In another effort to delay action on immigration reform, house Republicans have declared it’s not worth it to pass legislation because they believe President Obama cannot be trusted to enforce it. While the GOP claims President Obama would not enforce immigration legislation, deportations have hit record highs under the current administration indicating that Obama will uphold immigration legislation even if he does not personally agree with every aspect of it.
“That’s not a reason not to do an immigration bill, that’s an excuse not to do it,” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi responded. “And around here, you have to always differentiate between what is a reason and what is an excuse.
House Republicans claim their lack of trust in the current president is the reason they propose to put off passing immigration legislation until 2017, when they still may not trust the new president. This opting to delay as long as possible is the face of a deep division in the GOP about what to do about immigration legislation. While the Senate was able to pass bipartisan immigration legislation in 2013, the House has yet to move forward. A handful of Republicans in the house back comprehensive immigration reform while most have advocated for immigration reform in a piece-meal and step-by-step process. Some House Republicans are opposed to any action whatsoever.
House Republicans have not enlightened anyone as to how President Obama could win back their trust. Representative Pelosi argues this is irrelevant because the United States government was set up on a network of checks and balances. She adds, “We’re the first in the Constitution—the legislative branch. And what we’re supposed to do is legislate, and not make up excuses as to why we don’t.”
Source: Siddiqui, Sabrina. “Nancy Pelosi: If GOP Can’t Trust Obama on Immigration, Congress Should ‘Pack Up And Go Home,” Huffington Post. February 6, 2014. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/02/06/nancy-pelosi-immigration-reform_n_4739705.html
This article was written by Rebecca Little