As we slowly creep towards the November elections, the Republicans are also sweeping issues under the rug until after the elections. Many Republican incumbents fear for their jobs and they're treading carefully on the issues that they handle. The current immigration issue is a staggering concern and recent polls show it to be a top priority but why are the Republicans waiting?
Simply put, they don't want to lose the Hispanic vote they have. They also don't want the Democrats to begin with the name-calling like 'bigot,' 'racist,' or the classic 'hate monger.' And finally, they don't want to disagree with each other. This issue is very decisive, even to the point where our 'Republican' president's opinions align more with the Democrats then Republicans.
The New York Slimes has a lengthy article on it and I've taken some excerpts:
"WASHINGTON, Sept. 4 - As they prepare for a critical pre-election legislative stretch, Congressional Republican leaders have all but abandoned a broad overhaul of immigration laws and instead will concentrate on national security issues they believe play to their political strength.
With Congress reconvening Tuesday after an August break, Republicans in the House and Senate say they will focus on Pentagon and domestic security spending bills, port security legislation and measures that would authorize the administration's terror surveillance program and create military tribunals to try terror suspects.
"We Republicans believe that we have no choice in the war against terror and the only way to do it is to continue to take them head-on whether it is in Iraq or elsewhere," said Representative John A. Boehner of Ohio, the majority leader.
A final decision on what do about immigration policy awaits a meeting this week of senior Republicans. But key lawmakers and aides who set the Congressional agenda say they now believe it would be politically risky to try to advance an immigration measure that would showcase party divisions and need to be completed in the 19 days Congress is scheduled to meet before breaking for the election.
President Bush had made comprehensive changes in immigration laws a priority, even making the issue the subject of a prime-time address, but House Republicans have been determined not to move ahead with any legislation that could be construed as amnesty for anyone who entered the country illegally. They held hearings around the country in recent weeks to contrast their enforcement-only bill with a Senate measure that could lead to citizenship for some."
All I have to say is this. These politicians need to stop acting like this is their jobs and they don't want to get fired. Their duty is to the American citizen and we've spoken. Fix the borders, remove the illegals, and don't let it happen again.