GOP Ready to Cave on Amnesty

Arnold Ahlert is a former NY Post op-ed columnist currently contributing to JewishWorldReview.com, HumanEvents.com and CanadaFreePress.com. He may be reached at atahlert@comcast.net.


GOP-620x412The Republican Party is seemingly on the verge of embracing so-called comprehensive immigration reform. Using a tactic best described as “calculated incrementalism,” House Republicans plan to pass a series of individual bills addressing various aspects of immigration reform, which will then be combined in conference with the Senate bill. Former House Rep. J.D. Hayworth (R-AZ) cut right to the heart of the subterfuge, saying that the Republicans’ promise “to act tough on border security while looking to secure amnesty for millions of illegal immigrants has become infuriatingly all-too-familiar.”

Indications that House Republicans plan to acquiesce to amnesty were revealed by House Majority leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) last Sunday. Cantor was repeatedly asked if the House would put 11 million illegal aliens on the so-called “pathway to citizenship.” Cantor responded that, while his chamber would not be taking up the Senate version of the bill, they would be taking the position that the system is “broken” and “we want to fix it.” He also expressed support for the House version of the DREAM Act, because children should not he held “liable for illegal acts of their parents.”

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) appears equally on board. In an interview with the National Journal, he made the economic case for immigration reform, arguing that even low-skill immigrants “bring labor to our economy so jobs can get done.” He insisted that Wisconsin dairy farmers are having a hard time finding workers, and that if they can’t — or if they raise wages as an alternative to attract those workers — both scenarios will lead to the importation of those products.

Ryan’s reasoning sparked the ire of the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR). Next Monday, they’ll begin running an ad campaign ridiculing Ryan’s contention that Wisconsin suffers from a labor shortage. “Tell that to the 12 percent unemployed in Racine, the 10 percent unemployment in Milwaukee, the 9 percent unemployment in Janesville,” the ad states. “Thousands are looking for work, yet Ryan supports a plan that could double immigration, grant amnesty to illegal aliens, and bring in millions more foreign workers to take jobs.”

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) has his own take regarding the pathway to citizenship. He envisions granting illegals the provisional status that was passed by the Senate. After that, Goodlatte believes illegals with provisional status will take advantage of existing U.S. law, allowing foreigners to pursue green cards or permanent legal residency. After that, Goodlatte claims, they will pursue citizenship by already available methods, including marriage to a U.S. citizen, or having an American employer sponsor them. “All of those are ways they could then eventually find themselves permanent residents and, ultimately, citizens, but none of those would be special ways that have been made available only to people who have come here illegally,” he told C-SPAN’s “Newsmakers” program last month.

Two other House Republicans, Daniel Webster (R-FL) and Aaron Schock (R-IL), also support a path to full citizenship, succumbing to what ABC News described as “an intense campaign by pro-immigration advocates targeting key House members at town-hall events.” It is part of a “larger five-week plan for hundreds of rallies, petition drives and other events across the country timed for the Congressional recess.”

That campaign will be part of an effort led by the progressive group Americans United for Change, which will coordinate with liberal activists to confront Republicans at every opportunity, demanding that they embrace comprehensive reform. “This is a new approach. The theory in the past has been to be stealth about the effort to confront members at town halls–but sometimes it’s been too stealth, and we haven’t generated enough activity,” said Brad Woodhouse, president of the organization.

Other pro-immigration groups will be doing their part as well. Organizing for Action (OFA) the progressive spinoff from Obama’s reelection campaign apparatus, will hold a national day of action next Monday, aimed at getting Americans to support comprehensive reform. Mi Familia Vota, coordinating with Alliance for Citizenship, will initiate community campaigns aiming to achieve the same goal. Clarissa Martinez of the National Council of La Raza, an organization that has long demanded an end to the deportation of all illegal aliens, promised that a collation of groups will host 360 different events in 52 congressional districts, while Congress remains in recess. The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) will also bring pressure to bear. “This is the beginning of a long, hot summer for the House of Representatives,” said SEIU member Eliseo Medina.

