Republicans face a very simple dilemma on immigration: Either they embrace reform, or they are inescapably the party of maximum deportations.
GOP Rep. Bob Goodlatte had an interview with a reporter at Univision.
Ramos repeatedly pressed Goodlatte to explain why it is that House Republicans refuse to act on immigration reform. Goodlatte repeatedly claimed the problem is that Republicans can’t trust Obama to enforce the law, as evidenced by the fact that deportations from the interior have dropped. Goodlatte explicitly said the problem is that only people convicted of serious crimes are getting deported from the interior.
Ramos then pressed Goodlatte on whether this means Republicans want to see more deportations from the interior. Goodlatte — who as chair of the House Judiciary Committee is a key player on immigration — refused to answer directly:
JORGE RAMOS: So your point is that you want more people to be deported?
BG: My point is that I want the President to enforce the law, and that way Congress will feel the pressure to reach a resolution to deal with the people who are lawfully here, who have been law abiding citizens.
The Senator answers the question directly. The law should be enforced. He is not focused on immigrants… he is focused on the law. The newspaper tells it differently.
This is how Republicans have boxed themselves in on this issue: They’ve defined “enforcing the law” as maximizing deportations from the interior, no matter who gets removed.
It’s not Republicans boxing themselves in – it’s the Washington Post misrepresenting the Senator’s answer. I want the laws to be adhered to in this country. I am not anti-immigrant – but follow the law. That’s all.