Friday, November 16, 2012

Preparing for a political brawl?

It is interesting to hear that President Barack Obama says immigration reform will be one of the first issues he tries to tackle once the newly-elected Congress takes office come January.
OBAMA: Developing a backbone?

For while the new Congress has fewer Democrats in the House of Representatives, it still has a GOP-majority there.

AND IF THERE is one thing to be evidenced, it’s that while some Republican officials are willing to talk about the need to reach out to the significant Latino population (largely by not dissing us so badly every time you trash the concept of immigration reform), there are others who don’t want anything to do with it.

They are the ones who are determined to hold out to the very end. Perhaps they think they’re in the Alamo surrounded by the Mexican Army and that their political slaughter will somehow be seen as a noble sacrifice.


But there are those who are showing how desperate they are to cling to such ideas.

TAKE MITT ROMNEY, who ought to be fading away these days – but seems determined to go out on a bang and remind us why so few Latinos who voted were willing to cast ballots for him.

He’s the one who’s going about saying that Obama only won this election cycle for U.S. president because of all the “gifts” he gave to undeserving people.

And naturally, his idea of a “gift” was the measure that Obama used his executive authority to enact that will prevent some younger people without valid visas to have a chance to avoid deportation – and perhaps someday gain the documentation that will allow them to live openly in this country.
ROMNEY: Oh, be quiet!

Sensible people saw that move as a practical one in that it acknowledged there to be no legitimate reason to deport people who came to this country while young and who for all practical purposes have assimilated into the greater society.

YET ROMNEY REACHED out for the people who have the xenophobic hang-ups and who want to view anything other than increased deportation as something that people are not entitled to.

This is exactly the attitude that shows why so many Latinos (nearly three-quarters of those who voted) cast ballots for Obama, even though we’re ticked off at his apathy toward us during his first term in office.

Some of us aren’t sure he’s going to be any more successful during a second term than he was during the past four years. We voted against the person who would have let the ideologues have their way while using us as the political piñata.
BREWER: Ready to take a hit?

We voted against the presidential candidate who would have offered comfort and legitimacy to people such as Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, who said recently she thinks it is wrong to deal with immigration reform so quickly.

SHE SAYS SHE fears that Congress will make some sort of knee-jerk reaction that will cause more problems than it solves.

Which is nonsense on so many levels. This is an issue that has been lingering for years, and the only knee-jerk reaction is the one that has automatically put it on hold without any serious discussion on the issue.

Of course, what she really fears is a federal policy that will show just how absurd her state’s actions were back in 2010 when they tried to give local police more authority to enforce federal immigration policy.

As if the Supreme Court of the United States’ rejection of most of the Arizona law didn’t ding it enough, serious reform would finish it off.

BREWER BACKED THE ideologues for short-term political gain (she wanted their votes in what was then an upcoming election cycle). Now, she’s going to have to take the hit when serious reform comes about.

I fully expect all those of her ilk will do whatever they deem necessary to make any upcoming immigration debate a political bloodbath. Here’s hoping Obama has the backbone for the upcoming fight!


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