2 Immigration Bills Introduced But Which Will Make it to Conference? Rep. Pelosi’s or Arizona Rep. Grijalva’s?by Dee Dee Garcia Blase on Oct. 31, 2013, under 2014 elections, chicano vote, Hispanic Latino Vote, Independent voter centrist moderate swing vote, Joaquin Luna DREAM Act, Legal Immigration Reform, veteran voters, Women Voters
Two Immigration bills have been introduced by Democratic House Representatives, but which one will make it to conference? Will Rep. Nancy Pelosi’s HR 15 or Arizona Rep. Raul Grijalva’s HR 3163 make it?
Rep. Pelosi of California is already receiving bipartisan Republican support with regard to H.R. 15 and has over 183 members supporting it. According to Open Congress, Rep. Raul Grijalva’s H.R. 3163 bill is only mustering up approximately 35 members.
Some members like Rep. Charles Rangel have supported both Grijalva’s bill as well as Rep. Nancy Pelosi’s bill and we believe Rep. Grijalva should support both immigration bills, too, and allow the best bill with the most support to win.
Mexican American Latinos are not wanting to repeat what occurred in 2010 when we saw some Democratic House Representatives break rank and not support the DREAM Act in 2010. We learned a cold hard lesson back then, and now we want to be proactive and whip Democrats into shape because we refuse for this issue to be used as a political wedge tool.
It is important to know the State of California is home to the largest Mexican American Latin population — one in four U.S. Hispanics are also Californians, and this may be why we are seeing Republican House of Representatives supporting Rep. Pelosi’s HR 15 bill. Pelosi is smart to work on Republicans in California because of the high Mexican American Latino population that exists. The California GOP understands this and they are more apt to put on their bipartisanship hat. Arizona still has a bit to go before we reach that political level since Republicans are making the mistake of not taking us seriously yet here.
Carlos Galindo is an Arizona radio show host who conducts a program in both Spanish and in English. He has the ear of 1000′s of immigrants, Mexican Americans and Chicanos and here is his initial reaction to Grijalva’s bill:
So far some of the points sound well intended, but you and I know that rep. Grijalva does not look at the things through the same lens we commoners do. He and other professional Washington politicians look at this as another rung that will help them climb that political ladder.
The provisions he has included are not any that will be implemented. He also calls for a Southern Border Security Task Force. How do we know who will be on that task force and how much they may impede accurate reporting regarding the security of our Southern border. The Jan Brewer’s that may comprise part of that commission will never concede to the fact that the border is in fact already more secure than it has ever been. I will keep reading.
I put in a phone call to Rep. Grijalva’s office today asking him to support both Pelosi’s bill as well as his own. The staffer told us we should receive a return phone call tomorrow with an update on whether or not Rep. Grijalva could support Pelosi’s H.R. 15 bill, too.
In the meantime, I sent him Rep. Grijalva’s office the below concerns in formal writing:
Mr. Ruben Reyes:
Thank you for taking my phone call with regard to Rep. Raul Grijalva and HR 15 — an immigration reform bill introduced by House Democrats and Rep. Nancy Pelosi. I have CC’ed Arizona immigration activist friends of mine who do not profit from activism and/or conflict.
We appreciate Grijalva’s immigration advocacy when he introduced his own immigration bill with Rep. Vela, but we are also asking Rep. Grijalva to compromise and support Pelosi’s bill, too. We are trying to be pragmatic to see which bill has the most Congressional support and so far it appears Pelosi’s HR 15 bill has more support and is now getting Republican support, too via Republican Rep. Jeff Denham. It is IMPERATIVE immigration reform receive bipartisanship. We cannot afford partisanship politics and we will no longer stand for the immigration issue to be used as a wedge issue. Even though I am not happy with some segments within this HR15 bill, I know that we must compromise in an effort to bring out those living in the shadows of society.
I am aware of more walls being built as part of the compromise to HR15, but until we see more Mexican American and/or Chicano legislators in US Congress, we will have to compromise somewhere. Let me be clear: I do not want to see Rep. Grijalva and Rep. Vela to be the only to Mexican American lawmakers who did not support a historic immigration bill. Many of us are growing tired of this issue and are not immigrants, but we are voters and we will try to be a voice for the voiceless via our votes.
I also want to caution you in working with environmental groups and those concerns with some who say “Mexicans are dirty” and are littering and destroying the border …. please remember, according to the New York Times, John Tanton is a notorious anti-immigrant crusader and environmentalist. The Tanton network did an effective job in hijacking the Republican Party and moderate conservatives using the Tea Party. We want to be certain the Tanton network does not do the same with hijacking Congressional Democrats “under the name of environmentalism.”
Please let me know by tomorrow morning if Rep. Grijalva will support Rep. Nancy Pelosi’s bill in addition to his own. We are looking for compromise. There should be no rules or limitations with regard to the number of bills Congressmen and women will support, and we hope he can support both CIR bills. May the best bill win with bipartisanship. I plan on writing in the Tucson Citizen with regard to what Democrats will/or will not support Pelosi’s HR 15 and need clarification from your office. Thanks again.
DeeDee Garcia Blase
Somos Independents [formerly The Tequila Party National Movement]