This canción y baile looks familiar:
If Congress doesn’t pass a comprehensive immigration reform law in the next year then President Barack Obama might be “tempted” to legalize 11 million undocumented immigrants by executive order, Sen. Marco Rubio said Tuesday morning.
Stalling on Capitol Hill might force the president’s hand, the Florida Republican said. That could result in a mass legalization of undocumented immigrants without any of the reforms included in the Senate-passed immigration bill that Rubio played a key role in writing and negotiating. Rubio said continued delay in Congress could create a scenario in which the nation misses out on his bill’s technological advances along the border with Mexico, drones, cameras, more Border Patrol agents and a national E-Verify system.
“I believe that this president will be tempted, if nothing happens in Congress, he will be tempted to issue an executive order like he did for the DREAM Act kids a year ago, where he basically legalizes 11 million people by the sign of a pen. Now, we won’t get an E-Verify, we won’t get any border security. But he’ll legalize them,” the Florida senator told Tallahassee radio host Preston Scott.
Republicans may not recognize that song and dance but I spent nearly 30 years as a Democrat and I can name that tune in one note. It’s called the “Half a Loaf” song.
“We have to pass this now otherwise they will pass something much worse!”
Remember when George Dubya had a raging hard-on to invade Iraq? Remember how the congressional Democrats folded like cheap suits? Same song, different verse.
It is a very bipartisan performance. One party sings harmony and the other sings melody. There are usually a small number of voices singing off-key, like Ron Paul, Russ Feingold and Dennis Kucinich used to do.
For years I used to lament about how the spineless Democrats could not stand up to those mean old Republicans. Then I realized that failure was the plan. The game was fixed and one or both parties was selling out their constituents.
You may have seen polls that say most Americans support immigration reform. Those numbers change dramatically if you ask them if they support amnesty. What people want is to stop the flood of illegal immigrants. But that ain’t what they’re gonna get.
Who will benefit from the current immigration reform bill?
Illegal immigrants, obviously. The Democratic party will probably pick up a bunch of new voters. Big Business will get a new source of cheap labor.
Republicans. Non-government unions. Blue-collar workers. The unemployed.
I’m tellin’ ya, the fix is in. They’re gonna sing, they’re gonna dance, and then they’re gonna jam this bill through Congress and into law.