August 17, 2017

Immigration Reform via Hillary?

According to an article in Time magazine by former U.S. Representative from New York, Robert Garcia, titled “Hillary Clinton Holds the Key to Immigration Reform“, that she might have a tough time trying to deliver on immigration reform promises she made during her campaign.

Unfortunately, getting support for an immigration reform bill will be particularly difficult in the hostile atmosphere created by Trump. It took us several years in the 1980’s to come together and pass a bill that attempted to address that generation’s immigration issues. As a participant in those debates, it was clear to me then, and it is just as clear now, that this must be a bipartisan effort.

But Mr. Garcia notes that she has the experience to work toward a positive result:

The good news is Clinton has proven she understands how to work with the other side of the aisle. Her bottom line is to come together to find common ground while never forgetting that immigration reform is not an abstraction. It is about people, their future, and our future as a nation.

Immigration Reform Robert Garcia

It all went OK until the Wedtech scandal.

According to Wikipedia, the author of the Time article, the 7 term House Rep Mr. Garcia, had a long political career, but one that ended in scandal:

Garcia was elected on the Republican and Liberal tickets on February 14, 1978, to the 95th United States Congress, to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Herman Badillo,[2] and took his seat on February 21, 1978, as a Democrat.

He was re-elected to the 96th, 97th, 98th, 99th, 100th and 101st United States Congresses, remaining in Congress until January 7, 1990, when he was forced to resign as a result of his involvement in the Wedtech scandal