The fact that 14 Republican senators voted for the Obama-Reid legalization bill is appalling. That Lindsey Graham still considers himself a member of the GOP after leading the Republican cheerleading for immigration reform is an embarrassment conservatives can neither afford nor tolerate. If Republicans in Congress can approve a bill that includes legalization then we are hearing the death knell for conservatism in Washington.
Democrats like to shame Republicans with charges of pandering to Tea Party extremism. At what point did these 14 GOP senators decide that siding with Democrats on legislation to benefit illegal aliens was preferable to backing conservative patriots who would never tolerate this kind of a sellout?
Is immigration sellout a done deal?
John Boehner has already said no to the Senate immigration bill (see: Will S. 744 Invite Americans to Discriminate?). That does not mean that House GOP members will say no to legal status and a path to citizenship when their turncoat Senate counterparts, activists, the White House, illegal aliens, and Americans too naïve to know they are being had put on the pressure.
Boehner’s words say a lot more than “NO”:
And so if they’re serious about getting an immigration bill finished, I think the president and Senate Democrats ought to reach out to their … Republican colleagues to build broad bipartisan support for the bill.¹
That doesn’t sound like knee-jerk rejection. It sounds like a stab at compromise when there can be no agreement without mocking America and everything our citizens strive for.
Tricked again! Wait for that swarm of illegal aliens coming to America.
We were supposed to have secure borders 27 years ago after Congress agreed to the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act. It never happened. If the U.S. pushes ahead with legalization, illegal aliens will find ways to get to America that – no big surprise – our lawmakers never considered. Just because crossing the southwest border is convenient does not mean there are no other places to break into the U.S.
Since the president has already demonstrated a knack for passing his own immigration initiatives like DACA, how stupid do we have to be to believe that anything standing in the way of more illegal immigrants arriving to steal their piece of the American dream won’t be discarded, manipulated, or gotten around, whether by this president or presidents and Congresses yet to come?
Can Tea Party extremism pull the GOP back from the brink?
We have to trust that immigration reform is dead in the House. If Boehner’s warning turns out to be right and this one waits for the 2014 election,² perhaps a return to the Tea Party patriotism we saw before the 2010 midterms will set things right. When the House takes up the issue we will find out whether the GOP has lost faith in conservatism, in the American people, or both. The more we hear about Tea Party extremism from Democrats, the more we know we need to bring it back.