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How the Democratic Approach to Immigration Reform Teaches Republicans Democrats are their Doormat

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If only Democrats could ask Republicans to at least wipe their feet.

But when Democrats continue to give way to GOP bullying and whining, therefore allowing this definition of ‘comprehensive’ to take form and set down roots, what we see is the not only the failure of both parties to undertake the nation’s demand for immigration reform, but we see a sign of Democratic capitulation.

And as a result, Democrats have continued, and most likely will continue, to move farther and father away from their initial immigration reform goals all in the name of political expediency.

Sadly, Democrats continue to give Republicans the benefit of the doubt, saying that Republicans just need more time to grapple with concerns about border security and the changing demographics of America. But this simply isn’t true. Sure there’s a political panic taking place within the GOP, but when it comes to the Republicans inside the House, they’re just fine with their whites-only club. All that matters now it keeping their base of conservative white voters happy. And, sorry progressives, but that doesn’t spell out immigration reform – even if we are patient with them and hold their hand along the way.

Perhaps the House will pass an immigration bill, but whether that will make the nation a winner is still to be determined.

But what is most clear, at least in my opinion, is that if a bill passes or not, what will be remembered are two things:

How Democrats yielded in unprecedented and disappointing ways to a tyrant-like GOP, giving Republicans the idea that they can push and corner Democrats as much as they want if the Democrats want something bad enough. (And unfortunately, they might be right about this one.) Or, in other words, teaching Republicans how to get away with using Democrats as their doormat. 

And that nobody, starting at the beginning with Republicans and concluding with Democrats at the end of their compromise, wanted this bill.

This moment in history, though, might very well serve as learning curve for what can happen when political groups, or any group for that matter, enters into a debate with the objective of compromising. Though the Democrats did indeed get their immigration bill, they have lost the heart of the bill, and with it, all the excitement and momentum to finally fix our broken immigration system.

In a sense, this moment has gutted many U.S. citizens of their hope.

Perhaps it would be wise, then, to follow in the footsteps of Presente.org, the Border Network for Human Rights and other advocacy groups that pulled their support for the Senate’s immigration bill. At least then we’d know we weren’t pretending to “do something” about immigration like our political parties have.

 

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