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Did Boston Bombing kill immigration “reform”?

Did Boston Bombing kill immigration “reform”?

Threw the bill off its fast track.

I’ve been meaning to post this link for several days, Deny It All You Want But Immigration Reform Is Dead (emphasis in original):

Opponents of the current immigration reform effort needed time, that most valued commodity, to defeat immigration reform.  The Boston Terror Bombers gave it to them.  And the fact that the Boston Terror Bombing Brothers are Caucasian is an added bonus because the race-baiting of Obama Dimocrats can be countered with a simple “but they’re white”.

Immigration reform opponents will add the national security angle to their opposition arsenal. Any bill that emerges will be so tough that Barack Obama won’t sign it.

While there are some very good things in the current immigration reform bill, it is too big to pass.  We still don’t know what is in all the nooks and crannies of the immigration reform bill.

As we learned during the ObamaCare fear and smear campaign something so big cannot be examined too much or it will fail – unless it is rammed through.  Immigration reform was on the fast track to being rammed through.  But the Boston Terror Bombing Brothers blew the fast track up.

It fits with my narrative that the rush to pass the bill quickly was making me uncomfortable, Put the 844-page Immigration Bill on ICE for a while:

Let it hang out in the air for a while.

If it doesn’t stink, the fresh air and sunshine won’t hurt it.

If it does stink, the fresh air and sunshine will do it good.

Time is not on the bill’s side.  Already there are reports Obama is desperately shopping for Democrats to pass something, anything, even if scaled back.

The bill may have irreparably damaged Marco Rubio.  It’s not that trying to “reform” the immigration system is hurting Rubio, it’s that he has hitched himself to a Gang of Eight mentality, and rolled out a massive bill he doesn’t appear to fully understand — not because there’s anything wrong with him but because it’s the nature of these legislative behemoths.

Even the most studious legislator cannot fully comprehend the mischief of the lobbyists and Democratic staffers, and just plain unintended consequences.

John Hinderaker explains Why the Immigration Bill Can’t Be Fixed.

The Editors of National Review have run a newsworthy cover, Rubio’s Folly:

 How about this immigration reform:  Enforce existing law.


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Immigration “Reform” (And I say that with a heavy dose of sarcasm) was dead as soon as Rubio joined the “Gang of 8” in supporting a “Path to citizenship for those already in the country” a.k.a. Amnesty.

The National Review cover is pretty much spot on, in regards to Rubio. He hitched his horse to that “Wacko Bird” John “You can’t pick lettuce in Yuma, for $50/hr” McCain.

Talk about torpedoing one’s own political aspirations so easily. Rubio should join Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock on a book tour, “3 ways to instantly kill your political career.”

Cheesecakecrush | May 2, 2013 at 10:11 pm

Any time Chuck Shumer is smiling you can be damned sure that whatever it is he’s smiling about is folly.

Standing next to him while he’s smiling is a good indicator of foolishness too.

If your “colleague’s” business is trampling freedom to make his panty-waist liberal toadies feel better then you run away from that colleague screaming. Poor Rubio.

There was a time when the Left was obsessed with population control. Today, they encourage it. Then they offer their final solution: elective abortion, to compensate.

    n.n in reply to n.n. | May 2, 2013 at 10:27 pm

    re: encourage it

    They encourage overpopulation, or rather high population densities, which exceed the carrying capacity of a geographical location or man-made infrastructure.

I guess it’s something to be expect of folks who have worked the political system long enough to become Senators, but I have a real aversion to politicians and businessones who relish the “art of the deal” more than the quality of the deal.

I never imagined there were people silly enough to believe that people from the Caucasus were ‘white’.

Subotai Bahadur | May 2, 2013 at 11:32 pm

While I agree that Rubio killed any future he has with the base of the party, he is now in synch with the Institutional Republican governing class. I do not believe the bill is dead, because there are interests in both parties who want the border gone. It can still be forced through, the same as Obamacare was. Who will stop it? And certainly, Boehner in the House will prefer legislative surrender on any terms to even a charade of fighting.

The interesting point is what happens to the Republican party after the betrayal.

Add to that, the detail that Chris Christie, beloved of the Institutional leadership, is now appearing at Clinton political events and singing the praises of Obama’s honesty.

It is almost like they are trying to cause a schism before the 2014 elections.

Subotai Bahadur

Rubio made an ass of himself. Next stop for Marco McCain: infomercials, in Spanish.

It’s better to watch him having allowed himself to have his pants pulled down now, than as a national candidate.

We need to move on — to Ted Cruz.

As for Christie: New Jersey is where he’s staying.

It’s no surprise to me at all that Rubio is where he is.

He was NEVER a “Tea Party” type candidate, he just happened to be in the right place at the right time with the right conservative message against the right opponent, and Tea Party supporters and conservatives generally flocked to him. It was a combination of style, luck, and Charlie Crist, not a substantive thing.

