This is something which boggles my mind and irks the heck out of me. One of the biggest faults the Repubs have is ignoring things until they come to a boil, and often they seem unprepared to deal with the situation the rest of us saw coming from miles away.
Rubio, in a flawed and failed effort tried to deal with it, and now, the fellow on the right is forced to. From Townhall …..
AURORA, Colo. (AP) — If the apparent slow death of immigration legislation has any political repercussions this year, they probably will be felt in the subdivisions, shopping centers and ethnic eateries wrapped around Denver’s southern end.
U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman represents this fast-changing district.
He’s among a few vulnerable Republican members in line to be targeted by immigrant rights advocates if the House doesn’t pass an immigration bill before the November election that would offer legal status to millions of people who entered the U.S. illegally or overstayed their visas.
The story continues to note Coffman got re-districted (crap the Dems do, but, cry about it when it happens to them) and surprise!!!! Coffman has now had a change of heart as to what he advocates on the immigration issue.
Repubs have had years to come up with a comprehensive plan which would sate the conservatives and the independent. Instead, we have representatives like Coffman out there in no-man’s land, flapping and winging it on his own. Why? Because the GOP is the party of stupid.
Rubio found out the hard way that we’re paying attention. That we’re watching. But, no one in the Repub leadership, and even in the conservative camp has led and put forth a reasonable, comprehensive plan. This pisses me off!
Lead, follow, or get the frick out of the way!!!
So, Repubs won’t work with Zero because they don’t trust him to enforce any laws which maybe offered. That’s reasonable. Zero has shown nothing but utter contempt for our laws and in particular our immigration laws. So, put some teeth into any law you may pass or offer. For instance, many of us, myself included, would insist on securing the border before anything else happens. So, make any other agreement contingent upon securing the border, up to and including funding for whatever else is to happen. Maybe even throw in legal penalties, punishable by prison, for authorities ignoring the future law. It’s that easy. Further, take the judgment away from DHS. They’ve demonstrated that they’re incapable of making rational discernments in this regard. By law, take that from them. Have someone else, perhaps a congressional unit of some sort measure the benchmarks.
Once the border is secured, then, one thing, I believe most rational people can agree upon, is that the children, and I mean children, brought here by illegals, raised here, and live here as adults, should have a pathway to citizenship, which of course includes an oath of allegiance to this nation. These are easy things. We should, as a way of demonstrating our compassion, also include an allowance of elderly illegals who have been here for decades, to remain. Perhaps not as citizens, but, perhaps with a permanent resident. We really don’t want to throw some 60 y/o person who has been here for 30 years back to Venezuela or Cambodia, do we? I’ve not heard anyone mention this, and they should.
I think we can all also agree that the career criminals here, and the ones engaged in simply being here for the freebies and goodies have to go. If they’re not gainfully employed and they’re here just sucking off of our entitlements, then back to where ever they came from. The rest is details which can be ironed out, but, someone needs to be working on it so people like Coffman can say, look here’s my plan and it has the backing of the GOP. It’s not that hard!!!!
The GOP also needs to get at least caught up with the rhetoric, if not ahead of it. We need to be combating the lies. The GOP needs to tell and convince people that they’re not anti-immigration. That we’re pro-immigration. That securing our borders doesn’t mean we’re working to end immigration, but, rather that we want a more orderly and rational influx of immigrants. This can easily be turned to a positive vote grabbing issue! One of the reasons I’m for securing the border is so that we can stop the influx of the criminal elements coming here through our porous borders. Many of the immigrants from the south, both legal and illegal have come here to escape these criminals. I’ve not heard one person tell the immigrants that we want to protect them from those who they came here to escape! Not one!!! Not from the left and not from the right. It’s not that hard!!!!
How much headway would we make with the Hispanic community if we demonstrated that we are indeed a beacon on the hill. The news, if you look for it, is full of stories of these marauders coming here and victimizing immigrants on this side of the border. Show them the plan to fix that!
Again, get ahead of the lies. The linked article even states one without challenge!!!!
Coffman says his change of heart on immigration dates from discussions with young people in the country illegally who cannot join the military or go to college.
“I really believe that the strongest expression of American citizenship is serving this country in uniform,” said Coffman, a Marine Corps and Army veteran. He’s proposed granting citizenship to any young person here illegally who enlists.
Bullsh1t!!! Google “scholarship for illegals”. And, they shouldn’t be able to attend colleges, especially publically funded colleges, which in one way or another they all are. We’d take care of an illegal before we’d take care of our own? What sort of crap is that? Again, write as part of the law that these things come with imprisonment. As far as service in the military, I’m not sold on that. I don’t want people in the military confused as to what nation they’re loyal to. OTOH, if they’re loyalty can be demonstrated, though I’m not sure how, then, yes, that’s not an unreasonable position.
The GOP is going to lose on this issue if they don’t get moving on it. No, not like Rubio did. They’re going to have to do it to the satisfaction of people such as myself, or they’ll lose us at the polls. This issue is a very important one and it won’t go away until something is done about it. And, right now the iron is hot! How much easier is it to sell in relation to jobs and employment? Want the working man’s vote? Tell them you’re going to protect his job from imported low wage competition. And, even for the low wage workers it’s not a hard sell to demonstrate how if we kept the constant influx of low wage workers down that they’re wages, in turn, would necessarily rise because there’s less of a pool of workers.
All of this is easily done, it just has to be packaged and sold. IT’S NOT THAT HARD!!!!
You know, if it wasn’t for the lunacy of the Dems, the GOP wouldn’t survive.