Obama Sets A Time
President Obama recently announced that immigration reform would come to the floors of Congress early in 2010. Immigration advocates have every reason to be apprehensive at this statement, here’s why.
Legalization and other major immigration benefits have lost 4 times in Congress this decade – twice we won in the Senate but did not clear the House, and twice we cleared neither chamber. The first time was on 9/11, when Al Qaeda murderers dashed all hope for immigrants whose 245i extension bill was to be voted on in the House that morning, the bill had already cleared the Senate earlier that week. The second time was when McCain-Kennedy cleared the Senate with the largest marches our country has seen in the post-Vietnam era (but racist House Republicans voted for Mr. Sensenbrenner’s bill to imprison soup kitchen volunteers instead of joining the Senate in Conference). The third time was with Kennedy-Kyl which lost by a big margin in the Senate, since it was overly harsh. The fourth time was with DREAM, which we lost by 5 votes in the Senate (effective votes, that is – for example, Mr. Specter who voted against DREAM, did so only because he wanted DREAM as part of CIR).
So, immigration advocates have certainly waited a long time - the effort to modernize our immigration laws dates back to the late 1990s when the AFL-CIO voted to support immigration reform. And there is every reason to be concerned about the shape of future Congresses. The map for the next Congress will be more
friendly for the GOP, since opposition parties usually do well in mid terms. A swing of a few percentage points in the national mood will bring the anti-immigrationists of the Republican party back in force in short order, and perhaps into power by the Congress after next. If we cannot get started with major immigration benefits in the current Congress, it is unlikely that any future congress will be friendly for a long time.
It is essential, therefore, that immigration advocates make the most of the fleeting political opportunity afforded by the fact that those supportive of immigrants in Congress have the votes to deliver. It is essential to work with the powers that be, but also essential to heed the larger historical forces which compel a reasonable observer to recognize that the prize in reach right now may not be achievable if we wait too long.
The die on timing is now cast with Mr. Obama's statement. It is up to those in charge in both Chambers to ensure that the subcommittee and committee schedules are such as to enable the President to keep his word. Immigration advocates should lobby for markups to begin soon.
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Amen to Haydee Pavia's letter (08/10/09 ID) which not only deflates the off hand conflation of culture and race common to both the anti-immigrants among bigots and the diversity industry, but also contains what may be one of my all time favourite quotes - "I didn't come to this country to see it turned into the mess that I left behind." I left Canada behind and my parents had just a few years earlier fled the Socialist Republic of Czechoslovakia before that. Man, can I relate. I came to the United States because it is different from other countries. As for Sheriff Joe Arpaio, the one who makes inmates wear pink, while I think him a populist and not to my liking, predictions of his demise seem to be grossly premature. Answers.com and Wikipedia references to "Sheriff Joe" both contain the following quote: "Arpaio continues to enjoy the support of Maricopa County voters, who reelected him sheriff by double-digit margins in 1996, 2000, 2004 and 2008. In 2007 a petition to recall Arpaio from office failed to gain enough voter signatures to get on the ballot. In a survey taken by the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication while the petition was in circulation, nearly three out of four respondents opposed the recall, and 65 percent of the respondents held a positive opinion of Arpaio." Don't count him out just because most lawyers and journalists cannot stand him. Most lawyers and journalists felt the same way about Boris Yeltsin and had a soft spot for Mikhail Gorbachev. Who won?
Honza Prchal, Esq.
You may have missed the forest for the trees with your heavy coverage of the birther lunatics (08/13/09 ID comment). In spending way too much time on this issue, you have not devoted any coverage of President Obama's recent statement that CIR would have to wait until 2010 or after health care reform is completed. Given how 2010 is an election year and health care reform is headed for imminent glorious failure, the implications of this announcement should have sent shudders throughout the advocacy community. Instead, the silence from the advocacy community, which is apparently still in the midst of collective ecstasy over Mr. Obama's election, has been deafening. The advocacy community needs to awaken from its slumbering inertia and realize that President Obama is not the friend of CIR that he claims to be. It's not his issue, so he will not be expending more than a minimal amount of political capital in getting it done. Furthermore, given how President Obama has lost control over his signature health care reform issue, the advocacy community should not assume that he will be any more successful in pushing CIR. Although the advocacy community likes President Obama's politics and likes what he represents, it's time to face reality. President Obama's lack of real interest in CIR should come as no surprise. Now that President Obama has confirmed the hints that have been coming from Chief of Staff Rahm Emmanuel for some time that CIR is not in the forefront of his mind, the advocacy community needs to overcome its cognitive dissonance and have its moment of clarity. The advocacy community needs a reality check and a new strategic vision on how to actually accomplish CIR. Waiting for President Obama to smile upon us is a recipe for failure.
Solana Beach, CA
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