House GOP to DREAMers: You’re Not Welcome

From the Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The GOP-controlled House has voted to reject President Barack Obama’s policy to end deportation of hundreds of thousands of immigrants in the country illegally who were brought to the United States as children. [...]

Obama announced a program in June 2012 that puts off deportation for many people brought here as children. Applicants for the reprieve must have arrived before they turned 16, be younger than 31 now, be high school graduates or in school, or have served in the military. They can’t have a serious criminal record.

It seems like only yesterday (because it was) that Larry Pratt was raging about immigrants coming to this country who don’t even have a high school education, but evidently House Republicans don’t want you here even if you are educated.

And that’s because it really has nothing to do with education. At least not in a direct sense. Their xenophobic impulses tell them that, if you have brown skin, you’re probably less intelligent than they are.

Democrats voted against the measure in a party-line vote of 224 to 201.

The Republican outreach effort continues.

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  • muselet

    It’s almost as if the GOP thinks getting twenty-something percent of the Latino vote in 2012 is a mark of shame and wants to get that number into single digits.

    –alopecia

  • notoriousbob

    “Democrats voted against the measure…” typo?

    • JMAshby

      No, no they voted against the Republican proposal to reject the president’s plans.

  • mrbrink

    Thing is, too, is that Republicans have all been stalling and delaying and acting as though they’re so sincere about passing comprehensive immigration reform, but when it came time to shit or get off the pot, Republicans countered by saying a comprehensive plan is oh, so complicated, and hard– with Republicans like Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte saying that a ‘piecemeal plan’, or a “step-by-step approach” would be better for everyone in the absence of the Republican party’s willingness to pass a comprehensive plan. Well, you can pretty much call bullshit on that, too. It’s 2nd and 3rd class status and sharks with laser beams on the border and nothing else!

    Republicans aren’t negotiating the lives of millions of people in good faith and it’s now self evident. They have the most ridiculously overt tells at the poker table.

  • KABoink_after_wingnut_hacker

    Despite the right wing’s extensive media network, their billion dollar donors and evangelical pitchmen in every southern church, republicans have a shrinking base of old white bigots who are terrified of the shifting demographics in this country.
    The GOP is afraid of more people gaining access to voting booths and know if their efforts in voter disenfranchisement fail, they’ll go the way of the Whigs faster than you can say dinosaur.

    • Christopher Foxx

      they’ll go the way of the Whigs faster than you can say dinosaur.

      Actually, they’ll probably be able to stall if for a while yet. They’re going to linger and have influence for far longer than they should. But it is inevitable that they will fade away.

    • D_C_Wilson

      Nah, thanks to gerrymandering, they’re going to have a disproportional influence on the political process for another 20 years at least.

  • Christopher Foxx

    Their xenophobic impulses tell them that, if you have brown skin, you’re probably less intelligent than they are.

    On the contrary, I think they’re actually worried that, if you have brown skin, you’re probably more intelligent than they are. Which is why you have to go.