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Rubio connects immigration, Benghazi

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Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) played a prominent role in shaping the Senate’s bipartisan immigration-reform bill, and after hedging more than once, the Floridian ended up voting for the popular legislation. His follow-through, however, has been a little spotty.
In October, for example, Rubio predicted congressional Republicans would kill immigration reform because President Obama hurt GOP lawmakers’ feelings when they shut down the government. Three months later, it’s still not clear how or why that was supposed to make sense.
This week, Rubio presented a new reason why Republicans may decide to kill the reform effort.
Sen. Marco Rubio, a major player on immigration policy, said Wednesday that there was no chance now of passing a broad overhaul because Republicans have lost trust in President Barack Obama. […]
Rubio said the Obama administration has lost credibility as a result of how it handled the 2012 attack against a U.S. outpost in Libya and accusations that the Internal Revenue Service targeted conservative groups.
The senator specifically said he’s talked to Republican lawmakers who “pointed to the IRS scandal and the Benghazi stuff” as reasons to oppose immigration reform. As the argument goes, these controversies provide “evidence” that “undermines” GOP confidence.
There are two main problems with this.
The first is that the argument itself is predicated on a bogus premise: that President Obama routinely ignores laws he doesn’t like, so Republicans are disinclined to pass anything at all.
The argument first made the rounds last July, when it was thoroughly discredited.
The second angle has to do with the “scandals” Republicans claim to be outraged by. There is, of course, no IRS scandal and the allegations raised by conservatives have been proven to be wrong. Likewise, “the Benghazi stuff” refers to conspiracy theories unsupported by reality.
Indeed, I’m especially interested in the timeline. The deadly attack on the Benghazi outpost was in September 2012. A few months later, despite the far-right conspiracy theories, congressional Republicans began working with Democrats on immigration reform. Eventually, they reached a compromise agreement, and last summer, it passed the Senate. This week, House Republicans sketched out some reform ideas of their own.
Rubio, however, believes the effort will fail because of conspiracy theories from a year and a half ago? Because of an attack that occurred before he started working with Democrats on a reform package?


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Evening Blog Roundup – 12-3-2013

Constitutional experts man a highway overpass. (AP)


Benghazification Begins

The blurred line between caricature and reality

Boehner Hires Top Tier Immigration Policy Aide

Arafat did not die of poisoning, French tests conclude

Cisco Says NSA Costing Them Major Business Abroad

The Best Obamacare News That Nobody Is Talking About

Here’s Your Very Latest Foolproof Reason to Impeach Obama

As do-nothing Congress dithers, a million set to lose unemployment insurance

Poll: Tea Partiers More Likely Than Other GOPers To View Snowden Positively

John Boehner On 113th Congress Being Least Productive Ever: ‘We’ve Done Our Work’



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Rep. Steve King: Immigrants Mostly ‘Evil’ Marijuana-Smugglers With ‘Calves the Size of Cantaloupes’

So, when confronted by an Hispanic news host last week, Rep. Steve King hemmed and hawed is way through an extremely incredible explanation comparing Hispanics to dogs.  The comment the Telemundo host referred to was made over a year ago.

Now, King appears to be doubling down on his xenophobic and delusional hatred toward everyone that doesn’t look like him or have his financial status.


When ABC Univision host Jorge Ramos grilled Rep. Steve King (R-IA) for comparing immigrants to dogs in a year-old video this past Sunday, he likely hadn’t seen this clip from an interview King gave just last week to Newsmax. In the far more recent video, King says undocumented immigrants are primarily “130 pounds” with “calves the size of cantaloupes because they’ve been hauling 75 pounds of marijuana across the desert.”

King said he does have “sympathy” for the, in his view, small number of “kids who were brought into this country by their parents, unknowing that they were breaking the law. Of the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S., King admitted, “Some of them are valedictorians—and their parents brought them in. It wasn’t their fault. It’s true in some cases.” But, he added, “they aren’t all valedictorians. They weren’t all brought in by their parents.”

“For everyone who’s a valedictorian, there’s another 100 out there that–they weigh 130 pounds and they’ve got calves the size of cantaloupes because they’re hauling 75 pounds of marijuana across the desert,” King said. “Those people would be legalized with the same act.”

Until those promoting immigration reform can “define the difference between the innocent ones who have deep ties with America and those who have, I’ll say, been undermining our culture and civilization and profiting from criminal acts,” King said, “they should not advocate for amnesty for both good and evil.”

The congressman has not always had so much “sympathy” for those “valedictorian”-style immigrants. Just last month, King tweeted that “20 brazen self-professed illegal aliens” had “invaded” his DC office after a group of recent college grads showed up to ask him why he opposed the DREAM Act.

