During our discussion about immigration on Kentucky Tonight yesterday, I asked the panel if they thought the U.S. House of Representatives would vote on the reform bill currently before them. The Senate passed the legislation on June 27 by a vote of 68-32. One of our guests, Jessamine County Attorney Brian Goettl, said the measure might have a tough time in the Republican-controlled House because of doubts some representatives have about Obamacare.
The popular Washington, D.C., newspaper The Hill had a piece this morning that sounded a similar theme. The Hill’s Pete Kasperowicz blogged that some House Republicans don’t believe President Obama will fulfill the border enforcement provisions of the immigration bill. Since the administration recently decided to delay a key part of the Affordable Care Act requiring businesses to provide health insurance for their employees, Republicans say Obama could also select which parts of the immigration bill to enforce.
The Hill reported portions of a speech by Rep. John Fleming (R-La.) on the House floor last night:
“One of the biggest fears we have about the Senate amnesty bill… is we can’t trust the president… Whatever we pass into law, we know he’s going to cherry-pick. How do we know that? The Defense of Marriage Act; he refused to defend that to the courts. Appointees to the NLRB; he did that when, of course, the Senate was not actually in session. ObamaCare; he’s picking and choosing the parts of the law that he wants to implement.”
Notice Fleming’s use of the term “amnesty” to describe what many proponents of the Senate-passed immigration measure prefer to call a “pathway to citizenship” or “legalization” for this country’s 11 million undocumented workers.
That idea was central to our discussion on Kentucky Tonight. Luis Pozzolo, an American citizen who emigrated from Uruguay 10 years ago, and who leads a group called America for Lawful Immigration Solutions Today, began the conversation by telling us the distinction he sees between the two concepts:
You can watch the full program here.
By the way, if you’re in Lexington tonight, stop by Joseph-Beth Booksellers for a conversation about the new book, “The Recovering Politician’s Twelve Step Program to Survive Crisis.” I’m hosting a discussion with the book’s editor, former Kentucky State Treasurer Jonathan Miller, and one of the book’s contributors, former Kentucky Secretary of State John Y. Brown III. The event starts at 7 p.m. and I hope to see you there.