Pathway To Citizenship Becomes GOP Roadblock On Immigration Reform

After the Senate released the framework of an immigration bill on January 29th I wrote this: Immigration Reform: Not So Fast! I’ve been watching the extreme right infiltrate the GOP (with Republican operatives help) at an alarming rate since 2010 so it’s not a stretch to believe House Republicans will screw it up, and guess what?

It’s starting.

House Republicans insisted on Tuesday that Democrats are showing a lack of willingness to compromise on immigration reform by calling for a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, arguing that they should be more open to legislation without it.

“Are there options that we should consider between the extremes of mass deportation and the pathway to citizenship for those not lawfully present in the United States?” Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), who chairs the House Judiciary Committee, asked San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro (D) at a hearing on immigration reform, the first on the issue for the 113th Congress.

Another top Republican, immigration subcommittee chairman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), accused Democrats of refusing to come toward the center.

But the progress made by those bipartisan groups on the issue masks the difficulty that remains. Gowdy indicated openness to the Senate plan when it was released last week, but Goodlatte told USA Today on Monday that is he not convinced by the Senate immigration plan because of supporters’ insistence that there be a pathway to citizenship. He questioned whether Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is “serious about doing immigration reform.”

Citizenship is at the heart of immigration reform and Republicans should be jumping at the chance of finally appearing to be a party that cares about people—immigrants too, but alas, they can’t help themselves. They are even stating that Latinos really don’t care if they are citizens as long as they are treated with respect.

Rep. Raul Labrador (R-Idaho), an immigration lawyer before coming to Congress, said he believed there could be a solution to the immigration issue without including a pathway to citizenship.

“What they want is to come out of the shadows, they want to be able to be legal, they want to be able to work, they want to be able to travel, they want to be able to feel like they are being treated with dignity,” Labrador said. “Not very many people told me: I want to be a citizen, I have to be a citizen in order to feel like a dignified person.”

Do Republicans really believe that after supporting Sensenbrenner’s insane bill that basically turned illegals into felons that not supporting eventual full citizenship is going to appease the entire Latino population of America? This is going to make for some interesting television as this drags on. Karl Rove didn’t mind helping the teabagger revolution until they started to go after moderate Republicans in safe districts.

But as I’ve said repeatedly, once the right wing let the nuts out of the box to help them form the Tea Party, it’s almost impossible to put them back in.

Karl, your new money scam will not turn out well for your new investors while your old allies ramp up their hatred for you. He might be the only Republican shill who hopes the House R’s screw up immigration reform so he can make more cash off these saps. Enjoy!