Dem Strategist: White House Shouldn't Revert to Deportation

Tuesday, 08 Jul 2014 06:12 PM

By Courtney Coren

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Democratic strategist David Goodfriend, who served as Deputy Staff Secretary to former President Bill Clinton, says that the White House should not revert to deportation to solve the current immigration crisis.

"What I fault the White House for is for once again reverting to deportation as the answer," Goodfriend told Ed Berliner on "MidPoint" on Newsmax TV on Tuesday.

"I don't think that's been proven effective, and what we ought to be doing is focusing on an overall reform of our immigration system," he explained.

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Goodfriend would like to see the immigration measure passed in the Senate brought before the House for a vote. 

"The Senate passed a bipartisan . . . immigration reform bill that the House leadership won't even bring up for a vote," he said.

"That's the frustration we Democrats feel," the former Clinton staffer said.

"Yes, there's a problem let's all acknowledge that," he added. "There's been a real proposal that Republicans and Democrats support in the Senate. Why won't the House leadership bring it up for a vote? Just one vote."

Goodfriend believes that the immigration crisis will have "an impact on the midterms," but he also contends he's not quite sure what the impact will be because "nobody looks good."

The Democratic strategist said that the best tactical move President Barack Obama could make to get Republicans on board with immigration reform is to court business.

"Business in this country supports immigration reform," Goodfriend explained. "When I say business I mean the agri-business sector, the technology sector which seeks more H1B visas and skilled workers from other countries.

"If we can actually get the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the business community with deep ties to the Republican Party to push more for a bipartisan approach to immigration reform, that would do the trick."

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