The above organizations will be countered by organizations such as the aforementioned FAIR, as well as NumbersUSA, which advocates lower levels of legal and illegal immigration, and Tea Party affiliates.

As a result of the latter groups’ efforts, Republicans have been careful to frame their support for reform as one that enhances border security, and promotes the ability of state and local law enforcement officials to enforce immigration laws. Yet as Gang of Eight Senator Chuck Schumer has indicated, it may be nothing more than talk. “We would much prefer a big comprehensive bill, but any way that the House can get there is OK by us,” he told CNN. “I actually am optimistic that we will get this done.” Getting there, according to Schumer includes “certain bottom lines for us: We do need some kind of path to citizenship.”

Why is Schumer optimistic? Hayworth explains that Republicans are embracing a classic “bait and switch” technique that is likely to succeed this time because, as opposed to the 2006-2007 effort, “the GOP leadership has become smarter, and more devious with their messaging.” He contends that a tough law enforcement bill sponsored by Rep. Mike McCaul, Chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, will receive a vote of approval, but will be subsequently abandoned during the House-Senate reconciliation process. McCaul has reportedly been apprised of this reality — behind closed doors — by House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH).

Instead, a bill sponsored by Cantor and Goodlatte, tentatively named the KIDS Act, legalizing illegal aliens who came to the country as children, will also be approved, and then become the actual bill that is sent to conference. Once it gets to conference, House Republicans will no longer be able to stop it: only a simple majority of conferees from each chamber will be needed to get the reconciled “Conference Report” floor votes in both the House and the Senate. This will allow House GOP members to claim they are tough on enforcement, even as Boehner will appoint conferees who can be counted on to embrace the Senate’s position on amnesty.

As Hayworth explains, when the resulting Conference Report is brought to the House floor, only a handful of Republican votes, coupled with overwhelming Democrat support, will be required to make amnesty a reality.

Hayworth is correct when he says that only a handful of Republicans would have to vote for reform. As it stands currently, the House is comprised of 234 Republicans and 200 Democrats, with one vacancy. Assuming Democrats vote as a monolith, as is often the case when ideological principles are involved, (and would undoubtedly be the case here, since amnesty could conceivably make them a permanent majority for the foreseeable future), only 18 Republicans would have to be swayed to support the bill. As it stands now, 21 House Republicans support immigration reform.

Such a reality underscores the true nature of Republican deviousness. Comprehensive immigration reform went down in flames in 2006-2007, because the millions of Americans who opposed it had a quantifiable bill to oppose. By breaking immigration reform into separate pieces, Republicans are hoping opposition to the bill will be similarly splintered–and muted. Even worse, House members will spend their August recess canvassing their constituents’ sentiment before a bill is even written. Thus, their thinking may be influenced by nothing more than who shows up at a town hall meeting and shouts the loudest.

Given the aforementioned promises of the above activist groups, a quiet recess is unlikely. Yet one gets the uncomfortable feeling that the best Americans opposed to the massive legalization of millions of lawbreakers can hope for is that the pro-immigration activists, as has often been the case, overplay their hands. Loud and noisy demonstrations by progressive activists demanding a pathway to citizenship might sway Republicans to abandon this effort or prompt a backlash.

Unfortunately, House Speaker Boehner offers little comfort in that regard. “Nobody has spent more time trying to fix a broken immigration system than I have,” he said last month. “I talked about it the day after the election. I’ve talked about it a hundred times since. And while some may disagree about how we’re going about fixing a broken immigration system, it’s been a big goal of mine.”

Like other Republicans, Boehner needs to be reminded that the system is “broken,” primarily because the refusal to enforce the crackdown on businesses who hire illegal aliens, and the steadfast refusal to secure the border (mandated by the 1986 immigration reform bill) has brought us to where we are now. Moreover, there is absolutely nothing stopping those provisions from being enforced right now – other than the ongoing refusal by the Obama administration, supported by compliant Republicans, to enforce that law. Is there any end in sight to this racket?

