP aide with knowledge of the process told Fox News about the difficult road ahead. Schumer contrarily maintains, "We're getting real close. I'm optimistic." Perhaps the GOP is already beginning their NO approach to immigration reform as they did with the Health Care Reform. It is apparent to more that 50% of this country that the GOP has no interest in any Bi-Partisan legislation, but runs only with the purposed of destroying Obama and the democratic party.
Schumer, as Obama, have a true desire for bi-partisan development of the bill and commented "We will not pass an immigration bill unless it's bipartisan. Everyone agrees with that."
One Republican senator who is considered to become a player in the immigration reform debate is newly elected Sen. Scott Brown of Massachusetts. When inquired as to what should be in any immigration reform bill, Brown said, "You need a strong border enforcement. You need a strong E-verification. I...have always felt that part of the problem is that we haven't provided the proper resources for people to be processed quickly enough. And when you have people waiting in line six, seven, eight, nine years in some instances, it's a disincentive to (immigrate) legally...In terms of allowing people to step ahead of the people who are trying to do it legally, I have a real problem with that."
Well Brown is in for a big surprise, as that is exactly what Obama and Janet Napolitano have been doing; locking up the border and employer sanction for hiring illegal workers. If these are Brown's only concern, the he should quickly join the Immigration Reform bandwagon and do what this country need and what a majority of the people and businesses want. He should focus on Immigration reform to fix the broken immigration laws that have eroded our country and have created illegal vigilantly groups spewing hatred for non- American whites, even against the innocent children; trying to change the law and take away the citizenship of the children born in the .U.S. from illegal parents. Don't forget what Ed Kennedy accomplished in Massachusetts. Using Kennedy’s immigration base Brown could become a true player in American Politics.
And who is to blame for this influx of immigrants. Remember in 1986 when President Reagan approved the amnesty law, 3.2 million of people where granted legal status. The flip side of the law created employer sanctions and locking up the border. Well, we all know what happened, The border was never secured and the illegal aliens were allowed entry, as a matter of courser, because our country needs their cheap labor especially states such as Texas, run at theta time by Governor Bush.
Yes, the problem we face today is a problem created by the Congress and the Presidency; not by the innocent workers who were enticed into this country for a better live. They came with their families set up roots and owe twenty years later, they have been used and abused. The anti-immigrant phony” Patriots" wants to deport 12 million people. They don't really believe they can do it, but they certainly can muddy up the water and confuse the people with their manipulation of facts, Supported by the right wing media, they will do their best to destroy our country and constitution.