Once upon a time there was a bipartisan group of seven members of the U.S. House of Representatives that was working their little Congressional buns off to create a way to overhaul our immigration system.
Did I say seven? Make that five.
Now there is the threat of a very unhappy ending to that very long tale, because two more GOP members have turned on their ideological, Obama-hating heels and stomped off. They quit!
However, one optimistic Democratic aide still believes that this is not the end to comprehensive immigration reform, nosireebob. He calls this a mere setback, “but a lot of it depends on the House R’s and their leadership right now.”
Wait, what? Did he actually utter the words "House Republican leadership"? Isn't that an oxymoron? And if that's what this all rides on, well, let's just say things aren't looking up.
Texas GOP Reps. Sam Johnson and John Carter said in a joint statement that they decided to leave the “gang of seven” because of “a lack of faith in President [Barack] Obama to enforce the current and new laws necessary to solve the immigration problem.”
“After years of hard work and countless meetings, we have reached a tipping point and can no longer continue working on a broad approach to immigration,” Johnson and Carter said in their statement. “We want to be clear. The problem is politics. Instead of doing what’s right for America, President Obama time and again has unilaterally disregarded the U.S. Constitution, the letter of the law and bypassed the Congress … in order to advance his political agenda. We will not tolerate it.”
They continue: “If past actions are the best indicators of future behavior; we know that any measure depending on the president’s enforcement will not be faithfully executed. It would be gravely irresponsible to further empower this administration by granting them additional authority or discretion with a new immigration system.”