On July 23, a hearing was held by the House subcommittee on immigration and border security to discuss the “KIDS ACT”, touted by Cantor and Goodlatte as a way to address the concerns of young people who are here illegally through no fault of their own. Yhere is as yet no legislation to discuss!
Anyone who doubts that should listen to subcommittee chairman Trey Gowdy’s striking opening statement at the hearing, delineating how the rule of law applies to adults and to children. Dems have rejected it as inadequate. As house dems caucus chairman Xavier Becerra declared, “there is not reason why dems should be part of the political game that republicans are playing.” Suddenly, it’s the dems who are rigid and unyielding.
It is difficult for the advocacy groups that have been supporting the push for “comprehensive immigration reform” to compromise and agree on fallback positions.
Schrag also highlights that compromise is difficult for immigrant advocates because they feel a “sense of stewardship for the interest or constituents they represent, most of whom did not choose their representatives, even in the fictitious sense that stockholders choose their boards of directors.” Immigrant advocates are consequently left “wondering if they have sold out the interest they claimed to represent. Advocates personally doubt their right to take less than absolutist positions, even when it is clear that advocating an absolutist position will result in worse legislation than seeking a compromise.
Many of the 32 or so Hispanic-majority congressional districts include substantial numbers of illegal immigrants.
It is worth asking how; exactly such officials determine what is in the best interest of such “constituents”? in the prolonged debate over what eventually became the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA) of 1986.
25 years after IRCA granted an outright amnesty to 2.7 million illegal immigrants, including the option of full citizenship, we know from Homeland Security data that most of those beneficiaries—fully 60% have become permanent legal residents and have opted not to exercise their right o become citizens.
Most illegal immigrants, especially those form Latin America arrive here not intending to stay. Yet there are few disincentives for dems to pursue citizenship for illegals at all costs, even at the risk of illegals remaining in their current predicament.
Sources—weekly standard, peter skerry