After a House Hispanic Caucus meeting at the White House with President Barack Obama, Orange County Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez today blasted her Republican colleagues for blocking immigration reform.
"The silly season is over," Sanchez said in a press statement after the meeting.
The president has been plotting immigration reform legislation strategy with allies this week while an apparent majority of Republicans in Congress try to figure out if their strategy of routinely offending Latinos might someday prove successful at the ballot box.
Sanchez said she voiced concerns of her constituents about family reunification and blamed Republican House members for employing delay tactics.
"There is a path forward, but partisan Congressional Republicans cannot continue to procrastinate, putting up unnecessary roadblocks and hoping that this issue will simply go away," said Orange County's senior Democrat in Washington. "Silly season is over. The time to pass comprehensive immigration is now."
Sanchez cites several studies that claim to show that immigration reform will boost the U.S. economy.
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"The benefits of action and the costs of the status quo are too high for us to sit on our hands," she said.
Costa Mesa's Dana Rohrabacher--Orange County's senior, career politician with the Three Stooges haircut and the Uncle Fester speaking cadence--says the last president who screwed up immigration was Ronald Reagan in 1986 and he's not willing to be so stupid.