Okay, maybe it's not quite dead, but it's vital signs are all but gone. Life support is only going to postpone the inevitable. The stone deaf house of horrors, or representatives, is looking at the clock, ready to call it. Time of death, soon.
Elise Foley has quite succinctly covered the major points:
The majorities in the two chambers have very different ideas about how to reform what members in both bodies consider a broken immigration system. In the House, Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), whose committee approves immigration bills, have said they favor a piecemeal approach. Democrats and those Republicans in the Senate who pushed for the gang of eight bill say a comprehensive bill is needed because the various issues on immigration are intertwined.
Here's how it's flippantly being treated by congressional members:
"I am absolutely confident that a majority of Republicans are not going to give citizenship to 11 million illegal aliens," Rep Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.) said Friday on the "Laura Ingraham" show.
Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.) told the National Review's Jonathan Strong that the House should "fold it up into a paper airplane and throw it out the window," referring to the Senate bill. He quipped, "Oh, is that not the right answer?"
Rep. Peter Roskam (R-Ill.), who serves in the GOP leadership, said Thursday at an event hosted by the National Review that it was "a pipe dream" to think the House would take up the gang of eight's bill.
Boehner has vowed not to break the Hastert Rule, an informal vow to take up legislation only when a majority of his conference supports it, meaning the Senate bill has very little chance of being considered. That would mean an immigration bill could be signed into law only if the chambers combine the piecemeal approach from the House and the Senate's comprehensive one.
An immigration bill without a pathway to full citizenship is just not worth the air of the discussion. And Republicans, fearing the future instead of embracing it, are going to put themselves into oblivion. Right after the catastrophic Republican defeat in 2012, the party took stock of itself. Among their desires were to improve their standing with women, minorities, latinos, younger people, gays & lesbians, and the poor. So far they have failed in all of those and continue to dig a deeper hole. This stance on immigration isn't going to help them nationally. I believe, through their own evil device of gerrymandering districts to be solidly republican, they've unintentionally become a local party, not a national one. And they'll pay the price, even locally, over time. Oblivion here they come. What's that I hear? The doctor has just called the end of life. Time of the passing officially upon refusing to vote on comprehensive immigration reform.