GOP Comfortable Ignoring Obama Pleas for Vote on Immigration Bill

Russell Berman, The Hill, October 25, 2013

For President Obama and advocates hoping for a House vote on immigration reform this year, the reality is simple: Fat chance.

Since the shutdown, Obama has repeatedly sought to turn the nation’s focus to immigration reform and pressure Republicans to take up the Senate’s bill, or something similar.

But there are no signs that Republicans are feeling any pressure.

Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has repeatedly ruled out taking up the comprehensive Senate bill, and senior Republicans say it is unlikely that the party, bruised from its internal battle over the government shutdown, would pivot quickly to an issue that has long rankled conservatives.

Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.), a leadership ally, told reporters Wednesday there is virtually no chance the party would take up immigration reform before the next round of budget and debt-ceiling fights are settled. While that could happen by December if a budget conference committee strikes an agreement, that fight is more likely to drag on well into 2014: The next deadline for lifting the debt ceiling, for example, is not until Feb. 7.


He said it was unrealistic to expect the House to be able to tackle what he called the “divisive and difficult issue” of immigration when it can barely handle the most basic task of keeping the government’s lights on.

“We’re not sure we can chew gum, let alone walk and chew gum, so let’s just chew gum for a while,” Cole said.

In a colloquy on the House floor, Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) asked Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) to outline the GOP’s agenda between now and the end of 2013.

Cantor rattled off a handful of issues—finishing a farm bill, energy legislation, more efforts to go after ObamaCare—but immigration reform was notably absent.

When Hoyer asked Cantor directly on the House floor for an update on immigration efforts, the majority leader was similarly vague.

“There are plenty of bipartisan efforts underway and in discussion between members on both sides of the aisle to try and address what is broken about our immigration system,” Cantor said. “The committees are still working on this issue, and I expect us to move forward this year in trying to address reform and what is broken about our system.”

Immigration reform advocates in both parties have long set the end of the year as a soft deadline for enacting an overhaul because of the assumption that it would be impossible to pass such contentious legislation in an election year.


The legislative calendar is also quite limited; because of holidays and recesses, the House is scheduled to be in session for just five weeks for the remainder of the year.


“Rather than create problems, let’s prove to the American people that Washington can actually solve some problems,” Obama said Thursday in his latest effort to spur the issue on.

But Republicans largely dismiss that line of thinking and say the two-week shutdown damaged what little trust between the GOP and Obama there was at the outset.

“There is a sincere desire to get it done, but there is also very little goodwill after the president spent the last two months refusing to work with us,” a House GOP leadership aide said. “In that way, his approach in the fiscal fights was very short-sighted: It made his achieving his real priorities much more difficult.”

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  • E_Pluribus_Pluribus

    It looks like the current crusade for amnesty (“immigration reform”) — just like the crusades in ’06 and ’07 — is defeated. But I would not let up with Congress. Vast amounts of money have been poured into pushing the GOP to commit suicide with amnesty. Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg alone has commited $50 million dollars to the effort to compel reluctant GOP House members to betray their country and their base.

    Just today Drudge ran these titles on the issue:

    “Evangelical Pastors, Marriott CEO United on Immigration” (Bloomberg Business News)

    “Latino group targets $20M to oust GOP: ‘We know who we’re going after’” (Washington Times)

    “Immigration reform pitch gets aggressive: Some advocates turn to civil disobedience to press for action” (Orlando Sentinel)

    That’s just today. I would not let up.

    • Jesse James

      I was thinking along the same lines this afternoon. Time to write a few more emails to my legislators to make sure they know where I stand on amnesty.

    • Sick of it

      You know, considering how many members of these “Latino groups” are illegals, INS really should attend their rallies and start the deportation process…not that they will actually do their job.

  • Puggg

    It’s a little bit scary that Obama’s bull headedness on other things might well be what kills this, when what should kill it is it to begin with. But hey, we have to use what works to get what we want.

    • evilsandmich

      Like they say “a win is a win”; although this is more like a stalemate, but it’s preferrable to the alternative.

