In politics, it’s important not to look too far ahead. Things change quickly on the Hill, and what’s here today could be gone tomorrow.
But with that in mind, Barack Obama’s dream of amnesty and citizenship for the millions of people living here illegally is dead. The rule of law has triumphed, if only for a short while.
What makes me so confident? Well, I spoke with members of Congress who attended John Boehner’s Republican conference retreat and the ensuing discussion about immigration policy. They told me that, despite Boehner’s attempt to sway his fellow Republicans into voting for immigration reform, the Speaker of the House failed miserably.
Boehner has been working feverishly to keep the issue alive after facing constant pressure from the hotel, tech, construction, and restaurant industries. They all want to keep their low-wage workers and continue to fatten profits. You see, legalizing millions of illegal immigrants is a much cheaper prospect than raising wages to draw more workers.
And Boehner, ever the compliant politician, would like to keep the dollars that these industries contribute to Republican campaign funds.
But at the party conference, where Boehner planned to surrender to corporate interests, the Speaker instead faced an insurrection. The rank-and-file members of the GOP caucus were, by most accounts, against even the concept of immigration reform – by a ratio of more than three to one!
Eventually, as the discussion between members droned on, Boehner and his allies saw the writing on the wall. If they did bring an immigration vote to the floor, they’d split their party so deeply that Boehner would be in jeopardy of losing his job as House Speaker. And for Boehner, maintaining power has always been more important than any individual issue.
All told, it’s now extremely unlikely that Boehner will continue pushing for immigration reform this year.
Like Freddy Krueger, It Keeps Coming Back
However, this doesn’t mean that the issue is put to rest.
The potential savings are too great for the corporate titans to forget forever. They want the low-wage workers, and they’ll keep pushing.
Just look at Facebook’s (FB) FWD.us campaign. Billionaire Mark Zuckerberg is so desperate for low-wage workers that he’s taken the rhetoric to unhealthy levels, charging that opponents of immigration reform are tied to white supremacy groups and supporters of eugenics.
I guess when you can’t win the argument, it pays to spend millions disparaging your opponents.
At the same time, business interests are charging hard for increased immigration. Just think: Homes to house immigrants must be built. Autos, furniture, and food must be produced for the newcomers. There’s almost no end to the products that could be sold to America’s newest consumers.
Finally, because of the agreement between big business and liberal special interest groups, immigration reform is never far from passage. Between the desire to please the masters in big business and the political impact of giving millions of noncitizens the right to vote, the immigration issue is pretty much impossible to kill.
Because their corporate masters want millions of legal workers they can pay slave wages to, House Republicans are about to ignore the will of about two-thirds of their base and grant amnesty to millions of illegal aliens.
It was a sickening display during Tuesday’s State of the Union speech when House Republicans jumped to their feet en masse to applaud Obama’s call for an amnesty bill. There are now at least 84 Republicans who support an amnesty bill for illegals, meaning that with Democrat support, an amnesty bill is very likely to pass. You can read the rogues gallery here.
Conservative commentator Pat Buchanan warns that an immigration push will create a “Balkan war” in the Republican Party and that House Weeper John Boehner will lose his speakership over it. That, of course, will simply consign him and his tan to a lucrative seven-figure K Street career.
Conservative gadfly Ann Coulter gained a copy of an embargoed report by Phyllis Schlafly that shows how immigration is changing the country and will spell doom for the Republican Party, in addition to driving down wages and sending more Americans to the unemployment lines. The report shows immigrants have little in common economically, culturally or historically with Americans; that they overwhelming support big government social programs, gun control, affirmative action, gun registration and Obamacare; and that they have a negative view of free-market capitalism. In other words, they’re progressives.
But the Republican establishment doesn’t care, as long as their corporate masters are happy.
It’s past time that Americans who support the Republican Party understand the party’s elite give only lip service to small-government and conservative principals and that they are truly interested only in feathering their own nests and those of their sugar daddies.
CAMBRIDGE, Md. — House Republicans are proposing to overhaul immigration laws so undocumented immigrants can gain legalization if they meet certain requirements, and if the nation’s borders are certified as secure.
The document — a draft of which POLITICO obtained before it was circulated here to members of of the House Republican Conference — lays out no legislation, but rather broad principles to guide the process of writing it. Party leaders are expected to lay out these “standards for immigration reform” here at their annual retreat.
In a shift for the party, Republicans are blessing a pathway to legalization for those who came into the country illegally. It does stress, though, that undocumented immigrants will have to go through the current immigration system and learn about the United States. Criminals will not be eligible for legalization.
