No more GOP excuses on immigration reform

  • Article by: Editorial , Washington Post
  • Updated: December 23, 2013 - 5:35 PM

With budget deal in place, there’s really no legitimate reason for further delays.

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lesluethmersDec. 23, 13 6:10 PM

Exactly no more excuses arrest them and send them back. Illegal is illegal.

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crystalbayDec. 23, 13 8:03 PM

Exactly no more excuses for not creating a path to legal status. NONE. That a bipartisan bill was carved out, voted on, and sent to the House is inexcusable. That Boehner wouldn't even bring it to the floor for a vote is unconscionable. Immigration reform is decades in the coming. It's pure politics that the right wing extremists have stopped the forward movement of this humane, bipartisan bill is against the what this society was formed on. "Send them back" disregards the millions who were born here and tried for many years to become legalized. I know some who've done everything possible to become legalized citizens in 1964 and STILL haven't been processed. This is unconscionable on its face. The "send them home" contingent do not know what they're talking about and are simply against all immigrants.

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chlyn001Dec. 23, 13 9:22 PM

On most issues I count myself among the progressives. On this issue I have trouble because so many others who would like to come to America are not eligible for the same deal simply because they follow the rules. Granted, the rules don't help any particular ethnicity, at least in theory maybe, but why should some have an advantage simply because they DON'T follow them. What I mean is I have friends in the Caribbean, and they don't have much chance of coming here to stay, or even getting a short term VISA. They can't just cross a border illegally either. Those who can do that, cross illegally, seem to get the advantage, and that seems unfair to me. The message is to just jump the line, come without papers, and eventually you'll prevail. Something is wrong with this picture.

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arspartzDec. 23, 1310:20 PM

In other news: Bank robbers want to keep the money.

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arspartzDec. 23, 1310:22 PM

Exactly no more excuses for not creating a path to legal status.

If I break into the DMV on Saturday night and hide out in the building, should I be allowed to be the first one in line Monday morning? In the liberal world I shouldn't even have to pass the test.

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mnavariceDec. 24, 13 5:41 AM

Exactly no more excuses for not creating a path to legal status.----- there is already a path to legal status

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mnavariceDec. 24, 13 5:44 AM

Absolutely NO complains allowed when the labor pool swells and wages are kept low due that pesky concept of "supply and demand".

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owatonnabillDec. 24, 13 6:47 AM

"Exactly no more excuses arrest them and send them back. Illegal is illegal." .......... This will never happen, and to even advocate such an idea is shortsighted in the extreme. Our government admits to 14 million illegals in America today and that means probably at least 24 million and maybe more. To send them back to the squalor from whence they came is a logistical impossibility: the sheer numbers alone make it that way and one must consider also the probably hundreds of thousands of children borne of illegals in America: children who are by definition American citizens and who cannot legally be deported. Add to that the fact that such a deed would assuredly result in millions dead of disease and starvation caused by going back to areas who cannot support their current populations at. anything but the bare minimums. For these reasons and more America would be accused of a crime against humanity rivaling if not surpassing the Holocaust, and we would richly deserve such condemnation. Another answer must be found, and found quickly. Unfortunately the vested interest in illegal immigration that both Democrats and Republicans have, makes a quick and sensible solution virtually impossible.

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davehougDec. 24, 13 7:21 AM

OK OK, assume the illegal immigrant problem is solved today and both sides are happy. THEN WHAT??? What stops another wave hoping to make their status permanent by avoiding deportation long enough???? Try mandating a high minimum wage + permanent resident status and watch the world line up to enjoy just that.

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melloncollieDec. 24, 13 9:17 AM

"Exactly no more excuses for not creating a path to legal status." - We do. Fill out the paperwork and follow the process that is in place.

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