Norquist and the Tea Party Express Co-Founder said amnesty isn't dead
My second biggest complaint about Republican amnesty supporters is how lazy they are.
Take Sal Russo's big pro-amnesty article. It's virtually identical to the same amnesty pitches coming in from the GOP over the years.
The only difference is that Russo throws in stuff about "misty-eyed ideals of some of the liberal do-gooder reformers" for cred while championing the exact same amnesty policy. And he mentions "What is good for America should be the sole criteria for immigration reform."
What's good for America somehow involves permanent Democratic Party rule.
It's six paragraphs of the same stuff about border security (under Obama) and our desperate need for Third World doctors and engineers.
It's the same tired set of cliches. Stop me if you've heard any or all of these.
"The U.S. immigration system is flawed and broken"
"a rational visa policy"
"Border security must be an essential element of any immigration reform."
These are pre-chewed talking points being vomited up all over again. They're soulless and lifeless. And it gets worse once Russo makes his amnesty pitch.
Finally, we need to make the 11 million people who are here illegally obey the law, pay taxes and come out of the shadows. We have to get them right by the law in exchange for legal status, but not unbridled amnesty. This should include penalties, background checks to root out criminals, and the requirement that they learn English, understand the Constitution and be committed to our basic freedoms. We must ensure there is no special pathway to citizenship that puts them in front of people who waited in line.
Every dishonest phrase here has already been said by Rubio and co. Every point here has already been discredited. But that doesn't stop Russo from using the same exact language that was worked out years ago by pollsters and consultants to sell the same rejected message.
At this point I would be more likely to trust an amnesty advocate if he would just admit that he was pitching amnesty, instead of the same old lines about going to the back of the line and no special pathway to citizenship.
Behind it all stands one man. Of course.
Norquist and his guests — Tea Party Express Co-Founder and Strategist Sal Russo, America Online Founder Steve Case and American Conservative Union Chairman Al Cardenas — strained to get the point across that the issue is not dead on Capitol Hill, and that House GOP leaders continue to plod along on a path to bring legislation to the floor.
All that this has really accomplished is to completely discredit Tea Party Express as an arm of the GOP establishment.
On Wednesday evening, Jenny Beth Martin, the co-founder of another leading tea party organization, Tea Party Patriots, released her own statement “clarifying” the group’s stance.
“We support legal immigration and the rule of law, according to the Constitution. There is already a legal path to citizenship for those wishing to come to the United States. Anyone who decides to get off that path and enter the United States illegally should not be given any sort of amnesty because doing so is neither fair nor equal treatment under the law.
“We must also demand the Obama administration enforce our current immigration laws. Those who are determined to have entered the country illegally and are on-track for deportation should be deported. Those who have been convicted of crimes and are serving sentences for their crimes should remain incarcerated until their sentences have been served.
“Conservatives are watching Congress like a hawk and will do everything to make sure immigration reform is done in a manner that respects the law and those who abide by it.”