Tuesday, January 29, 2013
A bipartisan group of senators reached a framework for an immigration overhaul that includes tougher border security and a path to citizenship for some undocumented immigrants. (AP)) ****************** The NYT’s editorial board writes that “now we are talking” But the board also writes that “..There is the real possibility that this road to reform will be illusory, stacked with obstacles, detours, dead ends and quick exits….” I would agree with that. Sen. McCain, on CBS This Morning, told Charlie Rose and Nora O’Donnell that the boarder must be secure before a pathway to citizenship for those already here can proceed. When Rose, or was it Nora?, asked if this will take years (and years) to achieve, McCain pointed at Rose and O’Donnell declaring that the citizens of his state should have as much security as the building at NYC’s CBS studio. In short, McCain described drug smuggling, crime, murder as the norm on his Mexico-Arizona border. That is going to be the mantra of the SW GOPers. A pathway to citizenship is going to be rhetoric to gain the Hispanic vote in 2014-2016; but to gain citizenship one would have to be free of a crime history; pay fines and taxes; and then get in line (so to speak). In short, it sounds better than the right-wing “self-deporting” position; but not by much. Why not replicate our Jeffersonian history (as TJ purchased the then Louisiana territory), and annex, buy, or invade Mexico?