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  • retired

    If you think all of this is something new,think again!The career politicians that run the country today are no different from the political garbage that ran the nation 100 years ago in 1913,different times but the same sh*t.
    At that time our fearless leaders in Washington,Democrats & Republicans,sold the country to the Bank of England lock,stock & barrel.They sold America to the central bankers who created the Federal Reserve System which today holds the mortgage on the U.S.A..The bankers in turn helped (paid ) to elect Woodrow Wilson,America’s first social engineering president.Wilson,A university intellectual,dragged us into Europe & it’s wars & thats where we are stuck today,in the land of reserve banking & extreme leverage financially.The land of political social engineering.
    The politicians in 1913 didn’t care about the American people,only their own graft.Washington in 2013 is no better!

    P.S. over 120 years ago Mark Twain said “Politicians,like diapers,should be changed often & for the same reasons”

  • MMinCC

    These lousy GD MoFos make me *ucking sick to death-they’re destroying our country and our culture for the sake of ILLEGAL ALIENS whose first act on our soil is to break our law, who come here to sponge up hard working people’s taxes, and to vote democrat-absolutely mind blowing.

    I swear if these rotten *astards were lined up in front of me, I could take a flame thrower to the whole rotten bunch.

    Face it, conservatives are demonized and we have no representation in Congress other than a few Ted Cruzs. It’s time for the next Bunker Hill because as much as I love Levin, his remedy is a dollar and a day too late.

  • Kauf Buch

    This will be the death of the GOP. Betrayal.

  • RM Russell

    I fear the Repupublicans are barely better than Democrats in Washington.If the incumbants in the Republican Party wanted to make a stink about Obama’s unilateral jettisoning of the Constitution they darned well could! Come on Ted Cruz show us what you are worth!!!! We need someone who is not a liar and/or a twister of the truth. I fear the Republican Party has lost complete touch with its base–you and me!

  • cheechakos

    4% of illegals work in agriculture.
    46% are on entitlements.
    When they say illegals will create jobs they mean; government jobs such as social workers,teachers,prison guards,translators ….all jobs that are dependent on tax payers and benefit only immigrants.

    There are 30 million legal,non citizens waiting to become citizens ,some have been waiting here 10 years while working and paying taxes. These bills do not address these people.

    The anchor baby system is actually abuse of older laws that were never updated.
    And parents who knowingly commit crimes should have no legal claim to justify and excuse those crimes by using their children. Or it would be legal to steal to feed your children. If illegals are voting democrat they are frauds or huge hypocrites for not aborting children they can’t afford.

    Lastly if you believe in global warming you cannot support or justify amnesty. Adopting 11 million people who start by leaving 8 lbs of trash at the border and increase the US’s consumption of power and water,create 3 times more pollution, and reproduce at 4 times the rate of citizens will lead to an environmental destructive force in the US within 40 years.

  • NAHALKIDES

    Every Conservative, and indeed, every American who cares about his country and has a Republican Representative or Senator, needs to send an email or make a phone call with this message: support amnesty and you’re done – I will never vote for you in any primary or general election again.

  • Just a thought

    There is a time to fight and a time to regroup and energize. We Can’t be the party of NO. We have to propose solutions and spending 100 billion dollars checking every ones papers including mine to find and deport undocumented inside the country is not a solution. Too bad Regan in 86 didn’t create effective interior enforcement and Everify and Entry Exit Visa system. Lets do it now before another wave comes in. Self Deport or Checkpoints to check every ones papers is not a solution at the moment but can be achieved with EVerify and Entry Exit as part of this bill to legalize and make the undocumented pay fines and taxes and go through background checks instead of them living in shadows and mooching because they got nothing to loose. If we are not proposing Solutions, we will only be listening to the other sides solutions. And Deporting,killing or Burning 11 million people in the United States will never happen under any Administration. So lets be smart and get the best EVerify. Entry Exit, Border Security Etc with this package and I guess thats what the Smart republicans are doing.

