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That was the case in Chicago on Tuesday, where a group calling itself the Illinois Business Immigration Coalition held a forum at the refined Chicago Club to tout the reasons why Congress needs to get off its collective duff and do something to address the issue.
ACTUALLY, IT’S JUST the House of Representatives that needs to do so. The Senate already has backed a bill meant to address the quirks and complications of current immigration policy. President Barack Obama has said he’ll sign it into law.
It is the leadership of the House Republicans who are preventing a bill from even being called. They don’t want it for ideological concerns – it goes against their principles that say these non-citizens are a criminal element who need to be removed at all costs!
Republicans who try to say otherwise wind up getting denounced within their own political party. That is the 21st Century partisan reality.
Which is why I have to look to the “other” hand of the Tuesday event. The “big” names in support of this issue were former House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert and former governors James R. Thompson and Jim Edgar.
THAT’S A LOT of “former” at the top of the issue. Admittedly, the Politico newspaper in Washington reported Tuesday that Reps. Aaron Schock and Adam Kinzinger also are in support, and made a video meant to be shown to the people who attended the forum.
But all the muscle at the top are people who are no longer in government. Which means they’re incapable of doing anything, except trying to talk to the current political generation.
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Which, in Illinois, tends to regard these individuals as being not quite so relevant.
Will their words wind up being regarded as the equivalent of some doddering old men who will also tell us how you could once buy a quality automobile for $2,000?
I’M NOT SURE this particular forum did anything to sway the opinions of anyone.
The co-founder of Crate and Barrel and the CEO of Caterpillar, Inc., were both also on hand for the event. Although their concerns for a more sensible immigration policy will wind up coming across as wanting more cheap labor.
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The ideologues of the GOP may well even disregard their thoughts – even though that grand old party always likes to think it’s still the electoral entity that takes the interests of business into account when making its political stands.
There was a time when having Edgar and Thompson, along the mighty “Mr. Speaker” of the House, would have been a power play that could have ensured the immigration reform battle had finally reached its time.
YET IN TODAY’S political climate, it may well be just evidence that the issue is going to get dragged out like so many others that come before a Congress that has a segment that believes doing nothing (on anything) is, in and of itself, a noble political stance.
Obstructionism prevails. And as for the gang at the Chicago Club – was anybody listening Tuesday afternoon?