Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Immigration Reform: An Uncompromising GOP Is Ready to Kill It

By Claudio Iván Remeseira | Posted Wed., Aug. 21, 2013 a 8:26 a.m. ET. Last modified, Aug. 21, 2013, at 12:01 p.m. ET

Last week, the Republican National Committee issued a resolution urging Congress to pass an immigration reform bill, but one that would only grant renewable work permits for undocumented residents of the U.S., not a path to citizenship.

This is unsurprising news. The RNC resolution is just a reflection of the dominant view in the Republican base, who regards both the comprehensive approach favored by the Obama administration and the immigration reform bill worked out by the bipartisan “Gang of Eight” and approved by the Senate in June as a little less than high treason. 

The Republican grassroots uproar against what they see as an "amnesty" to people who  entered or stayed in the country illegally does not dither even in view of the pain it inflicts on families facing the deportation of one (or both) parents. (watch VIDEO below)

Unsurprisingly too, this is also the position endorsed by most members of the House GOP and the rationale underlying a 'piecemeal approach' that favors bills such as the KIDS Act over the DREAM Act, which includes a path to citizenship for young men and women brought as infants to the U.S. by their parents. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte reiterated on Monday that such a provision is a no-go for the House GOP. 

The right-wing radicalization of the Republican base also explains the abrupt fall of Marco Rubio, a vocal proponent of immigration reform and one of the members of the Gang of Eight, from the first to the sixth place among the GOP presidential contenders for 2016.

Read more at the Los Angeles Times 

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