Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Pelosi Backs Away from Cornerstone of Comprehensive Reform

With the culmination of a two year effort resulting in the registration of record number of Latinos and new American citizens, who overwhelmingly support Democratic candidates, and hold the fate of several key swing states in their hands, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi today stated that she may no longer support a key component of immigration reform legislation come January.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Friday that Congress is unlikely to approve a tax rebate before President Bush leaves office, and she signaled that prospects are dim for a postelection session to pass an economic aid package.

In an interview with The Associated Press, Pelosi played down the chances that Democrats — increasingly confident of capturing the White House and building their House and Senate majorities substantially — could come to terms with Bush and vanquished congressional Republicans this fall on a plan to address Americans'

… Pelosi spoke in exuberant terms of capitalizing on a political "tide" gathering in favor of Democrats to beef up her majority. If a wave materializes to sweep out Republicans en masse, Democrats might not see a point in attempting to negotiate with Bush on an economic recovery measure when they have the chance, 11 weeks later, to do so with Barack Obama in the White House.

…Pelosi also said Congress would have to tackle the politically sticky job of overhauling immigration laws in the new Congress, after a bipartisan measure collapsed last year.

The estimated 12 million immigrants in the U.S. illegally "are part of the U.S. economy. We cannot send them all home, and we cannot send them all to jail, so we have to address it," Pelosi said.

Any solution would have to be bipartisan, she said, so it may require sacrificing some of Democrats' past priorities, such as giving illegal immigrants a path to citizenship.

"Maybe there never is a path to citizenship if you came here illegally," Pelosi said. "I would hope that there could be, but maybe there isn't."


Polls have overwhelming shown that Latino and new American citizen voters are one of the most highly motivated voting blocks this electoral season. In the primaries, Latinos showed up at the polls in numbers greater than in previous general elections. The driving force behind this increased participation has been the volatile immigration debate and the vitriolic rhetoric that came from certain quarters of the Republican Party.

But now it appears that Speaker Pelosi is ready to backpedal on a key aspect of the Comprehensive Reform that Democrats have claimed to champion since the debate began. … a path to citizenship for the approximately 12 million undocumented immigrants working and living in the US.

While stating that " We cannot send them all home, and we cannot send them all to jail, so we have to address it", she goes on to say that full legalization could be off the table.

This leads one to speculate as to exactly what kind of status Ms. Pelosi has in mind for these 12 million souls.

If they are in fact not to be put on a path to citizenship, yet not sent home, it's safe to assume Ms Pelosi intends that they stay here in with some sort of "other" status. That of perhaps guest workers who never need return home, yet never become full members of society.

There are words for that class of person …a permanent under class, Braceros, indentured servants.

This is not the deal the Democrats made with this constituency.

Every demographic survey done in the last ten years points to the growing political power of Latinos, new immigrants, and those born during the current wave immigration from 1965 until the present of immigrant parents. Every poll done of this important demographic shows that immigration reform and a just, humane, and practical immigration system are a key concern.

Now, only weeks before the election, with what she believes is her majority sewn up tight, Speaker Pelosi revels that perhaps the promises made in the past were for naught, and in the spirit of "bipartisanship" she's willing to sell out this core constituency.

The door swings both ways Ms Pelosi, and those who give power can be quick to take it away. Something you might want to think about for 2010, 2012 and beyond … they'll come sooner than you know.

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