  • The Mad Jewess

    Well, my hubby has had enough of these treasonous monsters.
    We will simply move to some other socialist country where, at least they treat their citizens a little better than America treats ITS citizens.

    I cant inhabit this place with these murdering psychopaths.
    I see that NONE of these pigs are willing to move to sanctuary cities.
    SO typical

  • Ghost Writer

    It is depressing. Clearly, the Republican House leadership supports amnesty. So, that is what will take place. I agree with Ahlert that the system is NOT broken. That is a phony, deceptive rubric to make people think something needs to be done. What should be done is simply to enforce existing laws. But it won’t happen.

  • bluffcreek1967

    Has it not been made clear yet the GOP has betrayed its white majority base by seeking to grant amnesty to millions of Mexican invaders. If you think this won’t help to further radically change the America as we knew it, including our culture and demographics, you are hopelessly naive.

    There is deliberate effort on the part of both parties to displace white Americans, to reduce our influences on the culture, and to maintain our demographic dominance. Before long, we will realize that we have become aliens in our own land. Don’t think so? You will learn.

    “Why Hasn’t There Been A Revolution?” http://www.ambrosekane.com

  • ObamaYoMoma

    If the leftwing hijacked and co-opted GOP caves on amnesty, it will be the end of America, as we once knew it.

  • Gaius_Vindex

    The two biggest things that are broken with our immigration system are: 1. The border is a wide open sieve. 2. The government does not track and deport those that overstay their visas when they enter the country legally. The final nail in the coffin of a once great Republic will be driven by Progressives like Chuck Schumer. Quite sad actually….

  • Clean-the-house

    Illegal immigrants don’t only consist of those from Mexico or south of our border, tens of thousands of middle-eastern parasites ( m u s l i m s ) use the mexican border to enter our country illegally as well. These politicians are allowing and encouraging the invasion of our country, they belong in prison alongside the criminals they allow in.

  • Shawn McElhinney

    In 1965, when congress passed that year’s immigration reform legislation, the economy was very strong. Likewise, in 1986 when that year’s immigration reform legislation was passed, the economy was very strong. Whatever else one wants to say about the idea of another legislative package, the economy today is the weakest it has been in decades. Therefore priority should be on getting the economy back in strong shape BEFORE any talk about further immigration reform legislation (regardless of the shape it has) takes place!

  • shinny_head

    Most fail to understand that Republican = Democrat in the political realm. Both are totalitarian in practice. It is just the Democrats want to get there a lot faster than the Republican do. We are no longer a republic, instead we are ruled by the “best government that money can buy.”

    The only way to return to republican rule is by sweeping changes every two years at the ballot box. We could turn this whole mess around in 4 years, politically and economically.

    It is time to wake up. We have few opportunities remaining.
    If Republican vote for amnesty, I predict a bloodbath at the mid-term elections.
    Hope’n!

  • Avi Marranazo

    Republicans who think low-achieving Mestizos will ever vote for a party, that at least in theory, supports individual freedom and laissez-faire are wholly delusional.

  • Long Ben

    There must be no goodies for non Americans whatsoever until the border is secure. Moreover all dole must be shut off to all foreigners. Here even in conservative Texas ” nons” are gaming the Lone Star welfare card. While riding around in vehicles newer and fancier than average, they use the products they get off the card to make tamales, burritos to sell and etc. or sell sports drinks at the local refinery, as if the welfare card were a small business loan . Authorities however look the other way. Wouldn’t want a civil rights beef with the radicalized Justice Department or La Raza or whatever. If labor is in such demand why has the cost of labor (in real wages ) been stagnant for the past two or three decades ? I suggest that the law of supply and demand has been corrupted unfairly by the willfull injection illegals into the mix. To sum up, business interest ( read Republican ) want cheap labor ( rolling the social cost over on the citizens ) and Democrats want the illegal votes. If the People don’t stand up on their hind feet we are screwed.

  • Just a thought

    Am only hearing complains, and blames and anger like kids. Not hearing any solutions.

