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GOP obstructing immigration progress

The GOP certainly is not on the side of America’s working families — both native born and not — who are looking for immigration solutions to protect their communities.

The GOP isn’t on the side of taxpayers who are watching billions of their tax dollars wasted on failed “enforcement” policies that only serve to push workers further underground.

The GOP isn’t on the side of small-business owners who follow the law only to see that law skirted by opportunistic employers that exploit immigrants and drive down standards for workers.

The GOP isn’t on the side of working people who need the economic benefits including wage improvements that would come from comprehensive reform.

Instead, the Republican Party has repeatedly chosen cynicism over progress; political grandstanding over smart policy. They have proposed senseless laws like Arizona’s S.B. 1070 that fan the flames of hate and fear, but fail to fix our serious immigration problems. The future they propose of a 50-state patchwork of ineffective immigration laws is unreasonable, unworkable and fundamentally un-American.

The only way we can deliver the immigration solutions that a vast majority of Americans support is if Republicans stop obstructing. They got elected to deal with tough problems; not test the political winds of political expediency. It’s time for Republicans to get out of their political sandbox, stand up and lead.


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