Open Letter #57 To President Obama – Immigration Reform Now!

News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. Dec. 20, 2013: Dear Mr. President,
It’s almost Christmas and Santa has been watching closely the many on the immigration reform debate this year that have been naughty or nice. Somehow, Praise the Lord, it seems Speaker John Boehner has had an awakening! He remembered Santa has not delivered his gift yet, and is trying his best to be suddenly nice to avoid the huge bag of coal in his stocking this year.

In what can only be seen as a last minute dash to get on Santa’s nice list, Boehner has seemingly criticized conservative organizations and tried to put some distance between “him” and “them” so he can win points with Santa and Hispanic voters next year.

The Speaker it seems is not waiting until the New Year to line his ducks up and turn the focus back on immigration next Spring. He’s hired Rebecca Tallent, who worked on bipartisan immigration legislation for Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz as a new staffer, even as House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), whose committee is weighing a number of bills, called immigration a “top priority” in 2014 on the heels as House & Senate Budget Committee Chairmen Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Patty Murray (D-WA) reached agreement on a budget.

And there’s more. John is making sure he slaps those who he felt were naughty this year, in the process and is not waiting around on Santa to do the coal “thing.”

As Boehner said about the right-wing groups that opposed the budget before they’d seen it: “They’re using our members and they’re using the American people for their own goals. This is ridiculous. Frankly, I just think that they have lost all credibility.”

Good for you John! Santa and Jesus are both proud.

Now that you’ve put the right wing in their place – it’s about time by the way –time to get back to dealing with immigration reform outside of the silly Caucus and without the Hastert Rule. Show them ‘who’s the man!’

Time to give a gift of legal status to the 11 million plus undocumented immigrants in this country who like VP Joe Biden said accurately, are Americans. Think about it, if they can vote for contestants on the voice as a U.S. “resident” then they are Americans right?

So on to the passage of a bill or several bills that can make this happen come early 2014. Remember Santa is still watching.

And Mr. President, one more thing – stay out of it for now and let dear John get his flock in line. We all know he hates you to be right and refuses to listen to anything you say. So let him lead his rams and ewes for a bit and let Santa work his magic this holiday. Maybe John will get a gift that’s not coal after all.

Felicia Persaud.

The writer is CMO of Hard Beat Communications, which owns the brands News Americas Now, CaribPR Wire and Invest Caribbean Now.