Recently, I discussed the dynamics of immigration reform in each party, and came to the conclusion that, even though Republican leaders will no doubt talk about their wish to pass “comprehensive immigration reform” because they need to appeal to Latino voters if they ever hope to see one of their brethren in the Oval Office again, the party’s base, and it’s elected representatives from the Tea Party, will never allow real reform that does something to allow the 12 million undocumented immigrants who are already here.
It’s not surprising, then, to hear that Republicans have soured on the whole immigration reform idea, not because they wouldn’t love to see it passed, but because they can’t trust President Obama to enforce the laws even if they were to pass them. Boehner stated, “There’s widespread doubt about whether this administration can be trusted to enforce our laws, and it’s going to be difficult to move any immigration legislation until that changes.”
This is highly surprising when you consider the fact that no President has ever deported more people than Obama, and many groups on the left are up in arms about this. It is not at all surprising when you consider that Republicans knew this issue would splinter their party, have never wanted comprehensive immigration reform to pass,did want to seem like they did, and were only looking for a way to blame its failure on the President.
The high point in the hilarity came on the Sunday shows, where Democrat Charles Schumer from New York suggested, since Republican’s only qualm seemed to be that they did not trust to President to enforce the law if it were passes, that they write the law in a way so that it does not take effect until 2017, when Obama will not be President. Readers will be shocked to find out that this did not suffice Republican fears about the tyrant, despot, communist, fascist-in chief:
A spokesman for House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) rejected Schumer’s idea saying it wold remove the impetus for Obama to enforce immigration laws during his remaining time in office.
“The suggestion is entirely impractical, since it would totally eliminate the President’s incentive to enforce immigration law for the remainder of his term,” said Boehner spokesman Michael Steel.
So there you have it. If Republicans help pass immigration reform taking effect now, Obama is a tyrant who wouldn’t enforce the law anyway. If Republicans pass the law and wait until the President is gone for it to take effect, Obama will just decide to not enforce the laws already on the books, which are working so well that we couldn’t have that. It all makes sense.