Pelosi Backtracks on Comprehensive Immigration Reform

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Via Duke at the Sanctuary, Speaker Pelosi talks about Dem plans for immigration reform after the election.

Pelosi also said Congress would have to tackle the politically sticky job of overhauling immigration laws in the new Congress, after a bipartisan measure collapsed last year.

The estimated 12 million immigrants in the U.S. illegally "are part of the U.S. economy. We cannot send them all home, and we cannot send them all to jail, so we have to address it," Pelosi said.

Any solution would have to be bipartisan, she said, so it may require sacrificing some of Democrats' past priorities, such as giving illegal immigrants a path to citizenship.

"Maybe there never is a path to citizenship if you came here illegally," Pelosi said. "I would hope that there could be, but maybe there isn't."
This is unacceptable.

Duke has more at Migra Matters:

While stating that " We cannot send them all home, and we cannot send them all to jail, so we have to address it", she goes on to say that full legalization could be off the table.

This leads one to speculate as to exactly what kind of status Ms. Pelosi has in mind for these 12 million souls.

If they are in fact not to be put on a path to citizenship, yet not sent home, it's safe to assume Ms Pelosi intends that they stay here in with some sort of "other" status. That of perhaps guest workers who never need return home, yet never become full members of society.

There are words for that class of person ...a permanent under class, Braceros, indentured servants.

This is not the deal the Democrats made with this constituency.
And "this constituency" includes me, a "non-Hispanic white," as they say. It includes much of my multiracial family. It includes many of my multiracial friends and coworkers.

I for one am not going to sit back and quietly give the Democratic Party a pass on immigrant rights. Nancy Pelosi--and the party more broadly--needs to understand that we will make noise about this. If they believe they can sell immigrant communities down the river AGAIN next year, we will show them otherwise.

If they thought we've been tough on the GOP, they haven't seen anything yet. The thing is, we didn't expect the Bush administration to listen to us. They have ignored us for the last 8 years; we grew accustomed to it.

We don't like being ignored by the people many of us plan to vote for. I, at least, plan to let them know.

(And since when do politicians start breaking promises before the election? Duke is right: WTF?)

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