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Yes, Virginia, (Dare) People Are Opposing Obama-Rubio Amnesty
Mark Sanford's easy victory in the South Carolina special election last night has dumbfounded the entire political class, including (needless to say) Washington Republicans. Our friend Jim Antle writes:
House Speaker John Boehner doesn’t seem very excited to have Sanford back?
(Canadian) Frum: Doing a job Americans afraid to do!
Jeff Sessions may be right! In a development as significant in the word of public controversy as seeing the first migrant birds of the season on the wing, punditry entrepreneur David Frum has dared to risk his privileged position at The Daily Beast and associated MSM perquisites by writing an immigration-skeptic column. As befits his NeoCon Royalty status, this was then picked up by Real Clear Politics today.
A Nonsense Consensus May 6, 2013 amusingly dwells on the same Euro row
Senator DeMint: :"...if people read the bill...it will be blocked..."
Although unadvertised, ABC’s This Week did in fact touch on the Amnesty Bill – a bit less than a fifth of the transcript (pages 5-7) deals with it. And I have to say former Senator DeMint went some way to redeeming himself.
DeMint rested his case entirely on bean counting:
…the study you'll see from Heritage this week presents the
H/T One Old Vet
I commend two excellent Gang of 8 Bill demolition kits.
Over at Powerline, John Hinderaker, who has been so little involved in the issue that we have only once referenced him in all these years, has produced the terse, penetrating, and extremely powerful Why the Immigration Bill Can’t Be Fixed May 2, 2013. An extract:
...In my view, the bill is flawed at its core, in multiple ways, and efforts to improve it are misguided. It cannot serve as a template for workable legislation. Here is why:
1. No bill that contains the word “comprehensive” in its title should be enacted.
...The 844-page “comprehensive immigration reform act” cannot be read and understood by anyone...
(Hinderaker is a practicing lawyer).
2. The bill does nothing about the central problem in our immigration system.
America’s most vital immigration issue relates to legal, not illegal, immigration. That is the insane policy of “chain immigration” that has been the law for several decades now...
3. “Triggers” are worthless.
…Can anyone name a statute in which such far-off triggers have been employed successfully? I can’t.
4. The bill puts vast discretion in the hands of Janet Napolitano and people like her.
… Why on Earth would Republicans agree to repose vast, unfettered discretion in the likes of Janet Napolitano, who have already publicly announced that they only intend to enforce the portions of federal law with which
Senator Jeff Sessions. Being able to think helps.
What (apart from courage) has allowed Alabama’s Senator Jeff Sessions emerge as the leading patriotic champion in this year’s Amnesty/Immigration Acceleration War is intellect. (This is not new).
In Sessions: 'Tide Is Beginning to Turn' Against Immigration Bill by Matthew Boyle Breitbart.com 1 May 2013 he observed
Professor [George] Borjas at Harvard, the leading expert on immigration and labor, has made so clear in his work that basically what he concludes is any benefit to this economy
Amnesty's Political Impact: "The Establishment Are Going To Wish They Hadn’t Started This Conversation."
Signs are growing that some Republicans can count!
WASHINGTON — Some feisty Republicans are challenging a claim widely held among GOP leaders that the party must support more liberal immigration laws if it’s to be more competitive in presidential elections.
These doubters say the Republican establishment has the political calculation backward. Immigration “reform,” they say, will mean millions of new Democratic-leaning voters by granting citizenship to large numbers of Hispanic immigrants now living illegally in the United States...
Drudge: "MSM blockade-breaking is why readers come to my site"
Increasingly it looks as if the good Drudge news is real – this immensely popular site (“Visits To Drudge…1,029,617,707 visits Past 31 Days”) seems to have shifted to running informative and provocative Amnesty stories once again.
As I write there are 4 up:
- REPORT: Immigration bill to bring in at least 33 million people...
which links to Immigration bill to bring in at least 33 million people, says group by Neil Munro The Daily Caller 04/26/2013
The pending Senate immigration bill would bring a minimum of 33 million people into the country during its first decade of operation, according to an analysis by NumbersUSA…By 2024, the inflow would include an estimated 9.2 million illegal immigrants, plus 2.5 million illegals who arrived as children — dubbed ‘Dreamers’ — plus roughly 3.4 million company-sponsored employees with university degrees, said the unreleased analysis
- Loopholes create fast-track...
which links to
One of our readers writes
I tuned to Rush Limbaugh from about 1:15 to 1:30 today. He reported on the Numbers USA estimate that 33 million immigrants would enter the country in the next 10 years if the amnesty bill passes. He discussed the bogus 11 million number promoted by the Gang of 8 and said he had never heard 11 million before. It was always 12 to 20 million. He said he guessed that 11 million sounds better than 20 million.
He also played a clip of McCain stating yesterday at a