Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Comentarios from Maria: The GOP’s Hypocrisy Regarding Immigration Reform

Maria-CNN-HeadshotThe truth is that in recent months we have seen how low Republican leaders in Congress are willing to go.

The latest accusations from Speaker of the House, John Boehner, blaming the President for Congress’ inaction on immigration reform, shows how desperate the Republican leadership is and how they are running out of excuses to not bring a vote on immigration reform to the floor of the House of Representatives.

Just a week after Republicans published a series of immigration principles they hope to see in an immigration bill, the leader of the Republican party questioned the possibility that a bill will be signed this year, blaming President Obama, saying he had little confidence that the president would enforce our immigration laws.

To be specific, Boehner said the Republican Party has doubts and distrusts the president to enforce the laws.

Please! The truth is that these latest accusations and excuses from Republican leaders are illogical, misleading and cannot be further from the truth.

The Obama administration has broken records in terms of levels of deportations. In fact, some of the president’s Latino allies have criticized the large amount of deported immigrants, deportations which are the result of laws enacted by Republicans. In addition, this president has invested more money on strengthening border security, more than any other administration. To suggest that this president will not enforce the law is a joke

Boehner and the rest of the Republican leadership are only playing politics instead of solving the real problems that our communities are currently facing.

Apparently, they do not realize that the more they accuse the President’s inaction, the more they are furthering themselves from the Latino community and the much needed Latino vote in the upcoming midterm elections in November.

The U.S. Senate has already acted by passing a bill last June.

Even Democrats in the House of Representatives have presented a bill of their own.

So what are Republicans waiting for?

Cada día que pasa sin acción de Boehner, miles de personas están siendo deportadas y las familias están siendo separadas. En vez de culpar al presidente, Boehner podría llevar la reforma a un voto, y de seguro se aprobaría con la mayoría de votos Demócratas, y los pocos Republicanos que entiendan la gravedad de la situación del país y de su situación política como partido.

Each day that passes without action from Boehner, thousands of people are being deported and families are being separated. Instead of blaming the president, Boehner should bring reform to a vote and with the majority of Democrats and the few Republicans who understand the gravity of the situation for the country and their party, a passage is guaranteed.

The truth is that according to the bipartisan report of the Office of Congressional Budget,  immigration reform would help our economy and reduce the national deficit by more than $ 200 billion over the next 10 years and an estimated $ 700 billion over the next decade.

Therefore, with a reform that would reduce the national deficit, an issue that Republicans love to argue, why not act?

It’s time for John Boehner to be a leader for our nation and not allow extremists to “take hostage” what is in the best interest of the entire country.

This piece originally appeared in Spanish in the Washington Hispanic