Watch video below, via Newsmax:


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Rep. Steve King Refuses To Apologize For Comparing Immigrants To Dogs In Heated Univision Interview


Republican Representative Steve King got into a nasty exchange with ABC Univision hostJorge Ramos over a speech King gave last year in which he suggested America had the “pick of the litter” when it comes to immigrants. King vehemently denied he had made the comparison, and insisted his comments were laudatory of legal immigrants, even as Ramos pressed him to apologize for his “offensive and racist” remarks.

The comments in question were made during a 2012 speech in Pocahontas, Iowa:

“You want a good bird dog? You want one that’s going to be aggressive? Pick the one that’s the friskiest…not the one that’s over there sleeping in the corner…You get the pick of the litter and you got yourself a pretty good bird dog. Well, we’ve got the pick of every donor civilization on the planet.”

Ramos directly confronted King about the comment, and King to immediately interrupted. “That’s a mischaracterization,” King said. “Did you watch the video? People write things on the internet all the time. But did you watch the video, the full video? That speech was about celebrating legal immigration. Anyone that understands the language and the culture knows that if they saw the video.”

For the next minute, the two talked over each other without pause, with King arguing that his comments were intentionally distorted for political gain.

“The speech…has been mischaracterized by people on the left,” he said. “It’s been intentionally and dishonestly done so to drive wedges between people on the basis of race, and I think it’s a sin to do that, Jorge.”

“So from your point of view, you actually did not compare immigrants to dogs?” Ramos asked.

“I said that speech was about the vigor of legal immigration,” King said. “It was a very complimentary speech and no, I did not do that.”

“I don’t think many people found that complementary,” Ramos said. “It is not complimentary to compare a group of people to animals.”

“You know I didn’t do that if you watch the whole video,” King said. “And I would challenge you to run the whole video on Univision. Run the whole video. Listen to the whole speech. Get a sense of what I was talking about rather than what the left wing blogs are doing. They are trying to divide us, instead of let us be unified as one people in this country.”

Watch the full exchange here, via ABC Univision:

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Immigration Reform and the Orange Man

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Republicans on Immigration Reform

As I’ve said repeatedly, Mario Piperni stands out with his extraordinary political art and his political website.  John Boehner is his latest target.

Mario Piperni

It might still be possible to get a bipartisan bill on immigration through the Senate regardless of what the bill looks like and how well it addresses true reform. But it’s getting likelier that there won’t be any immigration legislation coming out of the House any time soon.

John Boehner:

“I don’t see any way of bringing an immigration bill to the floor that doesn’t have a majority support of Republicans,” Boehner said during a press briefing with reporters Tuesday.

“I frankly think the Senate bill is weak on border security, I think the internal enforcement mechanisms are weak and the triggers are almost laughable,” he said of the bill drafted by a bipartisan group of lawmakers, including Republican Sens. Marco Rubio, Lindsey Graham, John McCain and Jeff Flake. “So if they’re serious about getting an immigration bill finished, they should reach out to their GOP colleagues to broaden support.”

There you go. That just about kills any chance of an immigration bill getting through Congress. Boehner is essentially saying that unless he gets the support of teapublican house members, he will not bring an immigration bill to the floor. We know, of course, that there is no bill that addresses immigration reform in any serious manner that would ever satisfy the xenophobic madness running rampant in the radical right.

It’s all going to come down to how much pressure the GOP establishment can exert on the orange man between now and the elections to get an immigration bill through the House. Tea Party idiots might not get it but most Republicans do: there will not be another Republican president in the White House if Hispanics believe that the Republican party blocked immigration reform. End of story.

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Becoming a White Minority

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Uh-oh, the Tea Party crowd will be furious over this…(LOL)

I wonder if this is the reason far-right politicians across the country are promoting anti-abortion laws?  Probably.

Mario Piperni

Not a good time to be the party of xenophobes and delusional frauds.

For the first time, America’s racial and ethnic minorities now make up about half of the under-5 age group, the government said Thursday. It’s a historic shift that shows how young people are at the forefront of sweeping changes by race and class.

The new census estimates, a snapshot of the U.S. population as of July 2012, comes a year after the Census Bureau reported that whites had fallen to a minority among babies. Fueled by immigration and high rates of birth, particularly among Hispanics, racial and ethnic minorities are now growing more rapidly in numbers than whites.

Based on current rates of growth, whites in the under-5 group are expected to tip to a minority this year or next, Thomas Mesenbourg, the Census Bureau’s acting director, said.

The government also projects that in five years, minorities will make up more than half of children under 18. Not long after, the total U.S. white population will begin an inexorable decline in absolute numbers, due to aging baby boomers.

Will numbers of this sort bring conservatives and Republicans to their senses and finally have them embrace comprehensive immigration reform? No, of course not. Teahadists will only dig their heels in and increase the decibel level of their screeching and opposition to any commonsense reform.

As we’ve come to learn, these sad little people don’t react well to numbers that don’t match up to their preconceived notion of reality.


