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Paul Ryan is right on immigration policy, but what about the politics?

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John W. Eyster
Saturday, August 3, 2013

I read with special interest the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's editorial agreeing with Rep. Paul Ryan's stance on IMMIGRATION POLICY, but expressing concern as to whether he will be able to manage the POLITICS in the House to accomplish REAL IMMIGRATION REFORM. As the editorial concluded, “Ryan is right on the policy. Let's hope he's also right about the politics.”

I urge you to read the Journal Sentinel's editorial, “Paul Ryan is right on immigration policy.” 

I believe that the optimal process would be for our House of Represntatives to pass the US Senate's IMMIGRATION BILL as urged by the Milwaukee Journal Senitnel editorial published June 1, 2013. Unfortunately GOP politics creates a barrier to that best process! You may want to read the Journal-Sentinel's editorial to gain information and perspective as to WHY they urged the HOUSE to PASS the SENATE's IMMIGRATION REFORM BILL, “Senate bill deserves House passage.” I agree. What do YOU think?

The editorial notes that Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) is among those who has called the bill a form of amnesty. The editorial proceeds to cite statements by Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) arguing that it is NOT a form of amnesty. The key issue is whether enough GOP REPS in the HOUSE can be persuaded to agree with Rep. Ryan and Rubio so that REAL IMMIGRATION REFORM is passed by the House.

The editorial reviews the the piecemeal approach which Rep. Ryan is now designing with the GOAL of SOME REFORM. I am much concerned that while some of the conservatives will go for bills which increase SECURITY both ON THE BORDER and DOMESTICALLY, they will NOT proceed to pass bills which provide for NEEDED & HEALTHY REFORM, including a process by which undocumented immigrants are “legalized” with citizenship.

Ryan told a Racine meeting that his intent "is to bring about five or six bills…to fix these problems in our immigration laws one step at a time in a comprehensive way….”

Ryan said, "We're going to vote on a border security bill, we're going to vote on an interior enforcement bill, like the workplace verification and the visa tracking. We're going to vote on a legal immigration bill for visas, for agricultural workers, for skilled workers. We're going to vote on a bill to legalize people who are undocumented." He reported that votes on the bills could come in October.

The editorial concludes, “If those votes actually happen—and they should—and if Ryan can bring along enough Republicans, he may be able to broker a deal. That's our hope. This nation needs a comprehensive solution that helps employers and immigrant families who have been waiting for years for a compassionate, sensible policy.

“Ryan is right on the policy. Let's hope he's also right about the politics.” I AGREE! We do NEED REAL IMMIGRATION REFORM including a process by which undocumented immigrants are able to become US CITIZENS! What do YOU think?

Here we go…

John W. Eyster lives in the Edgerton area. He is an adjunct professor assigned with the online/distance education faculty of Viterbo University, LaCrosse. He continues his personal mission supporting democracy/civics education in Wisconsin K-12 schools through Project Citizen, We the People, Discovering Democracy (Milton HS). John is a community blogger and is not a part of The Gazette staff or management.

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