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It's not Syria holding up immigration reform
By Ruben Navarrette, CNN Contributor
updated 8:15 AM EDT, Thu September 12, 2013

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Ruben Navarrette: Some say Syria kept House from passing immigration reform. That's bogus He says debate over until 2015; bill was cumbersome and porkladen He says sticking points are over things not vital to reform movement, such as citizenship Navarrette: Both parties panicked; Syria gives them out, but it's not the real reason

Editor's note: Ruben Navarrette is a CNN contributor and a nationally syndicated columnist with the Washington Post Writers Group. Follow him on Twitter: @rubennavarrette (CNN) -- Blame it on Damascus? No, let's not. This week's preferred media narrative comes in two parts: First, that comprehensive immigration reform isn't just headed to the back burner but will be completely off the stove until 2015 and beyond. And second, that it was the crisis in Syria that pushed the issue off the agenda. After all, we're told, how can Congress concentrate on anything else when it has to decide whether to approve a military strike against the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad? The first part is fact, but the second part is fiction. It's true that Congress is done with the immigration debate for the rest of this year. The GOP-controlled House of Representatives might hold a vote on a "reformlite" bill where illegal immigrants get legal status but not citizenship. Or it might offer legal status only to farm

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html[9/12/2013 8:33:59 PM] . The amendment process pushed it past 1. Raúl Labrador.000 pages. No. Here are three of them: One: The major legislative offering -. Wed September 11. 2013 David Kusnet says postspeech polling shows the president made some headway with Americans on his approach to Syria. Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act -collapsed under its own weight. Wed September 11. the president's case for action on Syria won't persuade warweary Americans that U.interests are at stake Kerry. Wed September 11. That's because. more data doesn't mean better outcome.S. as California-based policy analyst Arnold Torres maintains.S. 2013 John Avlon says New York voters wisely chose to reject the comeback attempts of Anthony Weiner and Eliot Spitzer Obama's pitch to war-weary Americans updated 12:42 PM EDT.Opinion: It's not Syria holding up immigration reform . But any hope of a large-scale reform that offers legal status to the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants in the United States has faded. If you interviewed illegal immigrants and asked them what they would have liked to have achieved in the immigration reform process -. have stopped Syria's chemical attack? updated 12:17 PM EDT. Labrador walked away from immigration reform efforts in the House. Spitzer out: Thank you New York updated 9:44 AM EDT. and the aid displaced still in Syria Zuckerberg pushes immigration overhaul Besides. And because Congress really only shows up for work in oddnumbered years (so members can run for re-election in-between). Torres knows this terrain well. 2013 Talat Hamdani says her son. Two: As broken as Washington is on most issues. My son died as a first responder on 9/11 updated 11:32 AM EDT. It is not true. who bravely rushed toward the WTC. Steve King on immigration Aaron David Miller says despite his description of the gassing of children. Thu September 12. the bill was 844 pages long. get children into school. Weiner. the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act -. Wed September 11. 2013 Rep. Could U. 2017 and 2019.the Border Security. immigration updated 9:28 AM EDT.. that it was Syria that killed immigration reform for this Congress. should be listed on the 9/11 Memorial as a first responder. When the Senate's bipartisan "Gang of Eight" unveiled its masterpiece in April. it is doubly dysfunctional. 2013 Ai-jen Poo and Terry O'Neill say immigration reform must free up visas for jobs to give women power. Tue September 10. anything.and I've done just that David Rothkopf says Kerry's "goof" remark about Syria yielding chemical weapons to avert strike--and Clinton's backing the idea--may shape http://www.before will tell you that when you want to pass legislation. a proper autopsy would show that immigration reform is meeting its demise in this Congress for a variety of reasons. we'll probably be having this conversation in 2015.e. Weeks ago. Many of the giveways have had nothing to do with immigration but were merely intended to get the support of senator so-and-so from such-and-such state. Wed September 11. 2013 Immigration overhaul stalled That town is filled with people who use this issue to further their own agendas. One of them is Rep. workers and DREAMers. Clinton and a glimmer of hope on Syria updated 12:07 PM EDT. 2013 Megan Bradley says the global community must help to keep borders open for fleeing refugees. Wed September 11.com/2013/09/12/opinion/navarrette-immigration-stalled/index. to give a thought to whether what they had on the table was worth passing or how it would be implemented. Many advocates this time around were too busy worrying about passing something.CNN.com Ruben Navarrette Jr. Humanitarian crisis spilling from Syria updated 8:36 AM EDT. there was too much pork. Obama's speech a model of persuasion updated 7:56 AM EDT. The folks who have helped pass immigration reform legislation -i. R-Idaho. those publicity-seeking undocumented young people who want preferential treatment because they intend to go to college or join the military.and it's also an excuse that comes in handy for lawmakers looking for an exit door. when the subject is immigration. you want the bill to get smaller as time goes on.cnn. That's just a quick and easy explanation -one favored by those who don't understand the issue in all its complexities -. however. the debate was always about politics instead of what it should have been about: policy. having contributed to the debate over reform in 1986 as executive director of the League of United Latin American Citizens. 2013 Bruce Schneier says there are limits to our intelligence apparatus. not the opposite. who recently told Univision's Jorge Ramos that it is becoming less likely that immigration reform will pass anytime soon because Congress is turning its attention to Syria.

