Dream Act

Poll Shows Overwhelming Public Support For Obama As GOP Falls For His Immigration Trap

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Addicting Info

The problem with not standing for anything other than “the opposite of what Obama says,” is that you become very predictable and therefore easy to trap. The GOP put this unfortunate tendency on full display after President Obama laid out his plan to grant almost one million young illegal immigrants a temporary amnesty. He did it using an Executive Order, meaning Congress has no say in the matter. Predictably, the right wing exploded with indignity and outrage. OUTRAGE, I say!! Declarations that Obama is a dictator and a tyrant were immediate. Rep. Steve King (R-Dick) claims he is going to sue to halt the order. The deeply racist GOP literally could not stop itself from sticking its head into the guillotine and pulling the lever.

Just like President Obama planned. Unless you think it’s a coincidence he waited two years to circumvent the do nothing, GOP-crippled Congress to enact a key part of the DREAM Act the GOP continues to block?

Even as the GOP gnashes its teeth, the public is applauding the move; and the harder the GOP fights it, the worse they will look. Bloomberg reports:

Sixty-four percent of likely voters surveyed after Obama’s June 15 announcement said they agreed with the policy, while 30 percent said they disagreed. Independents backed the decision by better than a two-to-one margin.

The results underscore the challenge facing Mitt Romney and Republicans as they try to woo Hispanic voters, who are the nation’s largest ethnic minority and made up 9 percent of the 2008 electorate, according to a Pew Hispanic Center analysis of exit polls. Obama won the Hispanic vote 67 to 31 percent over Republican John McCain in 2008, according to exit polls.

Even Republican voters are mostly split, as only 56% were opposed to the move. Mitt Romney, on the other hand, avoided the question the way a Republican avoids fiscal responsibility. While Mittens may be hoping something dramatic happens to draw attention away from his inability to answer the simple question of whether he would continue the order as president or if he would shut it down, his silence on the issue is deafening, particularly among the Hispanic community.

The GOP’s refusal to moderate its tone of hate is beginning to take its toll as even basic non-controversial decisions that benefit anyone other than the GOP’s older, whiter and more bigoted base is met with howls of protest. The louder the howls, the more the general public is turned off from the right’s message of divisiveness.

Says Carmen Nieves, a 27 year old Puerto Rican participant of the poll, “In that Republican Party, there is a tolerance problem.” Truer words have never been spoken

GOP Slackers

FACT CHECK: Republicans Continue To Do Nothing On Immigration Reform

Think Progress

Two years after Senate Republicans defeated the bipartisan DREAM Act by claiming that Congress must “secure the borders first,” Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) floated the idea ofintroducing a GOP alternative to DREAM. Rubio spent three months talking up the concept on cable news, but failed to offer a bill before President Obama announced an administrative directive to protect DREAM Act-eligible students from deportation.

In unveiling the initiative on Friday, Obama cited Congress’ inability to “fix our broken immigration system” as a reason for issuing the Department of Homeland Security directive. What he didn’t expect, however, is that Republicans would respond to the news by reinforcing his message and abandoning their reform efforts.

Republicans accused Obama of politicizing immigration and the party’s new spokesperson on the issue announced that he is closing shop on any efforts to tackle the immigration question. Rubio told the Wall Street Journal on Monday that he thinks Obama’s announcement “sets back our efforts to arrive at a balanced and responsible approach to this issue. It poisons the well. It leads to mistrust.”

But the truth is that Republicans had never seriously considered comprehensive immigration reform or any new solutions for helping young people stay in the country:

– House Judiciary Committee Chairman Refused To Hold DREAM Act Hearing: Even if Rubio had introduced a bill and if the Senate had approved it, a version of the DREAM Act would have immediately stalled in the House because of Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX). The congressman chairs the Judiciary Committee and said he would not hold a hearing on the DREAM Act, which he called an “American nightmare.”

– Original Republican Sponsor Of DREAM Act Didn’t Vote For It In 2010: In 2003, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) sponsored the DREAM Act when it was first introduced. But when the Senate voted on a more conservative version of the bill in 2010, Hatch skipped the vote and dismissed it as a “cynical exercise in political charades” by Senate Democrats.

– Republican Claimed Democrats Used DREAM Act To Make Republicans ‘Look Bad’: After 41 mostly Republican senators stopped the DREAM Act from passing in 2010, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) claimed that Democrats had pushed the DREAM Act to hurt the GOP’s reputation among Latinos. The bill “passed without the ability to amend to try to make Republicans look bad with Hispanics,” he said. But Graham ignored the number of Republican senators from Latino-heavy states who previously supported the DREAM Act and voted against in 2010, and he failed to mention his own floor comments telling young undocumented immigrants who visited his office that they were “wasting their time.”

Republicans can claim that President Obama went around Congress to give protection to undocumented students, but it was the failure of congressional Republicans that forced him to act.


Mitt Romney Promises To Have Immigration Reform ‘As Soon As I Get Elected’

Romney Hispanics

It appears Mr. Romney is quite confident on getting elected to the presidency.  I would suggest that if Romney is “elected” it will be because his sixteen or so millionaires bought him the position.

Meanwhile, Romney refuses to take a stand on the partial Dream Act that the President introduced via an executive order.

The Huffington Post

Mitt Romney was asked during his interview with Fox News on Monday to address once again President Barack Obama’s decision to stop deporting undocumented youth who have graduated from high school or served in the military. And for the second time in as many days, he stayed vague on whether or not he would rescind the order upon taking office.

“You know, we will see kind of what the calendar looks like at that point and I am not going to tell which items will come first, second, or third,” Romney said, according to transcripts released by Fox News. “What I can tell you is that those people who come here by virtue of their parents bringing them here, who came in illegally, that’s something I don’t want to football with as a political matter.”

As was the case with Romney’s CBS “Face the Nation” interview on Sunday, this was a largely evasive answer. And Fox News’ Carl Cameron, sensing that evasion, asked why the presumptive Republican nominee was fine saying he’d repeal Obamacare but unwilling to say as much about this quasi-Executive Order.

“Well, when we talk about illegal immigration I think I want to start by saying we need to secure the border, we’ve got to have an employment verification system, and then with regards to these children who came here brought in by their parents who came in here illegally, how we deal with them is something I think that deserves a long term solution and I don’t think we go jumping from one solution to the other,” Romney replied. “The president I think made a mistake by putting out there what he called a stop-gap measure; I think that’s not the right way to go. I’m not going to be looking for stop gap-measures; I’m going to be looking for a permanent or a long-term solution that’s something I will start on day one. Actually, as soon as I get elected hopefully, I will start working on this issue and hopefully be ready to go immediately.”

Romney may, indeed, be more interested in crafting broader immigration reform — though his promise to veto the DREAM Act suggests he’s far more interested in border enforcement than reform. He may find the idea of a stopgap measure bad politics and bad policy. But the idea that he will somehow craft legislation and get it ready to be implemented upon him taking office Jan. 20, is truly wishful thinking considering how hard it proved to pass during the latter Bush years and early Obama years.