Tough Tactics on Immigration Reform

Seung Min Kim, Politico, December 9, 2013

Immigration reform advocates have tried being polite. They’ve staged acts of civil disobedience and warned Republicans the party will pay at the ballot box if they drag their feet on an overhaul.

But none of that has worked—so now, immigration activists are in all-out harassment mode.

In recent weeks, advocates have taken a decidedly sharper, more aggressive turn in their efforts to pressure lawmakers—primarily Republicans—on an immigration overhaul that would create a pathway to citizenship for millions of undocumented immigrants in the country.

They stormed House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s (R-Va.) condo in Arlington, Va. They delivered reams of letters to House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and dozens of other House Republicans from children of immigrant families. They’ve confronted Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) during breakfast at his favorite Capitol Hill diner and prayed on the doorsteps of his suburban Cincinnati home.

But, so far, the in-your-face strategy isn’t working. After the Senate passed the most comprehensive immigration overhaul in a generation in June, the effort has stalled. And the tough tactics are turning off key House GOP lawmakers whose support will be vital if legislation is to clear Congress.

“They’ve killed reform. It’s over. It’s dead. They killed it,” said Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), who favors immigration reform. “I begged them not to do crazy things, and they decided to be crazy. Now it’s dead. That’s what they get. It’s stupid. Why target the people who actually want to do reform?”

Backers of an immigration overhaul aren’t apologizing.

“They are refusing to move on reform; thousands of families every week are broken apart because of the failure to move,” said Kica Matos, a spokeswoman for the Fair Immigration Reform Movement, a coalition behind much of the strategy. “We are determined to see reform passed. So give us reform and we’ll go away.”

The latest example of the escalation in tactics came Monday, when advocates crammed into a small room in the Rayburn House Office Building, and young children came forward to tell stories of how the nation’s immigration laws have separated their families and caused emotional hardship.

For their finale, the children did a skit featuring Boehner as the “Grinch,” the Dr. Seuss character that has become a symbol for ruining holiday cheer. In their version, “Grinch Boehner” was standing in the way of uniting families.

“Mr. Boehner thought he’d done it, that he’d crushed all their spirits. That they’d no longer bother him, that he wouldn’t have to hear it,” the narrator said. “But the people were angry, and their love was too strong. They came back even stronger, they knew he was wrong.”

Then the young children proceeded to the offices of several House Republicans with letter-filled boxes that read: “Children’s Holiday Wishes” with a bright red “Denied” stamp.{snip}

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At last week’s Capitol Christmas Tree lighting ceremony, dozens of children sang to the tune of “Jingle Bells”: “Speaker Sir, Speaker Sir, Don’t you let us down! Deportations hurt this nation, act for families now!” Two days later, activists camped outside Boehner’s personal office and sang, “We pray for Speaker Boehner” to the tune of “We Wish You a Merry Christmas,” according to a video posted by the group.

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Dozens of activists engaged in a loud protest late one Wednesday night, in the condo lobby where Cantor, the No. 2 House Republican, lives, according to a report in the Washington Examiner. And a 9-year-old girl named Liz Marquez tried to confront Cantor as he was quickly making his way to the House chamber last week, according to a video posted by FIRM.

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  • Puggg

    They stormed House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s (R-Va.) condo in Arlington, Va. They delivered reams of letters to House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and dozens of other House Republicans from children of immigrant families. They’ve confronted Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) during breakfast at his favorite Capitol Hill diner and prayed on the doorsteps of his suburban Cincinnati home.

    That’s like taking a dump in your own dog bowl, you don’t dump where you expect to eat. Boner-Cantor-McCarthy are all RINO traitors that are scheming to scam their way to some sort of amnesty. All they did was storm and scream at the people that are with them.

    But, so far, the in-your-face strategy isn’t working. After the Senate passed the most comprehensive immigration overhaul in a generation in June, the effort has stalled. And the tough tactics are turning off key House GOP lawmakers whose support will be vital if legislation is to clear Congress. “They’ve killed reform. It’s over. It’s dead. They killed it,” said Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), who favors immigration reform. “I begged them not to do crazy things, and they decided to be crazy. Now it’s dead. That’s what they get. It’s stupid. Why target the people who actually want to do reform?”

