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Constitution Day shows partisan divide

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Even the commemoration of Constitution Day, the anniversary of the signing of the Constitution, exposes the hyperpartisan divide in Congress.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., tweeted a Constitution Day message and then another recalling Citizenship Day (the name by which the anniversary of the signing was previously marked).

First, she called for Americans to "reaffirm our commitment to uphold our nation's most basic rights as we work to build a more perfect union." That Constitution Day message was followed by a tweet promoting her preferred comprehensive immigration reform (#CIR) legislation.

"On #CitizenshipDay we celebrate courage & idealism of those who come to America for a chance at a brighter future," she tweeted. "The #TimeIsNow for #CIR."

House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., has the task of shepherding immigration legislation through committee. The conclusion of his Constitution Day message struck a very different note:

"This year on Constitution Day, we are concerned whether the president is adhering to his constitutional duty of ‘faithfully executing the laws’ in light of laws he has circumvented or refused to enforce," Goodlatte said.

"As Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee that has jurisdiction over issues pertaining to the U.S. Constitution, I am pleased to announce a constitution hearing in coming weeks on this topic.”

Goodlatte co-sponsored a bill that would block Obama's decision not to enforce immigration laws for immigrants who would have qualified for the DREAM Act had it passed into law.

"If we want to avoid the mistakes of the past, we cannot allow the president to continue turning-off federal immigration enforcement efforts unilaterally," he said in a June 6, 2013, statement.

The Judiciary Committee chairman is working on a bill to allow children brought into the country illegally by their parents to become legal residents.

"These children came here through no fault of their own, and many of them know no other home than the United States," Goodlatte said. "This is one component of immigration reform --- any successful reform plan must improve our legal immigration programs, strengthen border security and the interior enforcement of our immigration laws, and find a way to fairly deal with those who are currently in the country unlawfully."

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