If you sat down with Border Patrol agents and supervisors and asked them what they need -. Now thanks to the crisis in Syria. 2013 Peter Bergen says the terror threat in America largely comes from loners rather than from al-Qaeda.com up into a real plan. Tue September 10. Be afraid of Big Marijuana updated 9:17 AM EDT.html[9/12/2013 8:33:59 PM] . surveillance equipment and tunnel detection capability. What's not on that list? Citizenship and the voting privileges that come with it. Follow us on Twitter @CNNOpinion. 2013 LaMar Campbell says that key questions about concussions go unanswered in the NFL's settlement with former players. members of Congress in both parties have a way out. And. the ability to travel across borders and a driver's license.cnn.thanks to the Corker-Hoeven "border surge" amendment -offer? More agents and more fencing.they would ask for new roads on the border. and business interests that want more immigration because they need workers. and some members of organized labor.and I've done that. they'd say. 2013 Daniel Pinkston says bringing former NBA players and North Korea players for basketball games is good diplomacy. -. it is one heck of a tough spot to be in. Democrats talk soft but pander to working-class Americans by ratcheting up deportations and building walls.Opinion: It's not Syria holding up immigration reform . Tue September 10. Whatever you do. Still. with the enthusiasm of a dying man in the desert reaching for a bottle of water. Washington is also filled with people who think they know more than the folks on the frontlines.CNN. Mon September 9. Dennis Rodman builds trust with North Korea updated 5:56 PM EDT. with neither side able to trust the other. Democrats have to keep the peace between Latinos who want illegal immigrants to have a pathway to citizenship because they feel their pain. too -. which hasn't launched a successful attack here in the past 12 years. J. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Ruben Navarrette. Rowling Voyager 1 Syria Breaking Bad Join us on Facebook/CNNOpinion. it works. More from CNN Video: Comments » 212 SHARE THIS Print Email More sharing Friends: Wife lied after husband's death On GPS: Obama's power to strike Syria From Around the Web 14 Famous Couples Time Forgot (But We Never Will) refinery29 League admits a second blown call in 49ers- More from CNN Why we're risking arrest over immigration Trayvon Martin medical examiner fired Developmentally delayed teen girl missing in Couple has sex every day for 365 days http://www. Republicans have to referee a civil war between nativists who want less immigration because they fear that the country's complexion is changing. 2013 David Frum says "medical marijuana" is a laughable fiction.they would ask for three things: a work permit. Jihadist terrorism in America since 9/11 updated 7:54 AM EDT. The solution? Fool everyone. Three: The debate has been inherently dishonest.K. or at least buy Obama some time. Sometimes. Tue September 10. neither party really wanted to have this debate. which is a repeated deal-breaker for politicians.com/2013/09/12/opinion/navarrette-immigration-stalled/index.would like to give immigrants a one-way bus ticket to their home country because they fear the competition. Posturing and hot air to the contrary. they're grabbing it. don't give us more agents to train and more fencing that doesn't keep out anyone. It divides their constituencies. NFL concussion settlement raises questions updated 6:45 AM EDT. Republicans talk tough but go soft on employers by creating loopholes and delaying enforcement efforts. who--despite the fact that their leadership supports reform-. So what did the Senate bill -.