“These persons could live legally and without fear in the U.S., but only if they were willing to admit their culpability, pass rigorous background checks, pay significant fines and back taxes, develop proficiency in English and American civics, and be able to support themselves and their families (without access to public benefits),” according to a draft of the document.
The document also makes clear that the House will not negotiate with the Senate on its comprehensive immigration bill. In fact, GOP leadership has already begun laying out the differences between the House’s approach and the Senate’s bill.
“The problems in our immigration system must be solved through a step-by-step, common-sense approach that starts with securing our country’s borders, enforcing our laws, and implementing robust enforcement measures,” the document’s preamble reads.
The pathway outlined in the principles does not open up until the nation’s borders are secure. Securing America’s borders has long been a major issue for House Republicans — but how that can actually be accomplished was a major issue in passing the Senate measure.
“Finally, none of this can happen before specific enforcement triggers have been implemented to fulfill our promise to the American people that from here on, our immigration laws will indeed be enforced,” the document says.
Republicans discussed immigration reform at their retreat here on Thursday as they try to forge a path forward on the issue. Even discussing the idea of legalization is a major shift for House Republicans, many of whom have decried such a move as “amnesty.”
The document lays out policies beyond legalization. Republicans want to implement a “biometric” system to track those in the nation on a visa. The GOP wants to implement a “workable electronic employment verification system.” The document also calls for “an opportunity for legal residence and citizenship for those who were brought to this country as children through no fault of their own.”
The one-page principles has been one of the most hotly anticipated documents in recent memory.
“While these standards are certainly not everything we would agree with, they leave a real possibility that Democrats and Republicans, in both the House and Senate, can in some way come together and pass immigration reform that both sides can accept,” said Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), who has led the process in the Senate. “It is a long, hard road but the door is open.”
It is very easy to avert our eyes from the painful reality that is confronting us within the Republican Party. We would all love to cheer on a GOP victory in the midterm elections, win back the Senate, and live happily ever after. But as Republicans gear up for the week of amnesty, they have made it clear that the entire purpose of a Republican majority is to push the most important priority of the Democrat Party.
This is why we need to change the party in the primaries.
GOP leadership is now fully aware of our growing effort to elect Republicans who believe in the party platform, and according to the Wall Street Journal, they will time their amnesty bills accordingly:
“House leaders hope to bring legislation to the floor as early as April, the people close to the process said, after the deadline has passed in many states for challengers to file paperwork needed to run for Congress. Republican leaders hope that would diminish chances that a lawmaker’s support for immigration bills winds up sparking a primary-election fight.”
So this is what the party leaders think of the people who rebuilt the party since 2010 after it was destroyed during the Bush years.
There is only one obvious response to this malevolent attitude on the part of party leadership. If they want to pass amnesty after the primaries under the pretense that we will already be on the plantation, we must commit to withholding support from any amnesty supporter even in a general election.
For years, I’ve always felt that no matter how low the GOP has sunk it was still worth voting for any Republican in a general election. Whenever my dad would suggest that we stay home in the general, I would always have something to point to – some horrible policy that would evolve from Democrat control of government unless Republicans remained in power. But that time has passed.
What will happen if the Democrats are in charge? We already have Obamacare, and Republicans have committed to preserving it. We already have record debt, and Republicans have committed to raising the debt ceiling. And now Republicans are pushing the most destructive Democrat policy of all – perennial open borders, a permanent Democrat majority, and the ballooning of the welfare state.
This pending amnesty push, which will also double our record low-skilled legal immigration, will change our economy and society forever. There is no way we could overcome the electoral juggernaut engendered by open borders. At some point we need to draw a line in the sand and fight back against this cynical ploy. If the undocumented Democrats in our party wish to pass amnesty after the primaries, we should not grant them amnesty in the general election.
What’s the worst that can happen? A Democrat majority?
That’s exactly where we are headed if we don’t fight this maniacal push for immigration deform.
Update: We all strongly believe in the rationale for a viable second party. We can’t function with an oligarchy. That is why we must all spend the next 4-7 months fully engaged in the primaries. This is our party and it’s time to take it back. Here are some candidates we can support and send a big message in the primaries:
Kentucky Senate: Matt Bevin challenging GOP establishment king, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (donate here)
Kansas Senate: Milton Wolf challenging Senator Pat Roberts (donate here)
Mississippi Senate: Chris McDaniel challenging Senator Thad Cochran ( donate here)
Louisiana Senate: Rob Maness challenging Democrat Senator Mary Landrieu and establishment Republican Bill Cassidy (donate here)
Idaho House District 2: Bryan Smith challenging RINO Mike Simpson (donate here)
Georgia Senate: Paul Broun running against a number of establishment candidates (donate here)