Comprehensive immigration reform battle lines are drawn

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The Beltway media villager meme for months now has been that the GOP will agree to comprehensive immigration reform after losing three-fourths of the Hispanic vote in 2012. The GOP allegedly has learned its lesson and now realizes that its ability to win national elections in the future depends upon appealing to Hispanic voters and understands the changing demographics of America.

Silly reporters, you don't understand how deep nativism and racism runs in America. it is America's original sin.

The only reason there has not been hysterical anti-immigrant opposition to comprehensive immigration reform up to now is because there has not been an actual bill around which to rally the opposition of the nativists and racists — timing is everything in politics.

That is about to change this week. The Senate's "Gang of Eight" is expected to unveil its comprehensive immigration reform bill this week.

The "Know Nothing Party" anti-immigrant nativists and the Dixiecrats-cum-"solid Republican South" racists are now gearing up for battle. Time to fire up the anti-immigrant hysteria of hate radio demagogues and FAUX News Fraudcasting.

One of the most vile nativists in the House, Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), is already gearing up to kill whatever compromise the Senate “Gang of Eight” rolls out on immigration reform. A Gang of Six Plots a Revolt – National Review:

Representative Steve King, a 63-year-old Iowa Republican, is restless and irritated,
and it shows. He’s here, stewing in a hearing room in the Rayburn
building, because he and his friends in the House’s tea-party bloc feel
disconnected from the debate on comprehensive immigration reform. “A
number of us have sat back and watched with amazement as some of our
colleagues have leapt to erroneous conclusions,” King says, sitting
alongside five other staunch opponents of legalization efforts. “But we
are where we are with the momentum in the Republican party.”

A few blocks away, Senator Marco Rubio and his colleagues on the
bipartisan Gang of Eight, who have lately been on the front pages of the
national newspapers, are poised to release legislation that will
probably include a pathway to legalization for undocumented workers.

* * *

Meanwhile, the tea-party Republicans gathered here have received scant
coverage, and scorn from liberals on Twitter, for their opposition to
the Senate’s plan.

King and his crew are not driving the negotiations, and they increasingly feel like outsiders within their own party.

* * *

A lot has changed in six years. In 2007, when Congress was last
trying to pass an immigration bill, GOP critics of that version of
“comprehensive reform” dominated the headlines, and their vocal
opposition to what was then the Gang of Twelve’s plan scared off many
Republicans who might otherwise have supported it. This time around, the
anti-legalization warriors wonder why their party suddenly seems to be
ignoring their concerns. “We’re seeing the inertia, and we’re concerned
about having this wash over us,” King says.

Yet in spite of the eye rolling they generate within the Beltway establishment, these six colorful members – [the other conspirators — Michele Bachmann (Minn.), Lou Barletta (Pa.), Mo
Brooks (Ala.), Louie Gohmert (Texas), and Dana Rohrabacher (Calif.)] – might effectively
stymie the Gang of Eight’s quest for a comprehensive package. King and
company are preparing to block whatever comes out of the Senate, and
they think they, not Rubio, will be the Republicans who shape the
debate, especially on talk radio and within the conservative movement.

Republicans leaders are paying attention. Sources close to House
conservatives say that King is working behind the scenes to sour his
right-wing colleagues on the Gang of Eight’s plan, and he made calls
over the weekend to finalize his strategy with members and conservative
activists. Insiders say King is confident that conservatives will come
to reject the Gang’s plan once they actually read it and see how it will
lead to legalization for people who entered the country illegally, even
though it is expected to also include enforcement triggers.

Barletta, a former mayor from Hazelton, Pa., says most House Republicans
view the immigration issue from a much more local perspective than do
many GOP senators, who, in his view, are trying to nationalize the
debate far too much. The illegal-immigration debate isn’t just about
politics and reaching new voters, Barletta says, but about obeying the
law. When he was a mayor, he introduced an ordinance to prevent the city
from working with businesses that hired undocumented workers [drafted by Kris Kobach of the of the Immigration Reform Law Institute, the legal arm of the anti-immigrant organization Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR).] Immigrant
groups promptly sued the city, and the ordinance was later ruled
unconstitutional. But the support his effort gained him among
conservatives helped Barletta win a House seat.

Rubio, who appeared on seven talk shows on Sunday, continues to be the
most prominent Republican on the issue, but the Florida senator’s
prominence doesn’t faze this Gang of Six in the House. Although Rubio is
popular for his tea-party rise and his soaring speeches on American
exceptionalism, he did not come up through the House and has not spent
years forging relationships with House conservatives.

* * *

King and his allies think they’ll have time to push back after the Gang
of Eight releases its bill, since they know the House GOP leadership
won’t immediately embrace the Senate’s plan.

Rep. King urged conservative Republicans to band together now. The "Worst. Speaker. Ever.," John Boehner, is allowing this subversive plot to play out.

Speaker John Boehner and his leadership team will be watching to see
which group of the House’s right flank gains more support in the coming
weeks. Most important to the leadership, sources say, is maintaining
unity within the Republican conference as the House moves forward on the
issue
. Boehner hasn’t ruled out considering a comprehensive bill from
the Senate, and he has been vague about how he wants to proceed, saying
only that the committees and working groups should take the lead. What
is clear is that the leadership doesn’t want a spectacle on the floor.

Gohmert says Boehner’s indecision about how the House will handle
immigration reform gives conservatives an opening to press the speaker
to follow “regular order,” by which lawmakers would put the bill through
the full committee process, instead of rushing it through with minimal
hearings. The House Judiciary Committee is likely to play an especially
important role, and its chairman, Bob Goodlatte (Va.) told ABC News on
Sunday that it’s “absolutely important” that the bill moves through his
committee, and not get pushed from “the top down.”

Goodlatte’s emphasis on slowing down the process plays to King’s favor, since he has
long been an influential player on Judiciary’s subcommittee on
immigration and border security, and he knows how to snag up a bill with
hearings and amendments. In the coming days, look for King’s group to
keep making “regular order” their rallying cry. “[Boehner]
has pledged, absolutely, we’re following regular order,” Gohmert says.
“The speaker would make himself a liar if he didn’t follow regular
order.”

Rohrabacher agrees with the Texan’s observation. “There would be a
revolt among Republicans if [Boehner didn’t] follow regular order,” he
says.

The challenge for King’s Gang of Six rabble-rousers is trying to stop legislation that the GOP grandees and many prominent conservatives have largely blessed. Rep. King says, “In the long run, the Republican party would be destroyed.”

Never underestimate the true leadership of the modern-day GOP, hate radio demagogues and Faux News Fraudcasting. Things are about to get ugly.

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