LatinaLista — Since news spread of Dobbs’ resignation from CNN, Latina Lista has received our fair share of comments and e-mails railing against Dobbs’ departure. Each of the commenters see the situation as unjust and forcing a man out of his job for “telling the truth.”
What they fail to see is that Dobbs’ version of the truth was often so distorted that fellow journalists trying to do objective stories on him couldn’t even verify his version of the truth when it came to undocumented immigrants and illegal immigration.
But that’s already the past and it’s time to take a new look at how other groups distort or use the issue of illegal immigration to further their own agenda. After all, how can we as a nation attempt to arrive at a bipartisan compromise if distortion of facts, from either side, are allowed to pass as the truth?
One would expect to look at the usual suspects who excel at fanning the flames of public outrage when it comes to undocumented immigrants — like NumbersUSA, Center for Immigration Studies or Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) — but a recent article that appeared in Roll Call shows that we don’t have to look any farther than the GOP.
According to the article, Republican House members were outraged with their leadership for not opting to use a procedural motion to force a vote to bar undocumented immigrants from buying health insurance.
If such a motion had been attached to the healthcare bill, it was already known that about 20 members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus would have voted against the healthcare bill and given the Republicans the victory they wanted.
In interview after interview, Republican congressmen or their aides went on the record saying that all they had to do was attach “illegal immigrants” to the healthcare bill and they could bring it down.
“If we had done that right, the bill would have been extremely unlikely [to pass], if we’d brought up the illegal immigration motion to recommit,” said Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), ranking member on the Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security and International Law. “That would have been the coup de grace. It would have killed the bill.”
One aide to a conservative Republican called the move “a wasted opportunity” because the GOP would have hugely benefitted from agitating Democratic divisions on immigration…”Whoever thought this was a good motion to recommit is a freaking moron, and we will be in the minority forever because of stuff like this,” the aide said. “They are fools, pure and simple. … Our leadership dropped the ball.”
One reason that the GOP leadership may not have used their “illegal immigration” card was not wanting to widen the gulf within their own membership. It’s reported that some Hispanic Republicans would not have voted in favor of a healthcare bill that limited the rights of undocumented immigrants from buying their own insurance.
Whatever the reason, if Republicans continue this course of action against the issue of illegal immigration, it’s clear that their intent is not to find a solution to the problem that exists but exacerbate it to the point that the American public won’t know what’s the truth and what’s the GOP party line on the issue.