    That’s right. Beg the people you want to give amnesty not to act up and not to show us why it’s a bad idea to give them amnesty and to let even more of their kind waltz on in.

    • Pamela

      They are foreign militants marching on our capital, demanding we the United States better give them what they want. If this is not, an Act of War, I don’t know what is.

      The ILLEGALS are such low lifes, they put their own children on the front lines of this War.

      • me

        If the Mestizo squat monsters start using terrorist tactics against these traitors in Congress, maybe these bonehead ‘progressives’ will see how harmful ‘amnesty’ and ‘open borders’ are in the REAL world.

  • D.B. Cooper

    Your boy, Boehner is front and center of the Drudge Report right this very minute.
    He is basically angry at the Tea Party, the “Right”, and probably Amren too.
    Those of you who live in his state need to get rid of this guy, like last year!!
    You can’t the mass deportations until his kind are removed from the Republican Party.

    • newscomments70

      I hear you, but anti-immigration candidates usually come in third in Republican primaries. Our votes don’t count anymore. We actually must physically fight for our freedom.

      • JohnEngelman

        I favor more restrictions on immigration. Nevertheless, I do not believe that political violence is ever justified in a democracy.

        Quite aside of the morality of the issue, political violence usually works against those who use it. During the 1960’s violence by segregationists benefited the civil rights movement. Then the black ghetto riots lead to a back lash that lead to the Republican dominance of the United States.

        • Triarius

          Political violence, on a long enough timeline, is inevitable. I do not condone it, but it will happen. Every country in the history of the world is further proof.

          In fact, you can argue that countries balkanize faster because of political differences rather than ethnic, religious, cultural, or racial.

    • NM156

      Boehner looks like a smokey-drinkey bar guy, who thought his barroom debate skills would be useful in Congress.

    • Strike_Team

      We can’t begin mass deportations until the Republican and Democratic parties are removed from every level of government. Along with certain lobbies, like AIPAC, and those that run them.

    • Alexandra1973

      I didn’t vote for him.

  • E_Pluribus_Pluribus

    NumberUSA is the top restrictionist lobby in Washington. It keeps “immigration report cards” for every elected official in Washington. I just look at the “immigration report card” for the state of Ohio, Boehner’s home state.

    Predictably, all the Republicans have grades of “B” or better (including Boehner). All the Democrats have grades of “D” or worse.

    Try that with your state. Google “immigration report card.” Click on the map of your state. There will be aberrations like open borders GOP senators John McCain or Lindsey Graham. But in general the Ohio pattern will hold.

    • RisingReich

      If you believe Boner is going to make a stand on immigration, other than to stand for amnesty – I have a bridge to sell you.

      • E_Pluribus_Pluribus

        Most who comment on this board — with a few exceptions — have an understanding of the politics of immigration approaching zero. All that counts is what Boehner does. What he has done — will continue to do — is block the Democrat-Billionaire-Big-Business push for amnesty. That’s going to disappoint this board’s airheads/troll contingent. I’m sorry for them. That’s life.

        • Sick of it

          His son in law is a black man from Jamaica. Who’s more likely to be right about Boehner’s final stance on amnesty?

          • E_Pluribus_Pluribus

            I am. But good point. It’s an added element of risk.

        • Mike Conrad

          Democrats favor uncontrolled immigration for one set of reasons, and Republicans favor uncontrolled immigration for another set of reasons. The will of the American Citizenry has always been fairly irrelevant, as are Boehner’s various political machinations.

          The proof is in the pudding: America must become a minority-white nation for the sake of its Ruling Tribe. We’re almost there by the way.

        • Bossman

          North American integration is something that will continue even without amnesty. Someday, entering the USA from Mexico will be as easy as one, two, three.

          • Alexandra1973

            You mean uno, dos, tres, amigo.

          • Greg Thomas

            How much easier does it need to get? We already have millions of illegal invading mestizos squatting on US soil. Seems like that train already left the station.

      • tlk244182

        Boehner is a despicable poltroon, I dont give a copulation what his grade with NumberUSA is. As soon as I can, I’m moving to Montana, which I’m hoping becomes a de facto White state.