  • JohnEngelman

    Immigration reform advocates in both parties have long set the end of the year as a soft deadline for enacting an overhaul because of the assumption that it would be impossible to pass such contentious legislation in an election year.

    – Russell Berman, The Hill, October 25, 2013

    In otherwords, reducing restrictions on immigration is unpopular with the voters. Something like this can only be passed when the voters are not paying attention, but when employers are making campaign contributions.

    • WR_the_realist

      My treasonous Republican senator, Kelly Ayotte, said she voted for the immigration bill precisely because it greatly increases the numbers of H-1b workers. She gushed about how this will provide tech companies with needed workers. She doesn’t care that she will put tens of thousands more American programmers and engineers out of work.

      Of course my Democratic senator voted the same way.

      Somebody tell me again about the profound differences between the two major parties. I still can’t see any.

      • JohnEngelman

        H-1b workers destroyed my computer career of twenty years. Still, I am not angry at the H-1b workers. They are struggling as best they can. I am angry at the American employer class that would rather hire them than Americans.

  • Your children are being taught to become “uncomfortable” with racist bigots who don’t want to give citizenship and voting amnesty to our own blood enemies.

    • Ella

      If you want to live among mostly White communities, you are now “prejudiced.” (Of course, you have your liberals who hide out there.) America and England will crash first as an example of failed immigration policies. I see the mass damage since I live in a majority minority State. Many more States will be irreversible. It’s why I feel more cynical and angry. I find small, serene parks to escape the influx. White people flock to their own “get-aways” over the weekends.

  • DaveMed

    Make it absolutely clear to your states’ Senators and Representatives that immigration is the sole reason more than 10 people have even bothered to show up at the polls to vote Republican in the past 8+ years.

  • bigone4u

    Politics. Obammy can simply make the Border Patrol and other agencies “stand down.” A real white party would pass an immigration bill cutting off nonwhite immigration and kicking the invaders out as in “Operation Wetback” in the 50s.

    • Viking_61

      One of the following would have to happen for this to happen:

      a) Financial mega-meltdown worse than ’29

      b) Cyber war w/ China turns off power grid for minimum 6 months

      c) EMP blast (China, Al-Qaeda?) knocks out power in USA for minimum 6 months

      d) Worldwide drought causes food shortages in USA

      e) Nuclear war

      • M&S

        Anthropomorphic Robotics.

        That’s all it would take.

        Someone to come up with a reliable anthropomorphic labor robot that could follow simple formation and stacking operation orders while possessing a boundless energy for lifting 25lb weights.

        Warehouse, roadway repair, construction, stoop labor.

        Even slaves cannot compete with free.

        Did we couple this with a middle-states refusal, as an act of civil disobedience, to comply with federal taxes on interstate transport of farm goods, threatening to ‘leave it lie’ or /burning crops in place/, if our racial voice was not obeyed in answering the call to a Constitutional Convention, we could win back our homeland.

        People who are uncomfortable around other races and yet openly scornful of those who say what they will not, in public, will say nothing if the will of the wind blowing strong and free says: “No, no more.”

        This is not, ultimately about globalization. It’s not about industry. It is about the destruction of an entire people by a global alliance united in seeking our collective annihilation.

        And did we present the figures and make it clear what being part of a New World Order was going to cost us as a future our grandchildren would never see, the walls would come crashing down.

        And people would _WAKE UP_.

        Decouple the economic motive, leave these murderous monsters no convention of pragmatism behind which to hide their preference for ethnic wage slavery as the opening gambit of genocidal displacement.
        And then tell them they can go home, _now_, because they have lied about everything they were supposed to be taking seriously as a sacred oath. To be our representatives in a Republican Democracy.

      • Sick of it

        Selection ‘a’ is pretty much here, we’re just waiting for all of the dominoes to fall.

        • Ella

          You’ll see people leave with their 2 or 3 passports at hand if USA has a financial collapse or another Great Depression. I really think USA is in a mild Depression currently but no one will admit it to prevent panic. If the government did not “prop up” the crony stock markets and banks, you would see totally different effects. These “bailouts” cannot last forever………..give it five years in my opinion.

