2006 May 24 Wednesday
House Republicans May Stop Senate Immigration Increase

Dennis Hastert and immigration restrictionist Republican House members may stop the huge immigration debacle cooked up in the US Senate.

Speaker J. Dennis Hastert's insistence that major legislation reach the House floor only if it appears to be backed by a "majority of the majority" could throw a high hurdle in front of efforts to reach a House-Senate compromise on immigration later this year, lawmakers said. Hastert (R-Ill.) has invoked the policy in blocking bills that appeared likely to win approval from more than half of the House's 435 members but less than half of its 231 Republicans.

Some Republicans, rightly disgusted by Bush and also by the Senate Republicans, say it is not worth bothering to vote in the fall 2006 elections. But if Democrats had control of the House right now the Senate Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act (CIRA, S.2611) would be sailing toward Bush's signature. CIRA would bring somewhere between 66 and 93 million immigrants into the United States in the next 20 years. Republican control of the House may be the only thing that stops that bill. If the Democrats win control of the House in November 2006 then in 2007 CIRA will come up again and pass both houses of Congress.

Contact your US House Representative and tell your rep you expect his or her strenuous opposition to the Senate CIRA bill. Also, contact both your US Senators and voice your strong opposition to CIRA. Also, tell El Presidente Jorge W. Bush that you oppose his planned replacement of the United States of America with the United States of Latin America. Yelling at House reps is the most important out of the 3 main avenues of complaint.

Letters to the editors of newspapers could also help. Also, tell your friends to also send mail or email to their Congresscritters.

Update: The outcome is by no means assured. Bush is heavily lobbying House Republicans to get them to go wobbly and support an amnesty and immigration expansion.

A senior Bush adviser noted that House conservatives are themselves divided, pointing to Thursday's trip to Arizona as an illustration. Aboard Air Force One, conservative Reps. Jeff Flake (Ariz.) and John Shadegg (Ariz.) suggested to Bush that they are prepared to back a plan that would offer many illegal immigrants a new route to citizenship, according to the official. But Bush's biggest obstacle is the House GOP leadership team, including Majority Leader John A. Boehner (Ohio) and Whip Roy Blunt (Mo.), who are cool to the Bush plan. "The ice ain't going to break overnight, we know," the Bush adviser said.

Send those snail mails, emails, and faxes. Call up your Congressional representative's offices and make your views known on immigration.

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2006 May 24 11:26 PM  Immigration Politics

John S Bolton said at May 26, 2006 1:58 AM:

Senators may feel that they can be diplomats and one-worlders; but the House can't look like a Mexico-firsters' club.

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