GOP House Principles: “National and Economic Security Depends on Illegal Alien Amnesty”

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


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The House GOP principles on amnesty consists of the least surprising document ever because we all knew what was going to be in it. Some comforting and empty talk about security up front with amnesty buried at the bottom of the box. The good stuff is contradicted by the bad.

For example,

For far too long, the United States has emphasized extended family members and pure luck over employment-based immigration. This is inconsistent with nearly every other developed country. Every year thousands of foreign nationals pursue degrees at America’s colleges and universities, particularly in high skilled fields. Many of them want to use their expertise in U.S. industries that will spur economic growth and create jobs for Americans.

There are plenty of things wrong with this, from importing terrorists to undercutting Americans, but it would be preferable to shift from an “Invite all your cousins” process to an employer based process. But we’re obviously not going to do that. Not if the whole agenda is to win over Mexican voters.

We’re not about to prevent people from inviting their relatives in and the bottom of the amnesty box contains a call for legalizing the children of illegal aliens.

One of the great founding principles of our country was that children would not be punished for the mistakes of their parents. It is time to provide an opportunity for legal residence and citizenship for those who were brought to this country as children through no fault of their own

I don’t really recall that being a great founding principle. And the GOP insists on borrowing leftist rhetoric. No one is punishing the kids of illegal aliens by not legalizing them. They’re just not eligible for it. To become eligible, they would have to move back home and apply to immigrate like everyone else.

Not giving them a freebie is not a “punishment”. They’re not being punished because their parents came here illegally. But they’re not being rewarded for it either.

Our national and economic security depend on requiring people who are living and working here illegally to come forward and get right with the law.

Do they? Really?

How will our economic security be improved by putting legalizing people who take out of the system more than they put back? Whatever taxes they may now pay will be offset by their Earned Income Credits. The odds of them covering their own benefits usage is nil.

As for national security, yes we’ll know who the illegal aliens in our country are, while encouraging more to come through their example.

The rest consists of the usual Rubio-Ryanisms. No special path to citizenship, just the plain one. They have to pass a “rigorous background check” just like all the terrorists who fly in here, they maybe have to learn to speak English, though everyone does for citizenship purposes except some who have that waived, they’ll have to pay a small fine and back taxes for income that can’t be verified and be able to support themselves… until they receive citizenship.

And they’ll still go on receiving state and city aid.

Also the enforcement mechanisms for this will be in the hands of Obama and Hillary whose commitment to enforcing our border security and immigration laws is second to none.

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.

Right. Because once people have signed up and gotten their provisional legal status, the House will somehow unilaterally reverse that when Obama and Hillary’s officials claim that the border is secure but the GOP claims it isn’t.

The House GOP amnesty plan is as plausible as Obama’s economic plans.

  • ZZ

    Because nothing says national and economic security like turning America into Mexico. Thanks, GOP.

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  • antioli

    Because nothing says national and economic security like turning America into Mexico. Thanks, GOP.

  • Leland64

    I have never understood how importing unskilled, illiterate people benefits the United States. Until 1965 immigrants came here to become Americans and prosper through hard work, the desire for self improvement and to become a contributing member of society. Now it seems many illegals are here for what they can take, bring little of value to society and are a burden to the productive. This mass of illegals effectively joins the already huge underclass and combined to undermine productive, democratic society.

    • antioli

      And keep the Far Left of the Democrats in power for ever

    • A Z

      Importing unskilled, illiterate people only makes sense to businesses if they take little training to get up to speed.

      And that only benefits the people, who own the business & the people they pay off.

      If the labor is that low skilled, it can usually be automated and thus provide some tech/craft jobs.

  • antioli

    In an unusually aggressive move, top immigration hawk Sen. Jeff
    Session (R-AL) is moving to preemptively arm House Republicans with
    anti-amnesty talking points and other materials ahead of a major
    planning session at the House GOP’s Maryland retreat tomorrow.

  • antioli

    Below from Breitbart

  • A Z

    Jerry Doyle discussed amnesty with a guest today on the Jerry Doyle show.

    They related that Obama has no stopped the high profile raids on factories and businesses that employ il_legals.

    Fewer people are being deported than before.

    Of the 1/ 2 million people that Obama used executive order to grant amnesty, DHS had an expedited back ground check. it was as effective as the background check of Snowden

    The Republican bill on amnesty is an improvement but so slight as to not make a difference. They will have a visa tracking system an the nation airports (ports of entry) but not at the Canadian or Mexican border.
    The Visa tracking system should have already been implemented but Obama does not program code all that well. that is Obama & his administration do not want to get it done.

    The Republicans think that a goal of 90% border enforcement (effectiveness) it okay. I know from 100% control is not possible but they could have gone for a goal of 95%, 97 or 99%.

    As Jerry put it, “if Boehner was a 20 # fish you could land him with 5 # test line with the drag fully engaged” (paraphrase). Boehner needs to go.

  • truebearing

    The GOP can put out any plan they want, as long as they don’t vote for it.

    • A Z

      The GOP might out out a good plan, but the chances are slim to none.

      They have no fight in them except to turn on the Tea Party.

  • onecornpone

    Bringing in third world people who have spent their lives dependent on one or another form of government largesse for their very survival, expecting them to grasp the intentions of our Founding documents, no doubt taught them in their citizenship classes by Leftist Dem hacks, is an exercise in stupidity.

    http://people-press.org/2011/12/28/little-change-in-publics-response/

    Clearly with Hispanics socialism wins out with 44% positive ranking, to capitalism’s 32%.

    Furthermore 55% of Hispanics view capitalism in a negative light.

    Weaning these people from their dependency addiction is impossible with our current weak-kneed elite ruling class hierarchy, who are themselves addicted to the power and privilege of DC.

  • glpage

    If they go through with this the bottom will fall out of our society sooner. When that happens there will be no money for anyone who can’t produce. Even socialism will not be able to change that. And if they try, I believe it will lead to the pseudo intellectual left learning just how PO’ed the productive people can get.

  • laura427

    WE ARE TOLD “NOT” TO PUNISH THE CHILDREN FOR THE PARENTS’ CRIMES BUT WE MUST NOT “REWARD” THE CHILDREN FOR THE PARENTS’ CRIMES EITHER AS THAT WILL SHOW OTHER LAWBREAKERS IT IS “OK” AND WILL ENCOURAGE MORE MILLIONS TO SNEAK INTO OUR NATION AND BREAK OUR LAWS. APART FROM THIS, EVERY ILLEGAL ALIENS’ KID WHO TAKES A PLACE I OUR COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES, STEALS THE EDUCATION OF AN AMERICAN STUDENT. WHY? BECAUSE THERE ARE JUST A LIMITED NUMBER OF PLACES IN THESE INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER LEARNING, NOT AN INFINITE AMOUNT AND ONCE IT IS TAKEN, IT IS TAKEN! THIS IS GROSSLY UNFAIR TO AMERICAN STUDENTS AND OUR CHILDREN!