“Larger Government” Republican Senator Rob Portman Flip-flops on legal immigration reformby Dee Dee Garcia Blase on Jun. 27, 2013, under 2014 elections, 2016 Presidential Elections
Where did all the smaller government Republicans go?
Aren’t Republicans supposed to be against government intruding in the affairs of the small business person? Did you know e-verify imposes additional bureaucratic burdens on small business? What happened to the free market Republicans when it comes to the immigration reform bill when they know our Nation needs new tax payers that will add billions into our economy?
Why did Republican Junior Senator Rob Portman flip flop on his immigration stance?
David Leopold sheds more light:
Monday afternoon flight delays got the better of Sherrod Brown, Ohio’s Democratic senior senator, as the wrath of mother nature prevented him from getting to the Senate floor to vote on the bipartisan Corker-Hoeven Border Surge Amendment. It was the first crucial vote on the Senate immigration reform package, and provides billions of dollars in manpower and technology to secure America’s borders before any undocumented immigrant becomes eligible to apply for a green card.
But it was Rob Portman, Ohio’s Republican junior senator, who was missing in action. No, he wasn’t stuck at the airport with Senator Brown. He was in Washington and on the Senate floor. But he voted “No” on the bipartisan border security compromise, a measure so tough on illegal immigration even its chief sponsor, Senator Bob Corker (R-TN), described it as “almost overkill.”
What’s most disheartening about Portman’s vote is that he claims to actually support immigration reform. Last week a broad coalition of Ohioans, including business, Latino, African American, and Jewish leaders, met with Portman in Cleveland to implore him to support the Senate immigration bill. Not only will it add billions to the economy, but it will reduce the deficit and create millions of jobs for U.S. workers. More importantly, it’s the right thing to do for Ohio families who live under the constant threat of losing a loved one to arrest or deportation.
Portman has every reason to support the Senate bill. It was vetted by the Senate Judiciary Committee in a process that Charles Grassley (R-IA), one of its most ardent opponents, described as open and bipartisan. It toughens up interior immigration enforcement, increases penalties for employers who hire unauthorized workers, expands the criminal penalties for unlawful entry into the United States, and overhauls the legal immigration system. It’s a bill which has earned support across the political spectrum; from the AFL-CIO to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The bill creates a tough, yet reasonable, road to citizenship for 11 million aspiring Americans, including the thousands of promising youth known as DREAMERs; provides a well regulated temporary worker program (something that was not done in 1986 the last time Congress passed an immigration overhaul); renovates the badly dysfunctional visa system by cutting interminable immigration backlogs and beaconing the best and brightest to America’s shores, including Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math graduates; requires employers to use E-Verify, an electronic employment verification system, aimed at preventing unscrupulous employers from hiring unauthorized aliens.
Despite all this, Portman is refusing to vote for the bill unless he can add some technical changes to E-Verify. The bill already includes a robust and mandatory E-Verify system that will crack down on illegal hiring and, coupled with the bill’s other provisions, go a long way toward securing our “interior border” — i.e. the point of hire. FULL STORY>>>