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Republicans Getting Played on Immigration Issue

In this week’s debate over immigration the President played the GOP opposition like a Stradivarius violin, which is surprising following the recent mid-term election results.

In a nutshell, the President’s plan gives legal status (not citizenship nor permanent residence) to about 5 million undocumented immigrants.  They have to have kids who are American citizens and have been here for at least five years.

Republicans are up in arms over this.  They are gnashing teeth, threatening lawsuits, promising to withhold funding and missing what just really happened.  The President just scored a major victory with the children of those impacted by the law.

You see those kids are already citizens, it’s their parents who are undocumented.  And guess what, since they’re citizens they will be able to vote in a few years.   According to the research about seven percent of our K-12 student population has an undocumented parent.   And not only will those kids will be voting in a few years but the demographics show they are growing fastest in a lot of places that went really red a few Tuesdays ago.

Do you see what’s happening here?  Even if the GOP manages to stop the President’s plan, which I doubt they legally can, Obama still looks like the hero to these kids and Democrats will get the benefit of their vote.

If Republicans are smart they will offer up their own alternative  plan real fast real quick.   Otherwise, they’ll get played again, again and again.

And like we say in my old neighborhood, instead of focusing on the player, pay attention to the game.

 

 

  • malercous

    The President’s not playing the GOP so much as the party keeps shooting itself in the foot in re immigration. Xenophobia & hatred are not admirable traits. The GOP could fix the problem, but they’ll try using it as an excuse for 2 more years of gridlock. Why work when you can whine? (Work vs. wine I understand)