  • Whitetrashgang

    Well let them all rejoin their families in Mexico or whatever, their illegal and parasites, and give back all the money they have cost us too.

  • rowingfool

    Doesn’t harnessing children to advocate a political cause violate child labor laws?

    Or is that an outdated concept in the new Mexico del Norte where children of all ages slave away just as they do in Mexico Sur?

    • mikebowen55

      “Laws” don’t apply if they go against the globalist cause. End of story.

  • Spartacus

    And to think, if these people would use all that time and effort for anything else… They still wouldn’t manage to do anything worthwhile.

  • Dave4088

    This type of mob action won’t stop when amnesty passes. Then mestizos will be demanding jobs and homes in white neighborhoods and will resort to these very same third world, banana republic style tactics to get it.

    • newscomments70

      they already do that.

    • 1stworlder

      I wish they where demanding jobs instead of benefits.

  • So CAL Snowman

    A sane country would have already gone to war with these people. A sane country would have completely shut down the southern border with Mexico. A sane country . . . oh i give up.

    • WR_the_realist

      We live in an insane country.

    • Pamela

      Sane citizens would be surrounding their White House and Capital by the Tens of Millions to force them, to force these ILLEGALS out.

      We need to be in the streets to head these ILLEGALS off. That is the ONLY WAY this ILLEGAL ALIEN INVASION INSULT will end. We have to end it. Permanently.

      • Triarius

        We are too comfortable as a people and have too much to lose. Unless there is an imminent, direct threat or we lose everything will anything happen.

        • Sick of it

          We’re pretty much there. Most folks don’t understand demographics very well.

    • Bossman

      Mexico is a friendly trading partner of the USA, so what do you mean by a complete shutdown of the southern border? Going to war? Why? The future of North America calls for more North American integration. There is no other sensible alternative.

      • tlk244182

        “There is no other sensible alternative.”
        Dont you have any self-respect?

  • “… pathway to citizenship …”

    I’m a little short this month — most months, in fact. Do you suppose that if I rob a bank the feds will create a path to wealth for me?

    • WR_the_realist

      That depends on how much you contribute to the congressmen’s campaigns.

  • WR_the_realist

    Families are not separated by our immigration laws. Families are separated by the decision of one or more adults with children to violate our immigration laws. Those cry baby activists should be reminded of this simple fact at every turn.

    • Non Humans

      Exactly what I would have said if they had paraded those anchor babies through my office.
      .
      If they would enforce the immigration laws with the same veracity as the drug laws, these illegal squat monsters would stay in the shadows, where they belong (Until they are caught and deported, that is)

    • IstvanIN

      They can always take their children with them. This is not Cuba or North Korea.

  • Larry Klein

    I love it. See RINOS like Boehner harassed by the very ingrates he’s slobbering over: though his real motivation is Adelson Dollar Disorder and not misplaced philanthropy

  • Truthseeker

    These activists for “immigration reform” are like little children. “We’re going to kick and scream until you give us what we want! We want to be here, therefore we deserve to be here! You’re just a big meanie who hates us if you don’t give us everything we want!”

    Do any of our elected officials want to be the adults here? Here are some adult responses:

    “Life isn’t fair.” (Translation: “Some people are born as nationals of crappy countries whose people can’t get their act together. That isn’t the fault of the more fortunate people, so don’t tear them down because of your problems.”)

    “Go to your room.” (Translation: “Go back to your own country and stop disrupting things for the rest of us.”)

    “Don’t make me turn this car around.” (Translation: “Don’t force us to take extreme measures to remedy your behavior.”)

    “You’re not getting anymore allowance.” (Translation: “Fine, you can stay where you are, but don’t look to us for any benefits. You’re on your own, and if you come crawling to us, we’re going to laugh in your face.”)

    Some of these responses are better than others, but all would be better than giving in to these temper tantrums.

    • Marc Zuckurburg

      The time is now for comprehensive immigration reform.

      Comprehensive immigration reform will raise wages and salaries, strengthen national security, prevent terrorism, enhance our domestic crime-fighting ability, ensure that we continue to encourage the best and brightest to partake of the American dream, enhance our competitiveness and our ability to innovate, and make America more prosperous.

