Women and Mexican American / Latino voters will remember Thanksgiving 2013 as one where Speaker John Boehner enjoyed a hearty meal while immigration activists fasted over the Holiday. We have the votes but Boehner will not put the broken immigration system topic on the floor this year. Ohio competitive districts will feel the consequences this year and activists are already organizing to help oust the do nothing GOPers in the key Presidential state of Ohio with regard to Districts run by Reps. Bill Johnson and Dave Joyce.
Speaker John Boehner is not only distasteful, he is shameful with his Thanksgiving infomercial claiming his appreciation for the ag industry. Yet in his own backyard, the Ohio Farm Bureau is pleading for fixing the broken immigration system. Rep. Nancy Pelosi stated we have the votes to pass CIR in the House of Reps, but Rep. John Boehner is blocking a vote from happening. Instead, he took a 10 day Thanksgiving break and he is responsible for scheduling Washington DC House of Reps to work only 8 days in December after working only 2 weeks in November 2013. American taxpayers are paying these Congressional Tea Party fools over 75 million dollars per year for their six-figure per year incomes to give themselves extended Holiday breaks while farmers and Americans suffer.
On 11-7-2013, the Ohio Farm Bureau wrote:
Short Handed: Inaction on immigration reform hampers Ohio farms
“We have a choice in this country,” said the Huron County Farm Bureau member. “We’re either going to have to import workers or we’re going to have to import food.”
It’s a claim that has received its fair share of skepticism.
Certainly there can’t be a labor shortage in a county with an 11 percent unemployment rate. Can there?
They Walked Away
In Buurma’s words, he’s tried everything to hire local people.
“They go out there and they don’t last an hour,” he said. “Even though they’re making good money.”
His workers typically earn between $11 to $15 per hour. The best pickers have pulled in more than $1,000 for a week’s labor. FULL STORY>>>
Boehner has the audacity to invoke the agricultural farm worker card over the Thanksgiving 2013 holiday, and evidently he didn’t get the memo with regard to indigenous Mexican immigrants working those farms. More importantly, BOWMAN, Kenneth who co-founded Bowman and Landes Turkey Farm in Ohio was a leader in several poultry industry associations, Farm Bureau and more.
No Immigration Vote in 2013 Spells Trouble for the GOP in 2014 regarding rising Hispanic voters.
To the Hispanic / Women voters: When you see this video….turn your hurt and depression into working righteous anger. Convert that energy and continue to be a voice for the voiceless ones who can’t vote and defend themselves. But those of us who can vote — should and will. We need to come out in record numbers in 2014 and vote the tea party out if they do not pass immigration in 2013. They are a do nothing House of Representative Congress made up of extremist tea party bigots.
We have also criticized Speaker John Boehner, too, of Ohio but where is the Ohio GOP leadership? What good does it do the Ohio GOP when Matt Borges and Kay Reynolds turn a blind eye to a key opportunity to retain seats in their competitive districts? According to theWashington Post, history has shown that no Republican has ever been elected to the White House without Ohio.
The Ohio GOP will be on the hook, too, in light of their lack of leadership in supporting and encouraging Speaker Boehner to support immigration reform this year. If Boehner and the Ohio GOP do not create a public sense of urgency, this could cost a couple of their competitive districts via OH-6 and OH-14, because we will remind women, Hispanic and independent voters how the current immigration system is rated as “very important” by 70% of voters in these Ohio districts, yet, Boehner did not think it was important to him.
How will the Ohio GOP leadership explain to the voters how one of their own via Speaker Boeher could have solved a broken immigration system in 2013 but chose not to?
Looks like the Ohio GOP needs to look at a recent November 2013 memo provided by the Basswood Research regarding NATIONAL GENERAL ELECTION POLL ON IMMIGRATION ISSUES IN REPUBLICAN-HELD COMPETITIVE CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTS.
According to the research findings, inaction by GOP in swing districts will more than likely cost them their seats. Since its founding in 2001,Basswood Research has conducted survey research in every state and in hundreds of congressional districts and local communities. Its founder and principal, Jon Lerner, has been recognized by Roll Call, National Journal, the Washington Post and others as one of the leading Republican pollsters in the nation. Basswood has helped elect more than two dozen U.S. Senators, Members of Congress, and Governors, including leading conservatives such as Senators Tom Coburn, Pat Toomey, and Tim Scott. It has served as pollster for leading conservative advocacy groups such as the Club for Growth. And it has conducted surveys for the national Republican Party committees at the RGA, the NRSC, and the NRCC.
Here is what the memo states:
On November 2-3, 2013, Basswood Research conducted a survey of likely general election voters in 20 congressional districts. These districts are widely viewed as the 20 most competitive ones currently held by Republican incumbents. The districts surveyed were: CA-10, CA-21, CO-6, FL-2, FL-10, IA-3, IL-13, IN-2, MI-1, MI-7, MI-11, MN-2, NE-2, NV-3, NY-11, NY-19, NY-23, OH-6, OH-14, PA-8. The survey was conducted by live professional interviewers by telephone. The overall sample size was 1000, with a margin of error of +/- 3.1%, at a 95% confidence interval. Each district contributed 50 interviews to the sample; as such, data in individual districts is much less reliable.
• Voters in key Republican districts are highly dissatisfied with political leadership in Washington across-the-board.
President Obama’s job approval rating is poor, with 41% approving and 58% disapproving. “Democrats in Congress” fare even worse, with 34% approving, and 63% disapproving. But it is “Republicans in Congress” who are in the worst shape in these Republican districts, with 27% approving and 70% disapproving of their job performance.
• Voters in key Republican districts want action on immigration reform.
Fixing the current immigration system is rated as “very important” by 70% of voters in these districts. An additional 23% rate action on immigration reform as “somewhat important.” Only 5% rate immigration reform as either “not very important” or “not at all important.”
• Voters prefer an imperfect immigration solution to no solution.
When given a choice between leaving the current immigration system the way it is, and “passing new laws that are not perfect, but do attempt to fix the serious flaws in the current system,” voters choose imperfect solutions over the status quo by a massive 77%-15% margin. That includes 67% of voters who consider themselves “very conservative,” and 72% of registered or affiliated Republicans.
The major elements of the comprehensive immigration reform proposals being considered in Congress have widespread support in these key Republican districts.
E-Verify: 80% support; 13% oppose
Dream Act: 78% support; 16% oppose
Earned pathway to citizenship for undocumented: 71% support; 21% oppose
Increasing fines for employers who hire 72% support; 23% oppose
Increasing border patrol and border fencing: 67% support; 24% oppose
Increasing high tech legal immigration: 62% support; 30% oppose
• The combination of enhanced border security and pathway to citizenship represents a consensus position.
When presented with three options regarding the interconnection between border security to prevent future illegal immigration and citizenship for those who are presently in the country and undocumented, the following responses were found:
17% oppose a pathway to citizenship under all circumstances;
26% favor a pathway to citizenship even without any increase in border security;
50% favor a pathway to citizenship if it also includes substantially increased border security.
76% favor a pathway to citizenship, with or without enhanced border security.
• The partisan composition of these 20 districts favors Republicans.
By party registration/affiliation, respondents in this survey were 39% Republican, 35% Democratic, and 23% Independent. The generic party preference for Congress was +6.7 points Republican.
What does this mean for Mexican American Hispanic Voters and the Latino Community?
It could mean Republicans in the House of Representatives will lose their power and majority seats in 2014 possibly getting a sweeter deal with a combined Democratic-controlled House and Senate.