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idiots . no matter where he is from and how he came ! Those who are purchasing a happy life are never criminals !!! On the contrary.. And our laws say that we can't deport people who don't have a home to return to. People coming here illegally would be better served by staying in their native country and making it a better place for them to live and prosper. No one has the stomach to spend what it would take (and endure the police state it would take) to deport more. And a few more are smuggled by boat across oceans. 1 △ ▽ Reply Share › Jim > mk_1001 • 3 hours ago How do you know that the border capture rate is really 50%? How many illegal immigrants are really in this country? I seriously doubt that anyone actually knows. Which of these laws would you ignore? 1 △ ▽ Reply Share › iron76 > mk_1001 • an hour ago Every life on the earth has the right to purchase a better life. 1 △ ▽ Reply Share › mk_1001 > Jim • 2 hours ago Independent studies and audits using different methodologies have produced similar estimates close to that figure. those who are against human rights are criminals and they are pigheaded. 49 △ 2▽ Reply Share › http://www. and we deport the maximum.. And let's not forget that 40% of illegal immigrants arrived legally and overstayed their visas.html[9/12/2013 8:33:59 PM] . If you think the capture rate is much lower.Opinion: It's not Syria holding up immigration reform . We need enforcement of the existing laws and system. The DOJ / ICE is only funded to deport 400.cnn. 1 △ ▽ Reply Share › remmett70 • 12 hours ago We don't need reform.000 people per year.com the federal budget.CNN.com/2013/09/12/opinion/navarrette-immigration-stalled/index. and chances are the capture rate is lower than 50% and the illegal immigrant numbers are much higher than 11 million. Our laws also say that minor children can't be charged with crimes. then that's all the more reason to recognize that throwing more money at border security won't solve the problem.

renting apts.. Don't attack Mexico. But they will self deport if we stop giving them everything.com alphacat4 > remmett70 • 10 hours ago Because those laws are working so well. Yeah right. What evidence do you offer that the laws are not being enforced? The numbers are telling a different story. 5 △ 3▽ Reply Share › BeanAdult > alphacat4 • 9 hours ago Send employers to jail for hiring illegals. Then you'll start seeing some self-deportation. just on paper. 2 △ ▽ Reply Share › Reckless > Dnice • 6 hours ago Do you realize that deporting all of them will seriously harm our economy? You're taking their purchasing power out of our economy. 21 △ 2▽ Reply Share › illz > Dnice • 8 hours ago Hmm. But no worries the dems are going to crash the economy in no time .com/2013/09/12/opinion/navarrette-immigration-stalled/index. but try illegals as spies under the Geneva Convention and execute them.cnn. We are deporting illegals in record numbers.and yet the same people wonder why income equality is so drastic.aren't you repubs always going on about job killing regulations? 6 △ ▽ Reply Share › Wastrel Way > Dnice • 4 hours ago I had a better idea years ago. not the other way around.CNN. then no one will have jobs.. we need to deport them ALL. what they really do is depress wages for American workers. driver licenses. If you flood the labor market with surplus labor then http://www. 4 △ 3▽ Reply Share › Chris Engel > Reckless • 6 hours ago Bunk.Opinion: It's not Syria holding up immigration reform . Which means layoffs unless you want to pick produce for less than minimum wage. E verify. Declare war on Mexico. Congress is supposed to protect the US from invasion. 24 △ 1▽ Reply Share › Dnice > alphacat4 • 9 hours ago Hogwash . See the aca for examples.. That will end it. Mexico approves of the invasion of the US by its people and aids and abets them. The laws are not being enforced because they don't work..html[9/12/2013 8:33:59 PM] .

CNN. Also illegal immigrants can't receive social assistance through the government..... In reality...Opinion: It's not Syria holding up immigration reform ..com/2013/09/12/opinion/navarrette-immigration-stalled/index.cnn. the effects would be much larger....html[9/12/2013 8:33:59 PM] . essentialy subsidizing the employers ability to pay low wages. they will find that the impact that immigrants (or any group for that matter) have on the economy is multifaceted and complex.. not even the immigrant can really get by on the minimal wages they are paid. 6 △ ▽ Reply Share › Reckless > Chris Engel • 4 hours ago Really because I can find countless experts who disagree. When one looks more closely..... Debates about the economic and fiscal benefits and drawbacks http://www. would result in an indirect negative impact on local businesses because there see more 2 △ 1▽ Reply Share › Norman Dostal > Reckless • 4 hours ago wont at all actually △ ▽ Reply Share › Reckless > Norman Dostal • 4 hours ago Really because I can find countless experts who disagree. they are also consumers and taxpayers. What actualy happens if the farmer can't find someone to pick produce at slave wages is that they have to raise the compensation offered for that job (benefitting the worker). or new market opportunity arises for companies to produce and sell automated equipment to do that job. Mass deportation. The employer can take more in proffit and his real purchasing power goes up compared to the employee.. Immigrants are not just workers.it's sent home in terms of cash payments to thier country of origion where relatives can benefit from a favorable exchange rate on the dollar...... Adding insult to injury a good portion of the immigrants "purchasing power" isn't even spent here. Debates about the economic and fiscal benefits and drawbacks of immigrants typically oversimplify the role that immigrants play in our economy.. That's why money sent home is such an important part of Mexico's economy.. Also illegal immigrants can't receive social assistance through the government.. Worse yet. for example.again spurring the economy and producing more (and better) job opportunities. In this report we describe the direct impacts of either deporting or legalizing undocumented workers. The middle class getting nailed on both ends.they need to augment that by seeking out social services which are paid by the American taxpayer..com a workers ability to negotiate for fair compensation for his work goes down. The effects of their labor and consumption on economic growth and fiscal health must be factored in as we consider how to address the situation of a large undocumented workforce.

