“It was a remarkable two days of legislative dysfunction, even for congressional Republicans, who have been pushing the limits of unhinged governance” was the opening line in a New York Times OpEd.
Three tweets provide the background :
— Loretta Sanchez (@LorettaSanchez) August 1, 2014
— Rep. Rubén Hinojosa (@USRepRHinojosa) July 31, 2014
— Michele Bachmann (@MicheleBachmann) August 1, 2014
The Wall Street Journal OpEd was no less kind to the Deportation Republicans :
The GOP’s Border Spectacle
The party melts down one more time over immigration.
A party whose preoccupation is deporting children is going to alienate many conservatives, never mind minority voters. The episode is also sure to raise doubts among swing voters about whether Republicans would be prepared to govern if they do win control of the entire Congress.
So while Speaker Boehner knew that the border crisis had to be addressed … especially after pushing the “Human Trafficking” issue as the GOP Election Year strategy after his January 30th statement was rejected by the Deportation Republicans.
Who could forget Speaker John Boehner announcement that “the serious problems in our immigration system must be solved,” and highlighted his party’s intent to work in a “bipartisan manner” to fix it. “It’s important to act on immigration reform because we’re focused on jobs and economic growth, and this about jobs and growth,” Speaker Boehner told his caucus.
The Deportation Republicans demanded an array of policy changes, most notably new restrictions on the President’s executive order, known as DACA, allowing some undocumented immigrants who were brought here as children to remain in the country.
DACA is Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, an Obama memorandum that orders US immigration services and Border Patrol to practice discretion and limit deportation of undocumented immigrants who would be eligible for protection under the DREAM Act — which Congress failed to pass.
John Kline has responded like he does on so many issues … with silence … but his Friday night vote speaks loudly … especially for the estimated 550,000 children and young adults who would be impacted.
John Kline campaigns on human trafficking … touting to the local media “Kline champions bipartisan legislation to support youth victims of sex trafficking” … deep buried in the article is the fact that all three bills were approved with Zero opposition … but expressing his views “We have a moral obligation to do all we can to serve children” and “No victim should be denied critical support because of outdated policies” … and with Chairman Kline’s vote he is advocating sending many refugees back to Honduras, the “murder capital of the world” and surrounding Central American countries.
John Kline also issued a press release that some Second District counties would be granted FEMA monies for storm damage … and never acknowledging that to pay for the deportation, will require an offset to FEMA disaster relief funding provided in previous appropriations bills.
John Kline failed to issue a press release about his vote on the “NO NEW DREAMers ACT” but voters need to question him on this refugee crisis.
Michele Bachmann may not be seeking another term, but John Kline is … and the DFL-endorsed challenger, Mike Obermueller has not bashful about discussing the truly important issues of the day … stating :
“We have to move forward from the partisanship to solutions.”
“The Republicans are choosing their party over the solution.”
“Many politicians do more talking than doing. I’m less of a politician and more of someone who wants to get things done.”
“The only way to do it is to change the people in the House.”
"We need comprehensive immigration reform and we need it right away!"
— Mike Obermueller (@Obermueller2014) February 20, 2014