    • M&S

      Exactly. This is a case of agreeing to do nothing until the next time the debate comes up and they can shimmy and shift around in their thousand dollar Barker Blacks with a sheepish grin that says someone bent over for someone but, hey, /it wasn’t them/.
      Speaking of which, we are beyond the point of more of the same as denying the boat is sinking by raising our feet higher and wider. It’s time to start bailing our homeland back out, like mad.
      As the literal proof that the /concept/ has been overruled by American collective will.
      And that will never happen because the socialist agendists and the globalist industrial whores have decided that America, unlike Saudi Arabia, unlike Japan and Korea and Taiwan, unlike China and unlike Israel (the real world powers of the future), will lead the charge away from ethnostatism towards becoming a third world favela by nature of our imported Mestizo and Black population and it’s dismal IQ.
      What will happen instead is a gradual “We’ll come back later when you’re not so alert…” temporary retirement from the field like lions slinking off into the grass, after the first stomped foot, flicked ear and blown nostril.
      That’s all they think of us as being. An preyable herd body which, upon our final blended-out destruction, can easily be replaced by a new electorate.
      And being lions, none of them thinks that hyenas, in a pack, have no fear of the king of beasts.

  • Spartacus

    “We’re not sure we can chew gum, let alone walk and chew gum, so let’s just chew gum for a while,” Cole said.”


    You tried chewing gum AND enforcing the law at the same time ?

  • Romulus

    This brings to mind the past election,as BO promised to ram his second term agenda down our throats.
    We’ve seen this coming all along and have actually called out their end goals. No need to reiterate again.
    Call your congressman and demand that they stand fast!

  • Luca

    Comprehensive Immigration reform is worse than the analogy of “Rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic.”

    It is comparable to opening all the portholes on the Titanic.

  • MekongDelta69

    Do what Ike did in the 50s – Operation Wetback.

    Ahh – I always mention ‘Operation Wetback’ when this subject comes up, but today, ‘bigone4u’ (below) beat me to it. Good on ya.

  • mobilebay

    The only thing I want to hear on immigration is “deport, deport, deport and close the border” Then, maybe our country will stand a chance.

  • WR_the_realist

    What’s broken about our immigration system is lack of enforcement and way too much legal immigration. All proposals to “fix” our broken immigration system give citizenship to people who broke our immigration laws and increase legal immigration. In other words, they take our broken immigration system and smash it into little pieces. I can only pray for a continuation of our “do nothing” congress.

    • Jesse James

      It also didn’t help that we filled our immigration service and border patrol with people just like those who make up the majority of illegal immigrants. I don’t blame the employees I blame the traitors who knowingly filled these civil service positions with people they knew would have more natural connection to the illegals than to the nation they are supposed to be guarding.

      • Ella

        They don’t get sued as easily if they have to make arrests or use force.

        • Jesse James

          That may be true, it is certainly why police departments originally started to hire minorities who mirrored the areas they were policing. I think however that it is the natural outgrowth of the AA anybody but a white man tendency of government hiring. Originally the various civil service hiring protocols were supposed to be a judge of merit but AA has so polluted the original system that it can now be seen as just an extension of our racial spoils system.

  • E_Pluribus_Pluribus


    “They” have at least as much incentive to convince us our demographic situation is hopeless, as in, “It’s too late. Give up. Surrender,” as to convince us we are “still the majority” so we need not worry so much about our ongoing displacement.

  • DelmarJackson

    Join Numbersusa
    read vdare every day
    and vote out the weasels in BOTH parties.

  • willbest

    I like it when congress doesn’t do anything. Its the best you can hope for anymore.

  • Ella

    No party will limit immigration since most corporations demand cheap labour. Libtards want the potential votes. This is an employers market, so companies don’t want to increase the wage with all the job seekers. I questions Libtards in their face how they will ever increase US wages as they flood us with millions of illegal/legal immigrants p/y. Then, these newly unskilled immigrants can’t afford US cities, even with welfare. Is it really nice to transport people from original culture into another foreign slum? No, it’s not.