Mass deportation.S. △ ▽ Reply Share › remmett70 > alphacat4 • 9 hours ago You cannot honestly be this dim..html[9/12/2013 8:33:59 PM] .com/2013/09/12/opinion/navarrette-immigration-stalled/index. Immigrants are not just workers. they will find that the impact that immigrants (or any group for that matter) have on the economy is multifaceted and complex.com of immigrants typically oversimplify the role that immigrants play in our economy.Opinion: It's not Syria holding up immigration reform . the laws arent enforced-they would work if enforced http://www. alphacat4.. 4 △ ▽ Reply Share › Steven Szirotnyak > alphacat4 • 8 hours ago We're asking illegal immigrants how they would like to see our laws rewritten to benefit them? Mr.. dumdum.. would result in an indirect negative impact on local businesses because there would be less money circulating in the local economy which see more △ ▽ Reply Share › Reckless > Norman Dostal • 4 hours ago I posted studies that support it. In a nine-page memo issued Friday.CNN.cnn. if parents are detained. agents should make sure they have the ability to visit with their children or participate in family court proceedings. for example. they are also consumers and taxpayers. 5 △ 1▽ Reply Share › Regularguy22 > alphacat4 • 3 hours ago The Obama administration issued a policy late last week telling immigration agents to try not to arrest and deport illegal immigrant parents of minor children — a move that adds to the categories of people the administration is trying not to deport. please don't run for office. △ ▽ Reply Share › Norman Dostal > alphacat4 • 4 hours ago because. Navarrette. In reality. please don't run for office.. When one looks more closely. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said agents should use “prosecutorial discretion” to try to avoid detaining parents and. the effects would be much larger. In this report we describe the direct impacts of either deporting or legalizing undocumented workers. U. The effects of their labor and consumption on economic growth and fiscal health must be factored in as we consider how to address the situation of a large undocumented workforce.

Germany once had good laws & a Constitution.cnn. 13 △ ▽ Reply Share › ThinkStraight > freedomliberty13 • 8 hours ago http://www. The executive branch is not following what it has been directed to do by the constitution. The executive branch was created to execute our laws and that includes the laws they might disagree with. in their opinion. and keeps arrestees in federal facilities at taxpayer expense because they all claim refugee status.CNN.html[9/12/2013 8:33:59 PM] .Opinion: It's not Syria holding up immigration reform . They are not working well (I detect your sarcasm) but the federal government allows cities to flaunt them. Unfortunately. is right. This is a constitutional crisis.com/2013/09/12/opinion/navarrette-immigration-stalled/index.com △ ▽ Reply Share › Wastrel Way > alphacat4 • 4 hours ago You are partly correct. he will enforce the parts he likes and change or ignore the parts he doesn't like. 13 △ ▽ Reply Share › Lance Sjogren > Brad4 • 12 hours ago You can trust Obama to enforce the new immigration law because the new immigration law abolishes enforcement of the immigration laws! 4 △ 4▽ Reply Share › freedomliberty13 > Lance Sjogren • 11 hours ago As he has done with ObamaCare. 29 △ 1▽ Reply Share › freedomliberty13 > Brad4 • 11 hours ago The Constitution "forces" the executive to follow the laws. Their problem was that Hitler just ignored them and forced laws to give him increasingly more power. allows employers to flaunt them. that concept doesn't work with a lawless administration that uses the Constitution as a rug to wipe their feet on. △ ▽ Reply Share › ThinkStraight > remmett70 • 8 hours ago blah blah blah △ ▽ Reply Share › Brad4 • 13 hours ago If we changed our immigration law what forces the executive branch to follow that law? Already the executive branch ignores our laws and does what.

