“The new Congress has an opportunity to enhance America’s competitive workforce through immigration reform that will streamline the hiring process for high-skilled individuals entering the United States and by investing in STEM education and training.”Orrin Hatch: Put a conservative immigration bill on the agenda, Washington Post, January 6, 2015Immigration patriots must be cautious about the GOP leadership’s willingness to fight. The entire plan hinges on allowing a temporary shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security. And GOP leaders have already expressed their desire to surrender if the alternative is a government shutdown.In the wake of the shootings in France, it may be that the GOP leadership is even less anxious to be seen as responsible for even a temporary closure of DHS. [GOP’s DHS de-funding gambit for immigration executive orders might be in trouble, by Rick Moran, American Thinker, January 11, 2015]. This is particularly true in the Senate, where Republicans have far less stomach for a fight and Senators like Dean Heller of Nevada want to make sure “we do it in the right manner, and we don’t do it in a way that is offensive.” [House GOP’s immigration problem: No path to 60 in Senate, by Manu Raju and Seung Min Kim, Politico, January 9, 2015]Which is why Byron York of the Washington Examiner is already predicting Republican failure. He thinks the GOP should have limited its challenge just to Obama’s latest executive action. And York notes ominously:
There is some dark talk in the Capitol that it's all intentional, that the House leadership is sabotaging its own amendments, structuring them to make them unpassable in the Senate, because it really doesn't want to overturn the president's action. "It's sending a bill to the Senate that is designed not to pass the Senate," says one GOP congressional aide, "because members who are on the fence, whose votes we could have gotten, are going to know they have a pretext to vote no." At the least, such talk is a measure of the distrust of leadership that prevails in some House and Senate circles.The coming Republican failure on immigration, January 11, 2015Boehner’s retaliation against intraparty rivals after the failed conservative insurgency against him shows that he is quite capable of such unscrupulousness. [Boehner learns leadership tricks from ‘House of Cards,’ by Rusty Humphries, Washington Times, January 7, 2015] And if conservatives lose spectacularly on immigration, Boehner may have fewer threats to his power, especially now that his whip Steve Scalise is still under attack and utterly dependent on the Speaker for his political survival.But if Boehner is indeed operating in bad faith, he may be being too clever by half. House Republicans will finally be forced to vote, on the record, for or against a bill that contains the common sense measures that immigration patriots want. They will not be able to avoid confronting the substance of an Amnesty/Immigration Surge and limit themselves to griping about the method. The Aderholt bill will become the surest way of separating the wheat from the chaff.And immigration patriots need not let themselves be fobbed off with this one vote. As we have outlined at VDARE.com, creative legislation protecting DHS employees who try to enforce the law can force the kind of crisis that Barack Obama’s unworkable amnesty cannot afford. And other policy initiatives on popular causes like establishing English as the official national language or ending birthright citizenship could be a wedge issues against the Democratic minority.Finally, impeachment remains the appropriate and realistic way of confronting a lawless executive because it would force a simple up and down vote on the legality of President Obama’s policies. And Obama, who appears to be a raging case of narcissistic Expectations Syndrome, is quite arrogant enough to force this by unilateral action in some area the Beltway Right’s corporate masters really care about, like environmental regulation.The Republican leadership may have found religion, or they may be displaying the kind of political Machiavellianism that the Beltway Right generally seems only willing to use against its own base.But either way, the cowardly Republican leadership and the smug Democratic minority are playing with fire by giving American patriots an opportunity to be heard.
James Kirkpatrick [Email him] is a Beltway veteran and a refugee from Conservatism Inc.