The House of Representatives is scheduled to depart from Washington tonight, and perhaps they'll end up passing their own immigration bill dealing with the recent influx of tens of thousands of undocumented immigrants into Southwest Texas. Or not. Yesterday House Republicans (some with an assist from Ted Cruz) decided that none of their options were palatable. This is the part where we say this was not
a bill on immigration reform, which the Democrats have been pleading the Republicans to take up for the past year. No, this was for a $659 million bill that would speed deportation
of Central American children who have migrated to the States by changing a 2008 anti-trafficking law, prompting the Washington Post's
Chris Cillizza to write this morning
that "House Republicans simply cannot be led."
This has prompted some Republican-on-Republican hate, with Pennsylvania Representative Charlie Dent saying, "There are some people around here who go through all sorts of contortions figuring out how to say no."
The House is in session for one last day today, so perhaps they'll realize that for the sake of their own reputations before they return back to their districts that they should do something, anything, to deal with the recent humanitarian crisis on our southern border.
Lord knows it's what their base cares about. A Tea Party Patriots poll published by Breitbart News
yesterday shows that 34.6 percent of GOP voters say stopping the flow of undocumented immigration is their one priority. That's higher than stopping President Obama's "illegal overreach" with his executive powers (the reason the House is suing Obama), higher than repealing Obamacare, or the issues with the IRS or Benghazi.
Meanwhile in Ybor City last night, the group Reinces in Tampa held a half-hour rally to support the undocumented Central American children who have crossed the southern border in to the U.S. Don't believe the concerns about violence down there? Among the people present at the rally was a woman named Lurvin Lizardo from Honduras, who told CL (through a translator) that her brother, a taxi cab driver named Javier, was shot and killed by a gang in 2010 because he wouldn't get out of the taxi cab he was driving, prompting the gang member to shoot him dead instantly......
In other news..
Charlie Crist's running mate, Miami-Dade business woman and Democratic party chair Annette Taddeo
(hold the Goldstein), made her maiden solo trip to Tampa as a potential lieutenant governor nominee yesterday.
has replaced community member Anne Madden on the HART board. Expect to see more electeds take over the transit agency in the future.
And learn more about Tim Schock
, a 41-year-old private equity consultant who says there needs to be new fresh and Republican blood on the Hillsborough County Commission.