The insightful Investors Business Daily asks why the House GOP is determined to rescue the failed Obama Presidency with a massive amnesty to ensure future millions of grateful diverse Democrats (House GOP Plans To Save Obama With Immigration Reform, Jan 22). The writer opines that an amnesty is likely to scuttle Republican hopes to win the Senate.
Senator Ted Cruz agrees:
“I think we’ve got an incredible opportunity to retake the Senate in 2014, to retire Harry Reid as Majority Leader, and the No. 1 thing Republicans could do to mess that up is to refuse to stand for principle,” Cruz told Houston’s Michael Berry radio show.
“If the House turns around and passes a giant amnesty deal that doesn’t secure the border and grants amnesty, they might as well go and put ‘Harry Reid for Majority Leader’ bumper stickers on the backs of their cars,” Cruz warned, “because it would be kicking conservatives, kicking the Tea Party, kicking millions of Americans in the teeth to make that same mistake again. So I hope they don’t do it.”
Meanwhile, the House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy recently chimed in with support for “legalization” (meaning no “path to citizenship”) which is a carefully worded politician’s dodge to avoid the truth. He was joining the strategy of Speaker Boehner (Obama’s amnesty poodle) to pretend that immediate work permits do not constitute rewards for foreign lawbreakers, even though stealing American jobs was the reason the aliens came in the first place. For that reason,
Legalization (with Work Permits) IS Amnesty.
Here are the Washington phone numbers of the House GOP leadership should you care to voice your concerns:
Speaker John Boehner – Phone: (202) 225-0600
Leader Eric Cantor — Phone: (202) 225-4000
Whip Kevin McCarthy — Phone (202) 225-0197
Is McCarthy testing the waters to see how far he can go? Perhaps he hasn’t heard from enough citizens who care about borders and sovereignty.
Kevin McCarthy backs path to legal status, Politico, January 21, 2014
The third-ranking House Republican is offering support for a path to legal status that would allow millions of undocumented immigrants in the country to work and pay their taxes.
In a new interview published late Tuesday, House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) hinted that those contours of legal status may be included in the immigration principles that House GOP leaders are poised to soon release.
“The principles aren’t combined or written out yet, but in my personal belief, I think you’ll go with legal status,” McCarthy told KBAK/KBFX Eyewitness News in Bakersfield, Calif. “That it will allow you to work [and] pay your taxes.”
McCarthy has expressed support for legal status before, but his comments take on renewed significance with the imminent release of immigration reform principles from House Republicans.
The document is expected to call for an uptick in border security and interior enforcement measures, a worker verification program for employers and earned legal status for the millions who are living in the country illegally – as well as key visa reforms and a system that will help track legal immigrants in the United States.
The principles will also state that immigration reform will be conducted on a piecemeal basis – broken up into several different bills, rather than the sweeping comprehensive legislation passed by the Senate last year.
As a top House Republican who represents a district with a wide swath of Latino residents and agricultural workers, McCarthy has faced significant pressure from immigration reform advocates to move on the issue.
McCarthy said he opposes an explicit pathway to citizenship, according to the Bakersfield news outlet. The Senate’s bill establishes a minimum 13-year pathway to citizenship for millions of qualifying undocumented immigrants, but many Republicans have said they oppose building a separate – or a “special” – track for those currently in the country illegally.
Instead, one proposal that has been discussed in the Capitol for months is legalizing current undocumented immigrants, and having them apply for citizenship through existing channels – such as family or employer sponsorship.