SO. 2 △ 1▽ Reply Share › freedomliberty13 > ThinkStraight • 8 hours ago Can you please point me towards the section of our Constitution that says "our president can unilaterally delay. voted upon and signed into law. Chaney for one example of legal precedent. As you know.Opinion: It's not Syria holding up immigration reform .CNN." I missed that part. delete or change parts of ANY law WITHOUT Congress voting to amend it. △ ▽ Reply Share › ThinkStraight > freedomliberty13 • 2 hours ago Are you someone who believes it's a good idea to shut down the http://www. 4 △ ▽ Reply Share › ThinkStraight > freedomliberty13 • 5 hours ago If you understood what the constitution does then you would know that such language wouldn't appear there. Delaying pieces of legislation is actually quite routine under administrations of both parties. and in the face of MA sending Sen Scott Brown to be the vote to kill it in the Senate.cnn. BTW if you don't like the Affordable Care Act why are you upset about a piece of it being delayed? Your condescension is not appreciated." Yet. I'm looking forward to a GOP Prez in 2017. which I feel Obama is using UNCONSTITUTIONAL means to subvert. I believe that ObamaCare should never have been passed considering: it was done with few or no Congressmen having read it. it required the bribing of at least 2 Dem senators (Landrieu of LA & Ben Nelson of NE) with public money to spend in their states. the GOP CONSTITUTIONAL tools to FIGHT it include letting it collapse of its own weight and internal contradictions and problems. If all else fails and it moves forward. I think that sword can cut BOTH WAYS. using that same "discretion" Obama has used and that is mentioned in that court case you cited to destroy it and/or fail to enforce it. on purely partisan lines (guaranteed to generate opposition when it affects 1/6 of our economy).html[9/12/2013 8:33:59 PM] .com/2013/09/12/opinion/navarrette-immigration-stalled/index. 2 △ ▽ Reply Share › freedomliberty13 > ThinkStraight • 4 hours ago Like many Americans. IF he suggested parts of it when it was being created.com Except that he helped write the law so your comment makes no sense. against public opinion according to the polls. it has only become LESS POPULAR now that "they passed it so we could find out what's in it. but I'm not confident of what will happen there. You can research the supreme court case Heckler vs. The GOP is considering defunding it. none of my above complaints claim any unconstitutionality.

THEN. △ ▽ Reply Share › ThinkStraight > Brad4 • 8 hours ago Please provide one good example of what you're talking about. You've heard the saying "it takes 2 to tango?" Budgets are the same thing. there would be no shutdown. So they are equally accountable. 2) Many of the GOP ran & were elected upon the promise to "do everything in their power (considering that the GOP does NOT hold the Senate OR the White House) to slow down or stop ObamaCare.com/2013/09/12/opinion/navarrette-immigration-stalled/index. THEY would be the ones who CAUSED the shutdown because THEY REFUSED to pass the rest of the budget and decided to HOLD THE COUNTRY AS HOSTAGE unless they got their way on Obamacare. 1 △ 1▽ Reply Share › my131staccount • 13 hours ago What is killing immigration reform is the realization by Americans that the Democrats want to sell citizenship for future votes.CNN. If the GOP would only agree to what Obama/Reid wants.html[9/12/2013 8:33:59 PM] . 32 △ 2▽ Reply Share › ThinkStraight > my131staccount • 8 hours ago Any support for that statement? http://www.Opinion: It's not Syria holding up immigration reform . let's get some facts & logic straight.cnn. If Obama & Reid would only agree to the GOP proposed budget." This upcoming budget battle is an opportunity to act upon that promise. Are you going to answer it? You're ducking and dodging like a politician.com government in order to defund the Affordable Care Act? △ 1▽ Reply Share › freedomliberty13 > ThinkStraight • 2 hours ago 1) First." I don't think so no matter how much Obama & his media minions try to spin it the other way. if Obama & Reid choose not go along. The GOP will communicate to voters that they are willing to pass EVERYTHING in the proposed Dem budget EXCEPT OBAMACARE. there would be no shutdown. △ ▽ Reply Share › ThinkStraight > freedomliberty13 • 2 hours ago It's a yes or no question. Do you really think a majority of Americans will say "are you crazy GOP? WE LOVE OBAMACARE & don't want you to touch it! Stop it or we'll vote you out.

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