Republicans will unveil a new set of Republican “Principles” on January 28th which will outline the Republican plan for amnesty.
Aside from the problem of border security, which is a massive problem, if I could see a way in which Republicans would win a presidential election after legalized immigrants win citizenship, I would be more supportive of amnesty. However, I don’t see how that is possible when all the polls show that illegal immigrants lean 70% to 90% Democrat.
The Republicans don’t see it that way. They think they will lose if they don’t push through amnesty. I predict that they are underestimating the anger from the right if they do. They won’t win the votes of the illegal immigrants-turned-citizens but they will lose some conservatives who will stay home on election day, write in candidates or form a third party.
President Obama is convinced John Boehner will pass immigration reform in 2014 and much of this comes from secret meetings the two have had.
Some Republicans say amnesty will happen in 2015 and it must happen before 2016.
Republicans believe that it will hurt their chances in the presidential election if they don’t pass some form of amnesty. They believe it is a high priority among Hispanic voters (who overwhelmingly don’t vote for them anyway).
“I think our Republican colleagues realize that to be blocking immigration reform is not good for them,” Chucky Schumer of NY said.
That’s what Republicans need – to take their advice from Chucky Schumer!
Democrats are encouraged because Boehner recently hired Rebecca Tallent as his director of immigration policy and she worked for McCain, the amnesty proponent.
Also encouraging to Democrats is Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s statement to House members that immigration reform is a priority for 2014.
A Senate Democratic aide said House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) will take the lead on legalizing 11 million people here illegally, though the number is closer to 30 million since amnesty will set up chain migration.
Rep. Darrell Issa (Calif.) and Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (Fla.) and others will work out plans to grant legalization through existing channels.
Boehner will unveil his Republican principles for immigration reform before Obama’s Jan. 28 State of the Union address, an address in which Obama will elaborate on his plan to ignore Congress and legislate from the White House.
Boehner will supposedly slide immigration reform through with smaller mini-measures and this is acceptable to Democrats who can look forward to a one-party country and a blue state of Texas.
The Republicans are forgetting the fact that the people here illegally will never vote for them en masse. They are liberal, as in statist-liberal, for the most part. The Republicans will still be seen as the people who were less favorable towards amnesty, which will also hurt them.
On the other hand, if Republicans don’t pass amnesty, Obama will undoubtedly do his own unconstitutional version of amnesty, especially given the fact that Republicans are so weak.
Full story at The Hill