Email #276: “Let’s do it fast”?

For once we have a bipartisan reason to compliment the President on his use of Twitter. On Thursday the President tweeted:

“For all of those (DACA) that are concerned about your status during the 6 month period, you have nothing to worry about — No action!”

House Democrat leader, Rep. Pelosi, had requested the President to ease the fears of young undocumented immigrants currently protected by DACA. She said afterwards: “This is what I asked the president to do and, boom boom boom, the tweet appeared.”

Pelosi also reported the President’s desire for Congress to act quickly in replacing DACA with similar legislation: “He said, ‘I want to sign it. Let’s do it fast. Let’s do it soon. And I said, ‘All the better. We don’t want to take six months, and we don’t even want to take three months.’”

As chair of the House Judiciary Committee, which oversees immigration policy in the House, you are responsible for that fast action. Fortunately, you have legislation ready and waiting in your own Committee. Your fellow Republican, Rep. Coffman, introduced the Bridge Act in January. The bill would extend DACA’s protections for three years.

You of course could have brought the bill forward for a Committee vote and moved it to the House floor at any time in the last eight months. I assume you were waiting for President Trump to indicate his preference on the issue—which he now has. He wants DACA replacement legislation passed quickly.

Will you therefore bring the Bridge Act forward for an immediate vote?

Author: Chris Gavaler

Chris Gavaler is an associate professor at W&L University, comics editor of Shenandoah, and series editor of Bloomsbury Critical Guides in Comics Studies. He has published two novels: School for Tricksters (SMU 2011) and Pretend I’m Not Here (HarperCollins 2002); and six books of scholarship: On the Origin of Superheroes (Iowa 2015), Superhero Comics (Bloomsbury 2017), Superhero Thought Experiments (with Nathaniel Goldberg, Iowa 2019), Revising Fiction, Fact, and Faith (with Nathaniel Goldberg, Routledge 2020), Creating Comics (with Leigh Ann Beavers, Bloomsbury 2021), and The Comics Form (Bloomsbury forthcoming). His visual work appears in Ilanot Review, North American Review, Aquifer, and other journals.

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