    “What to do with 11 million of our neighbors and our kids friends and their parents.”

    And before someone proposes a DETAILED solution just take a deep breath and don’t just Rant and speak from Anger and Frustration……..GO!

  • cathy

    There are sufficient RINOS voting with the Democrats on appointees and policies that affords the required votes to further the agenda of the Islamic appeaser/Marxist occupying the White House. Are these RINOS Democrat plants who said what Conservatives wanted to hear to get elected or … are they Republican sell-outs?

    Gutierrez: I’ve got 40-50 GOP votes for immigration reform
    Published: August 8
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2013/08/08/gutierrez-ive-got-40-50-gop-votes-for-immigration-reform/?tid=pm_politics_pop

    [AUDIO] Harry Reid: John McCain controls about 10 people and that’s all I needed to get things done in Senate.
    August 9th, 2013
    http://therightscoop.com/harry-reid-john-mccain-controls-about-10-people-and-thats-all-i-needed-to-get-things-done-in-senate/

  • cathy

    The following are either Democrat plants or Republican sell outs. Either way the implication is that the democratic system in America has been manipulated by the left when elected Republican representatives can articulate all the words that Conservatives want to hear while failing to walk the talk when it counts. Think about it. If it were not for the RINO votes in the Senate … the required 60 votes would not have been reached for the passing of the Comprehensive Immigration Bill.

    Senate roll vote for immigration bil1
    Published June 27, 2013

    Republicans Yes – Alexander, Tenn.; Ayotte, N.H.; Chiesa, N.J.; Collins, Maine; Corker, Tenn.; Flake, Ariz.; Graham, S.C.; Hatch, Utah; Heller, Nev.; Hoeven, N.D.; Kirk, Ill.; McCain, Ariz.; Murkowski, Alaska; Rubio, Fla.

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/06/27/senate-roll-vote-for-immigration-bill

  • cathy

    When I considered the words of Ted Cruz regarding the legalization of illegal aliens … I was thankful that he did not join rank with Marc Rubio and the other RINOS who were instrumental in the passing of the Comprehensive Immigration Bill. However … anything short of advocating deportation is the definition of amnesty in my world.

    Ted Cruz: Rubio has ‘worked in good faith’ on immigration reform
    May 6, 2013
    http://washingtonexaminer.com/ted-cruz-rubio-has-worked-in-good-faith-on-immigration-reform/article/2528932?custom_click=rss

    Sen.Ted Cruz also supports temporary legalization status in the immigration bill
    June 12th, 2013
    http://therightscoop.com/sen-ted-cruz-also-supports-temporary-legalization-status-in-the-immigration-bill/

  • Just a thought

    World doesn’t crumble if after reading and exploring the alternatives someone agrees or votes on an issue that you don’t like.

    Your lack of Solutions and just whining and saying NO doesn’t give the RINO’s or whoever you call RINO’s any help in solving the issues. That’s what they are there for, to work and solve issues. Not Sit on their Asses and make their Salary.

    Again, Deporting or Killing 11 million People will never happen under any Administration. Employers need them, Economy needs them. OBAMA will be gone in 2 years, Immigration Reform will not/should not happen for another 20 years so lets close the borders, implement Everify, Entry EXit and do background Checks on all 11 million while legalizing them and make it harder for them to collect any benefits unless you want to do it for 25 million people in a few years or create Eleisium in our cities in America.

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  • Larry Launer

    If they legalize 50 million mexicans I will also be asking Putin for asylum

  • Conservative Republican

    If this is true, there will be many Republican House Members who will be looking for new jobs after the 2014 mid-term election. WTF happened to the conservative republicans. They appear to be a bunch of spineless jelly fish. We don’t want 11 million illegal aliens being rewarded with citizenship. You immigrate to this country according to our laws or stay the hell out. No law breakers welcome here!

