News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Tues. Sept. 2, 2014: Dear Mr. President,
Fear is defined by Miriam Webster as “an unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause pain, or a threat.” ‘Fearville,’ in my definition, is a place where you live that is filled with fear because of inaction or your own action that is about to cause an opposite and equal reaction. The term accurately sums up where Republicans, including Senator Marco Rubio, live these days.
After spending the entire year doing nothing on immigration reform and blocking and bashing every appeal, offer, lobby, cry and motion sent to them, the GOP is now up in arms over the possibility of you using administrative moves on the issue.
The GOP House has had many, many opportunities to deliver something, even a watered down version of the Senate bill on immigration passed last year, but choose instead to pass more funding for Israel but ignore immigration.
What Republicans were really worried about is any bill allowed on the floor would have passed with unanimous votes from Democrats and a few from Republicans, so they choose to not allow any reasonable bill on the floor.
Senator Marco Rubio, a Cuban-American who sees nothing wrong with Cubans getting landed amnesty in the U.S. and his state of Florida, but not Haitians, now says the GOP may use the country’s budget to block you, should any executive action be taken on immigration.
What else is new? This is the GOP’s playbook and everyone including ‘Hoppity,’ knows it by heart now.
The Republicans understand that if executive action is taken that focuses on opening the legal immigration system for more to benefit including thousands of work permits for high-tech workers and the relatives of U.S. citizens and permanent residents and the 5 to 6 million undocumented immigrants and visa overstays who will be able to take any job in any industry, public or private, then their Party may become extinct. 2016 would be but a pipe dream; pie in the sky no less.
Even the private sector, a big supporter of the GOP, will be on your side in full; not to mention the millions of immigrants who will be forever in your debt and the history you will make as President of the United States.
This scares Republicans and it should. But too bad! They’ve wasted precious time and delivered nothing – all in the name of fear – fear of no longer being in control and fear that the majority in a country is no longer White, but is fast becoming largely brown and black.
Summer is ending soon. No more excuses, no more deporting persons whose only crime has been overstaying a visa or entering the country without legal working papers to pursue a better life.
Now it’s time for you to act. Let’s make this happen now, time is of the essence.