Posted by Somos Independents
On November 13, 2013, Boehner stated he has no intention of ever going to conference on the Senate bill that garnered bipartisan support. But on December 3, 2013, Speaker Boehner decided to throw a bone to the media hound dogs when his office hired Becky Tallent as his top immigration aide.
So what has Becky Tallent been doing?
Nothing except for crying about President Obama. However, we have had to inform Becky Tallent that President Obama is not a King of a monarchy — he is the President of the United States and last we checked our Nation prides itself on democracy. But Tallent is now part of the GOP machine and immigration leaders and activists have not seen one single bill introduced by Speaker Boehner’s office since last year.
We are sick and tired of Becky Tallent insulting the intelligence of Hispanic Voters. Immigration Reform is being blocked by the Tea Party GOP because that is what they do best. The Tea GOP consists of a bunch of obstructionists and the growing Independent Voter block are getting disgusted with it. According to According to IVN: “The current Congress has an average 9.2 percent approval rating and 84.2 percent disapproval rating. … These numbers point to a grave problem: the House of Representatives is utterly unrepresentative.
We have the votes now that will fix the broken immigration system that would only enhance our national and economic security. According to Rep. Nancy Pelosi, we have the legal comprehensive immigration reform (CIR) votes with 190 cosponsors on H.R.15 and 28 Republicans vowing support.
In fact, the Democratic-led Senate introduced and passed a bill over 7 months ago and the GOP-led House has done nothing.
MethodologyOn November 2-3, 2013, Basswood Research conducted a survey of likely general election voters in 20 congressional districts. These districts are widely viewed as the 20 most competitive ones currently held by Republican incumbents. The districts surveyed were: CA-10, CA-21, CO-6, FL-2, FL-10, IA-3, IL-13, IN-2, MI-1, MI-7, MI-11, MN-2, NE-2, NV-3, NY-11, NY-19, NY-23, OH-6, OH-14, PA-8. The survey was conducted by live professional interviewers by telephone. The overall sample size was 1000, with a margin of error of +/- 3.1%, at a 95% confidence interval. Each district contributed 50 interviews to the sample; as such, data in individual districts is much less reliable.Key Findings• Voters in key Republican districts are highly dissatisfied with political leadership in Washington across-the-board.President Obama’s job approval rating is poor, with 41% approving and 58% disapproving. “Democrats in Congress” fare even worse, with 34% approving, and 63% disapproving. But it is “Republicans in Congress” who are in the worst shape in these Republican districts, with 27% approving and 70% disapproving of their job performance.• Voters in key Republican districts want action on immigration reform.Fixing the current immigration system is rated as “very important” by 70% of voters in these districts. An additional 23% rate action on immigration reform as “somewhat important.” Only 5% rate immigration reform as either “not very important” or “not at all important.”• Voters prefer an imperfect immigration solution to no solution.When given a choice between leaving the current immigration system the way it is, and “passing new laws that are not perfect, but do attempt to fix the serious flaws in the current system,” voters choose imperfect solutions over the status quo by a massive 77%-15% margin. That includes 67% of voters who consider themselves “very conservative,” and 72% of registered or affiliated Republicans.The major elements of the comprehensive immigration reform proposals being considered in Congress have widespread support in these key Republican districts.E-Verify: 80% support; 13% opposeDream Act: 78% support; 16% opposeEarned pathway to citizenship for undocumented: 71% support; 21% opposeIncreasing fines for employers who hire 72% support; 23% opposeUndocumented immigrants:Increasing border patrol and border fencing: 67% support; 24% opposeIncreasing high tech legal immigration: 62% support; 30% oppose• The combination of enhanced border security and pathway to citizenship represents a consensus position.When presented with three options regarding the interconnection between border security to prevent future illegal immigration and citizenship for those who are presently in the country and undocumented, the following responses were found:17% oppose a pathway to citizenship under all circumstances;26% favor a pathway to citizenship even without any increase in border security;50% favor a pathway to citizenship if it also includes substantially increased border security.76% favor a pathway to citizenship, with or without enhanced border security.• The partisan composition of these 20 districts favors Republicans.By party registration/affiliation, respondents in this survey were 39% Republican, 35% Democratic, and 23% Independent. The generic party preference for Congress was +6.7 points Republican.