      Make my immigration reform comprehensive, please!

  • borogirl54

    What is so amazing is that these immigrant activist do not realize that they are actually hurting their cause. They are not going to get anything from Congress. Obama refuses to extend DACA to all illegal immigrants by executive order.

    • RisingReich

      You so sure? Just wait until the last few months of this ‘Presidency’ – will make Clinton’s pardon and exec order list look like a fairy tale.

      • borogirl54

        He has already said that this is something that he cannot do. These activists were already told that by doing what they are doing, it is just making it worse.I tend to think that he may extend DACA to all immigrants but this is all they will get. No green card, no path to citizenship.

  • John K

    Of course these foreign invaders will get amnesty. They’ve already got everything else they demanded: free schooling, welfare checks, and even Obamacare was crafted largely with them in mind; we pay, they benefit.

    America is finished.

    • borogirl54

      Actually illegal immigrants and DACA reciepients are not eligible for Obamacare even if they purchased health insurance with their own money.

  • Strike_Team

    The aliens in charge stole much of Christmas from whites decades ago, truth be told. If they have their way, the story of the “Grinch Who Stole Christmas” will someday be reworked into the heroic tale of an “outsider” of color who stopped a cruel, divisive, exclusive yearly spectacle observed by a hated race of evil, pale-skinned people.

    Who was behind this ‘tard fest? Wait. I think it might possibly be a group deeply entrenched in show business, who no matter how childish or poor an idea is, will still slap each other on the back and proclaim to one and all how original and creative the piece is, how it is the work of geniuses!

    Whites don’t really have friends in either “party” when it comes to immigration. The government is our ENEMY. Too many people, white people, are still naive enough to believe that voting in a certain fashion will save us. Our eventual salvation is not going to come via the ballot.

    • mikebowen55

      I’m done with voting.

    • ms_anthro

      Collectively, we could starve the beast without a shot fired. Food for thought.

    • Non Humans

      Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition!! I cant wait!

    • IstvanIN

      Sounds like an Adam Sandler type.

    • tlk244182

      Yes, its gone too far to fix at the voting booth.

  • Nathanwartooth

    Who is paying for this?

    • WR_the_realist

      George Soros. If it’s a far left cause, he’s paying for it.

      • Strike_Team

        Soros is one of the front men for his “people” despite any talk that says otherwise. They have no problem with letting one guy take credit or blame for things as long as they get their cut. They have a hive mentality.

  • Hubbub

    “…young children came forward to tell stories of how the nation’s
    immigration laws have separated their families and caused emotional
    hardship.”

    These so-called hardships they have brought upon themselves; they were not wrought by immigration laws. Why should I be forced to accommodate people who have created their own morasses of misery? And continue to do so, despite the examples of their own distressed(?) fellow illegals. Can’t they take a hint?

    I am not my non-brother’s keeper.

  • Alexandra1973

    My church supports a missionary in Mexico City.

    The pastor got an e-mail from him recently. The missionary has to drive up to Texas to renew his license plates, then drive *back* to Mexico City. The thing is, driving there is pretty dangerous, what with all the drug cartels and whatnot…he said that just about anyone making that trip would prefer to take a bus or fly there.

    So why do we want those people here again…? If I wanted to live in a violent third-world hellhole, I’d move to Mexico…or even back to Detroit….

  • NeanderthalDNA

    “Immigration reform advocates have tried being polite.”

    Really? When?

    Well, now that they are being impolite, perhaps we should be impolite as well.

  • Sloppo

    I think they should demand free entry and lots of benefits from Japan and China. We’ve given them a thousand times more than those countries have, so now it’s their turn.

  • Greg Thomas

    “They are refusing to move on reform; thousands of families every week are broken apart because of the failure to move,” said Kica Matos, a spokeswoman for the Fair Immigration Reform Movement.”
    We need millions of families “broken apart” in order to put a dent in this illegal occupation. Besides, the family which is deported together, stays together.

    • Sloppo

      The only way to reunite those broken families is to send them back home. If more come here, they too will have family members left behind and this terrible broken family problem will only become worse.