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The Usual Suspects

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Less than 24 hours after the tragedy at Boston and without a clue as to whom the perpetrator might be, thebigots have crawled out from under the rocks they call home…not that they were ever hiding.

In an email to members today, Tea Party Nation head Judson Phillips claimed that the Boston marathon bombing occurred because “we have a government that is not committed to protecting America” since it isn’t willing to “destroy radical Islam.” Phillips said that “Radical Islam and perhaps even non-radical Islam” is a danger to western civilization, arguing that Muslims believe that “non-Islamic nations may be conquered or otherwise taken over.”

The email (in part):

Unfortunately the sad truth is we will be hit again. It will happen sooner or later. It will probably be sooner than later.

There are two reasons why we will be hit again. First, we have a determined enemy who hates us. Second, we have a government that is not committed to protecting America.

It is a pretty safe bet right now that this attack was carried out by an Islamist. It was a well-coordinated attack. In its publication, Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula called for just this kind of attack…The only way we make sure this never happens again is to identify our enemy and then craft a strategy to totally defeat that enemy.

Meanwhile, on cue, the regular gang of narrow-minded bigots who oppose immigration reform are using Boston as further reason to push their hate agenda.

Rep. Steve King:

“Some of the speculation that has come out is that yes, it was a foreign national and, speculating here, that it was potentially a person on a student visa,” King says. “If that’s the case, then we need to take a look at the big picture.”

On immigration, King says national security should be the focus now, and any talk about a path to legalization should be put on hold. “We need to be ever vigilant,” he says. “We need to go far deeper into our border crossings. . . .We need to take a look at the visa-waiver program and wonder what we’re doing. If we can’t background check people that are coming from Saudi Arabia, how do we think we are going to background check the 11 to 20 million people that are here from who knows where.”

Laura Ingraham:

This, in my mind, raises all sorts of questions. I mean, again, we don’t know who did this, motivations, all of that. But it is interesting that at this moment — we are considering legalizing or giving regularized status to millions of people. Pretty much none of them have gone through any rigorous background checks, to have a temporary status in the United States. And we don’t — I just think that there are all sorts of security implications aside from the other arguments on immigration — national security implications that we don’t talk about with enough frankness and I think certitude here. We can’t stop every attack, but my goodness, if we had borders that were shut down and we actually had a proper screening process, maybe we could stop some of them.

Let’s say it again…ignorance and bigotry of the type displayed by King, Ingraham and the teabagger who crafted the letter above, pose more danger to the well-being of the United States than anything any terrorist group could ever accomplish.



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President Obama’s Four Part Plan for Comprehensive Immigration Reform

The GOP presented an abbreviated version of their immigration plan ahead of the president’s announced plan yesterday.

Here is a video of the president’s plans which he presented today:

President Obama’s entire speech in Las Vegas 1-29-2013

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Arizona Bill Requires Hospitals To Screen Immigration Status Of Uninsured Patients

So much for: 

“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses, yearning to breathe free…” ~ Emma Lazarus

This proposal is wrong on so many levels.  Does this “bill” demand that someone who is gravely ill and does not have their “papers” must be denied care and reported to immigration?  Think of the scenarios in which our country would abandon and deport people while ill.

Think Progress

Hospitals would need to check the immigration status of uninsured patients under a new bill introduced by an Arizona lawmaker. Rep. Steve Smith’s (R) H.B. 2293 would require hospital staff to “reasonably confirm” patients’ status during check-in or treatment, and immediately report those who do not have the required papers to immigration officials.

Smith claimed it is a hospital’s civic duty to check immigration status:

“I would hope if you witnessed somebody who is not lawfully present in this country taking advantage of, getting, acquiring any benefit or social service or something that they’re not entitled to, or something they’re abusing or neglected, I would hope somebody would pick up the phone and go, ‘Maricopa police, Buckeye police, I think — I’m not sure — but I think this is happening.”’

The Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association has already rejected the attempt to turn hospitals into another front for immigration enforcement: “When does this begin or end?” a spokesman said. “What other industry should be screening their customers for citizenship verification?” The National Coalition for Immigrant Women’s Rights and National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health also called the measure “unconscionable” and legalized “harassment“.  With roughly 19 percent of Arizona’s population lacking health insurance, the bill could deter many immigrants and their children from seeking care, as well as burden hospitals.


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SCOTUS Overturns Key Parts Of Arizona Immigration Law

Supreme Court Overturns Key Parts Of Arizona Immigration Law


The Supreme Court on Monday struck down key parts of Arizona’s immigration law, but upheld one controversial provision – at least for now.

In a 5-3 ruling handed down by Justice Anthony Kennedy, the high court held that most of the provisions being challenged encroached on turf that is constitutionally reserved for the federal government.

The court overturned parts of the law that criminalize one’s presence in Arizona without documentation, criminalize working or looking for work…

Read More →                                     Copy of ruling here.

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