White House Immigration meeting back on track… quietly

The Obama administration quietly rescheduled their twice-postponed meeting on immigration reform. Sources including the Miami Herald, Politco and La Opinion are reporting who will be at the meeting. The list includes many democrats and a few republicans, such as:

Senators: Robert Menéndez, Patrick Leahy, Charles Schumer, John McCain, Mel Martínez, John Cornyn, Jeff Sessions.

House Members: Lamar Smith, Zoe Lofgren, Xavier Becerra, Howard Berman, Lincoln Díaz-Balart, Luis Gutiérrez, Nydia Velázquez, Loretta Sanchez, Adam Putnam, Anthony Weiner.

I want to reiterate from earlier posts the importance of Republican lawmakers and pundits to become a positive and constructive voice on immigration. I am not saying to agree with Obama on everything but if you don’t agree on an issue provide a real, positive reform. Do not just say “no.” Please refrain from Tancredo-like assaults on Latinos during the process, it helps no one. Find common ground, debate when necessary, and think of new ideas. The GOP is suppose to be the party of ideas, lets get some fresh thoughts on the table.

These meetings and this debate might dictate how Hispanic Americans see the Republican Party for generations to come. Reports are already saying that after the Sotomayor debate support of Hispanics for the GOP dropped to single digits. This is unacceptable. (more on this issue later.)

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1 Comment

  1. You write:

    “I am not saying to agree with Obama on everything but if you don’t agree on an issue provide a real, positive reform. Do not just say “no.” Please refrain from Tancredo-like assaults on Latinos during the process, it helps no one. Find common ground, debate when necessary, and think of new ideas. The GOP is suppose to be the party of ideas, lets get some fresh thoughts on the table”.

    My position is that I am opposed to any sort of attacks on Latinos **as Latinos**. I am opposed to any sort of attacks on LEGAL IMMIGRATION. I am opposed to any sort of identification with Hispanic being equated with illegal.

    However, considering the topic of “immigration reform”, your post above seems to be already slanted and biased towards one perspective.

    What is wrong with bringing to the table of discussion the perspective of “No”, when all we see is the crime wave (Social Security number theft, credit card fraud, identity theft–not to mention the social disintegration caused by anchor babies—not to mention the growing Balkinization caused by illegal immigrants who break our laws and who refuse to assimilate) caused by illegal immigration?

    We do not need immigration reform of the sort proposed by RINOs, Obama, or McCain.

    We need our laws enforced.

    What is wrong with bringing to the table the perspective of “No” when the accompanying results are just crime and more illegal immigration.

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