Twelve million undocumented immigrants are working here in the United States. Many can’t speak English. Those people are doing jobs that Americans won’t take because the pay is too low. Those illegal aliens will do those jobs because it’s better to live in the United States illegally then staying in their native countries.
Donald Trump has put the issue of illegal aliens (undocumented immigrants) front and center. The rest of the Republican presidential candidates have been too timid in condemning Trump’s remarks.
As things stand now the Republican Congress has not lived up to the promises it made. Few laws have been passed. The One Hundred and Fourteenth United States Congress has been a continuation of the gridlock of the previous two year session.
The Senate did pass an immigration reform bill in 2013. The vote was 68-32. Fourteen Republicans crossed the aisle to vote with all Democrats in favor. Unfortunately the House has not acted on the bill. “The strong bipartisan vote we took is going to send a message across the country, it’s going to send a message to the other end of the Capitol as well,” said Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), the leader of the so-called Gang of Eight. “The bill has generated a level of support that we believe will be impossible for the House to ignore.” Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2013/06/immigration-bill-2013-senate-passes-93530.html#ixzz3fG7LNSir. We know how that has worked out.
Imagine now if the House passed that legislation. That would give the G.O.P. the campaign issue that could win them the White House. Today the Republicans are considered the party blocking immigration reform. Ah, but couldn’t the Democrats claim the victory? Thus the deadlock will probably remain.
Are the Republicans wise enough to blaze a new trail? At this time there is no answer.