Rubio was the Speaker of the Florida State House, for crying out loud! He was not only part of the “establishment,” he WAS the establishment. Also, his lack of management or administrative experience did not bode well for a Presidential candidacy if we learned anything at all from the Obama experience. Not qualified, not even close.

So that his immigration reform agenda was hijacked by McCain and Schumer came as no surprise. The guy has charisma. Like Obama, he overestimated what charisma alone can get done.

And, as usual, the “base” turns on their former favorite at the first sign of deviation from the True Believers’ Creed. In this respect, our side is becoming a mirror image of the left. Maybe Rubio can share a beer with Howie Kurtz and compare scars.

    HarrietHT in reply to Estragon. | May 3, 2013 at 3:09 am

    “The first sign of deviation,” and the base turns on their former favorite? Deviation? You may, but I do not consider Rubio’s effort to give a pass to 11million lawbreakers, gut the rule of law, and forever alter our national character a mere deviation. This is an issue central to the meaning of who we are as a people. And he went after this political brass ring like it was the Holy Grail and the guarantee of his future presidency. In the process he let the cat out of the bag too soon: poor him, lucky us.

Juba Doobai! | May 3, 2013 at 12:17 am

This bill damages Rubio only if you thought he was a genuine Conservative. I have always thought he was GOPE. Therefore, this bill demonstrated that Rubio was acting in accordance with who he really is, and that’s not a Conservative. I’ve always failed to understand why Rubio focused not on American citizens but on a bunch of outsiders. Yes, he’s thinking future voters, but his view was focused on mostly Hispanic voters coming from countries with a long history of socialism or communism. Reflexively, many of them vote for big government because that is what they know.

“The bill may have irreparably damaged Marco Rubio.”

Marco Rubio irreparably damaged Marco Rubio.

Like others before him, he tripped over his swelled head.

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“Enforce existing law.” Exactamundo!

Everyone – “illegal” qualified and nonqualified immigrants – who wants to be a citizen of the U.S. must read, understand and agree to the U.S. Constitution and not its food stamp replacement.

I’m an activist with NumbersUSA and I can tell you that immigration reform has some very powerful arguments against it.

Nothing coming from the “Gang of Eight” has anything of a reformation ingredient but rather is a magnified repeat of past failed attempts.

Common sense should prevail here but *that* commodity is totally absent in this administration when considering Fast and Furious, Benghazi, etc. not to mention such oddities such as the re-election of the anointed one despite a record of failure and culture of corruption.

So who knows what lies in store…

“It’s not that trying to “reform” the immigration system is hurting Rubio, it’s that he has hitched himself to a Gang of Eight mentality, and rolled out a massive bill he doesn’t appear to fully understand — not because there’s anything wrong with him but because it’s the nature of these legislative behemoths.”

I don’t understand this paragraph at all. Levin and Rush argued pretty much the same way on Rubio’s behalf. Of course there’s something wrong with him! He is a member of the Gang of Eight. He chose to be one. As a member of the Gang he is responsible for the “legislative behemoth” which this bill became. He is the face of it. He is its chief spokesman. Rubio is not who he wanted us to believe he is; a conservative. He is an opportunist.

Bruno Lesky | May 3, 2013 at 9:35 am

Fateful timing, that a speed bump* could emerge on the fast track highway to immigration “reform.”

Reality intervening as a wake-up call to the enormity of the situation, the institutions unfit to deal with it, an instance of consequence.

*internet speak for Suspect #1**

**relating to the manner of his demise (I had to have this explained to me)

Enforce existing law. Not enough but a giant step forward. I’d add finish the fence, strip the benefits/freebies, and quit importing those at high risk of terrorism etc but yep, it’s a start.

This partiular immigration reform proposal may and should die BUT we still need an immigration PLAN. We can’t go on.
One plan would be to enforce the laws we hvae but there is NO ONE in power who wats to do that.
The sad reality is, for us who think our laws and our borders should mean something WE are vastly vastly outnumbered by Hispanics( and who are getting entitlements) who can vote who need any real form of reform as a slap to their heritage and their free money.

We have a very workable model for immigration reform in the Arizona example, if we would employ its general principles.

1. control the border

2. make employing an illegal alien uneconomical

3. make catering to illegal aliens uneconomical

4. make all welfare state support unavailable to illegal aliens (excluding health care in emergencies, for humanitarian reasons)

5. immediately on apprehension, determine the criminal background of illegal aliens, or the threats they pose by their associations, and deport them

6. “de-kludge” our LEGAL immigration system

7. make some accommodation for illegal aliens brought here as kids, allowing them to stay under some legal status

I don’t disagree with a lot of the comments, but I really hate seeing us so quick to write off Rubio. I am a legally naturalized citizen living in southern California, I’ve gone through the immigration process and it’s ridiculous, but I don’t think this issue is so easy to solve.

I don’t like his bill, but he’s young, full of energy… shouldn’t we just just say no, try again?

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