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“No” Is Not Enough

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President Obama plans an aggressive new push for immigration reform and the GOP needs a response that goes beyond a simple, reflexive “No!”

Most Republicans in the House don’t like the bi-partisan bill already passed by the Senate so they should pass better legislation of their own. Then conferees from Senate and House would get together to find common ground and, even if they failed, Republicans would have identified their own approach to necessary change.

The Gallup poll shows 71% who believe immigration reform is “extremely important” or “very important”; only 4% say it’s “not important at all.”

Nearly all Americans agree that our current system is badly broken and needs repair. If Republicans simply block efforts at reform then they become unwitting defenders of a dysfunctional status quo–a bad position in terms of both policy and politics.

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  1. brian ivers  •  Oct 24, 2013 at 4:46 pm

    I think that you will fold just like the Republicans did on the government shut down.I don’t believe that there is cause that you or the Republicans believe in that you would take to the bitter end.For you folks there is nothing worth dieing for. Former Republican Brian Ivers

  2. George Donald Rankin Jr.  •  Oct 26, 2013 at 5:47 am

    This has been a Government problem not a party problem. If they enforced the laws on the books right now, reform would not be needed. Pursue illegal aliens where they are. Reward those who report them. Profiling works and is very effective. The government would sooner spend billions recording every phone call and E-mail made by the legal citizens than let local law enforcement assist federal agency be successful in enforcing the law of the land. We only need to mimic what the rest of the planet normally does in regards to Illegal Immigration, treat it as a crime.

  3. greg mchugh  •  Oct 27, 2013 at 3:06 am

    what did they all say about obamacare it’s the law,no repeal no defunding no real legislation,we have real immigration laws,why is this different than any other federal law,laws must be enforced to be effective,don’t give me politically correct term it’s broken,the American people are tired of being conned,i served 20 years to defend this country,these politition’s need to start following the U.S. Constitution ,not their dayplanner and bank accounts

  4. Mike  •  Oct 30, 2013 at 5:55 am

    I find Mr. Medved’s position disingenuous. He is always going about how voting libertarian is a wasted vote. They will never win an election so you influence nothing. If all these primarily Mexican immigrants are granted amnesty, whether its now, or a decade from now, they and their five or six family member who will follow will eventually vote Democrat. We know this because we have lived it. We lost California forever after Reagan granted amnesty. And when that happens, voting Republican will be about as effective as voting libertarian. The only way any Republican would have any influence over an election is by voting in the Democratic primary for the lesser of two evils. Voting for a Republican candidate would be a wasted voted. That is what he is promising us.

  5. Mike  •  Oct 30, 2013 at 6:01 am

    Also, my comments are not meant to be disparaging against Mexicans or the Latin culture. I am a fan. They are about the politics and concern for the well being of everyone. I invite them to get in line and apply for citizenship legally. This has nothing to do with their ethnicity and everything to do with the political realities of granting amnesty. Democrats in charge eventually leads to one thing, and that is a Detroit like existence.

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