  • gregzotta

    Kill the Amnesty Bill

    Proponents of the Immigration/Amnesty bill
    claim there are 11 million people living here illegally, but it is probably
    more like 20 million and that is why the need to pass this bill into law. Those
    supporting the Immigration/amnesty bill are
    Democrat/Statists who look to the illegal immigrants as votes; Union Bosses who
    look to the illegal immigrants as dues paying members; Corporatists who look to
    the illegal immigrants as cheap labor; Churches who look to illegal immigrants
    as contributing parishioners; Establishment/RINO Republicans who look to be
    liked by illegal immigrants; and the illegal immigrants themselves looking for
    stuff. Instead of enforcing current
    immigration laws they say we must pass comprehensive immigration reform now! In
    trying to sell the Gang of Eight Immigration/Amnesty bill ads are being run
    claiming the bill calls for more border guards and building the fence. They
    also claim the illegal immigrants would have to pay a fine, begin to pay taxes,
    learn and speak English and to get back at the end of the line.

    Let’s
    look at their selling points. There is no need to pass this Amnesty bill to
    increase the border patrol, they can just be hired. As for the fence; that is
    already in the 2006 Immigration Law that they are not enforcing. No need to add
    another law when there is one already in place, enforce it. As for the fine,
    what will the fine be and what if they cannot pay? Will they be deported or
    will the fine be waived; or more likely subsidized? As for paying taxes; many
    of these illegals are low skilled, working low wage jobs and if you believe Jeb
    Bush are more fertile than legal white American citizens. Therefore, they will
    not be paying any income taxes. In fact, they will be getting tax credits i.e.
    money from the taxpayers, unless our tax system is changed (implement a flat
    tax or fair tax). What happens if the illegals do not learn English? Will they
    be deported then? As for illegals getting back to the end of the line, wouldn’t
    the end of the line be in their country of origin? And what happens to the ones
    who are waiting to get in legally? Will they be allowed to enter too, which
    would double the amount of people being let in?

    Those pushing this amnesty bill claim the
    illegals will not be eligible for Obamacare. Really? They might not be eligible
    per se to Obamacare, but, that does not mean they will not be treated, unless
    they change the law regarding treatment to where the medical facility can
    refuse treatment. What are the chances of that happening? And wasn’t that one
    of the reasons they gave us for giving us the abomination that is Obamacare.
    This amnesty bill, accompanied by Obamacare will only exacerbate the
    unemployment and underemployment of American citizens, because employers could
    terminate many legal Americans, replacing them with the illegals due to
    Obamacare.

    There is no reason to pass this monstrous
    “immigration/amnesty” bill, just enforce the laws already on the
    books. What must and should be done is secure the borders; enforce current
    immigration laws against the illegal’s and the people who hire them; let it be
    known to the people living here illegally that they will be deported; and then
    work on reforming and streamlining immigration policy. No one is saying they
    are going to be rounded up and deported right away or all at once. The illegal
    immigrants did not get here all at once, therefore will not leave all at once.
    Nevertheless, if the United States started to enforce immigration laws and let
    it be known that when caught the illegals would be deported many of them would
    self deport. You do not reward people for bad behavior and by allowing illegals
    to stay the government would be doing exactly that. If a law is not enforced,
    is it a law?

    The United States is a sovereign country with
    borders and laws. The Federal Government’s primary responsibility is to protect
    its citizens from enemies both foreign and domestic. Our immigration laws are
    being violated and not being enforced. Article IV Section 4 of the US Constitution
    states, “The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a
    Republican Form of Government, and shall protect each of them against Invasion;
    and on Application of the Legislature, or of the Executive (when the
    Legislature cannot be convened) against domestic Violence.” I would consider
    the 11+million illegal immigrants in this country amounts to an invasion.
    Therefore, the 68 Senators who voted for this amnesty bill are TRAITORS to this
    country and in violation to their oath to defend the Constitution. This bill if
    made into law will destroy this country. The US House is the firewall to the
    Amnesty bill being passed. Everyone needs to burn up the phone lines to your US
    Representative to keep this amnesty bill from becoming law!

  • Montrux

    Who are the Republicans supporting this? I need to know if I’m voting out anyone from Kansas.