If They Can Make Their Voice Heard in November, Then They Don’t Need Immigration Reform, Do They?
It appears that immigration reform, more honestly known as amnesty (which would be the eighth in recent history, one of the bases for the heavy scepticism of claims that “We’re just allowing these 12-20 million and no more!”) has hit a roadblock, at least this legislative year. From Josh Gerstein at Politico.
A pair of White House meetings Thursday designed to chart a path forward for immigration reform instead spotlighted the daunting obstacles ahead — and showed why many Capitol Hill insiders believe it’s quite unlikely an immigration bill will happen this year.
After meeting with President Barack Obama, the leading Republican backing a comprehensive approach warned that a Democratic health care push could scuttle any chance of action on immigration in this Congress.
“I expressed, in no uncertain terms, my belief that immigration reform could come to a halt for the year if health care reconciliation goes forward,” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said in a statement issued just after he and Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) met with Obama.
And, of course, Democrats are hell-bent on passing health care via reconciliation, no matter how many billions of our money they have to spend or print on … er, unique Medicare billing arrangements for a couple of lucky states or on completely unrelated items such as student aid.
One of the responses by advocates of illegal immigration to this set back has been, somewhat inexplicably, “Remember in November”.
“One of the things that we are going to be telling the immigrant community is that they have a vital stake in the outcome of this debate, and they need to make their voices heard in November,” said Eliseo Medina of the Service Employees International Union.
(Side note: shame, shame on all of those labor union leaders who have put the best interest of the members that they purport to represent a distant second to an unspoken but clearly selfish consideration by advocating for amnesty.)
Why would an “immigrant” who can vote support immigration reform? He or she would not need immigration reform, having completed the immigration process legally and admirably and being so far along that s/he now has the right to vote. In fact, immigration “reform” is an insult to all who came here legally. Is the advocating of this course – letting voices be heard in November – further confirmation, as though any were needed, of the imperative for voter identification?