Democratic California Congressman Xavier Becerra.
The legalization of the 11 million undocumented unleashes a bitter war of words in Congress.
A Hispanic Democratic Congressman said on the show Al Punto, Univision Network in the House of Representatives there are enough votes to pass immigration reform, but Republicans do not want to take it to the vote in plenary.
“We have 200 Democrats who are ready to vote in favor of reform (immigration), the legislator Xavier Becerra (Calif.) said.”And I think there are enough Republicans who join us to meet.”
Becerra statements occur shortly after the Republican Raul Labrador (Idaho) also said in Al Punto that immigration reform was “dead” and will not be discussed and voted in 2014.
Becerra said in the House of Representatives there are 435 legislators and Labrador’s opinion represented only one vote. “We have many more (votes) (…) The issue is not whether or not the reform dead, (the issue) is whether Republicans have control of the House will allow a vote.”
In late June, when the Senate passed the bill S. 744 which includes citizenship for undocumented immigrants, warned that the Republican leadership would not discuss the project, and discuss your own than you would by pieces.
In October the Democrats delivered the HR 15 plan based on the plan of the Senate with amendment controversial changes in security. The project also includes citizenship for millions of undocumented immigrants.
Seven months later, in late January, the Republicans gave a list of principles which reiterated its rejection of a plan as the Senate opposed to a direct path to citizenship a hard road but offer legalization.
The document has rekindled hope in a debate in the course of 2014, but a week later the president of the House of Representatives, John Boehner (Ohio), said he doubts that the reform is debated in 2014.
Shortly after Labrador noted that the discussion was dead and could be taken up in 2015, after the mid-term elections on Tuesday 4 November, when Americans renew the House of Representatives and one-third of the Senate.
Republicans say they can gain control of both houses and impose its model of immigration reform.
Becerra does not share what was said by Labrador. He notes that “we are more than ever cerquita meet (the approval of a bill). We have the votes in the House (only) if the Republicans get the bill for a vote. ”
The scenario is complex. Becerra suggests that Republicans put immigration reform within the priorities of the nation and let partisan politics aside. Republicans say they do not trust President Obama meets with the law and therefore not to be taken to the full guarantees.
“They are trying to tell us that it is the fault of the President, when we know that they are the ones who cannot move forward,” Becerra said.
Becerra also said that the Senate has already fulfilled his part and now it is the turn to the House of Representatives.
The project includes 15 HR citizenship for undocumented immigrants who are in the United States since before December 31, 2011 and have no criminal record.
The list of Republican principles recommended citizenship for some dreamers and legalization for undocumented immigrants who have no criminal record, pay taxes, speak English and to pay substantial fines.
Congressional Republicans say those who qualify, once grab residence after a long wait, and may apply for citizenship under existing laws.
When asked if he will ask the President to issue executive orders with benefits for undocumented immigrants in case Congress does not pass immigration reform, such as to stop the deportations, Becerra said that while the president has the authority, as did with the dreamers, “no he cannot enforce the laws. He is the Executive. He has a duty to enforce every law that Congress passes. So, tell not put into force the law of deportation, is not telling what gave you obey Congress. ”
During Obama’s first administration (2009-2012) the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) deported an average of 400 thousand undocumented by four successive record breaking years. In 2013 the number reached 368.644 expelled an average of 1,000 a day.
Becerra said he agreed that “it will be a lot of pressure” on the president if reform is not passed and deportations continue. “But why is the pressure it put the President if the blame lies with those who want to reform the laws that cause the President is to be deported,” he asked.
“That’s the thing. We have in our hands the power to change the law of deportation. But Republicans say they will not allow us a vote. I did not tell the Republicans to vote in favor. I just tell the Republicans who control the House: Give us a vote, “Becerra said.