Vote on immigration-reform needed

 

Re Helen Aguirre Ferre’s Dec. 15 Other Views column, Using kids to harass GOP won’t change hearts, votes: She is right about one thing: Using children to change the hearts and votes of Republicans in Congress hasn’t seemed to work so far, at least on the gun-control issue.

But to suggest that House Speaker John Boehner and Rep. Eric Cantor support immigration reform is laughable. Boehner doesn’t have the intestinal fortitude to bring the Senate-passed reform bill to a vote, the bill that Sen. Marco Rubio once supported and now opposes.

The GOP trumpets that if the government would just enforce existing laws, that the immigration problem would take care of itself. The president is enforcing the law. Rather than Rep. Luis Gutierrez seeking special status for deportees and Ferre chiding the president for enforcement of the law, they should marshal efforts to get the tea-party-fearing members of the House to press for a vote that would pass on first reading.

Jim Crowder, Miami

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