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Do You Believe Amnesty Is Dead?

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House Speaker John Boehner has all but ruled out passage of immigration legislation before this fall’s elections, saying last Thursday that it would be difficult for the Republican-led House to act on the issue that President Barack Obama has made a top domestic priority.

Why is it that no outside observers of the process appear to believe Boehner?

From talk radio powerhouse Mark Levin, to Senator Jeff Sessions and other conservative supporters of the rule of law and American exceptionalism, to Victor Davis Hanson and other conservative commentators, to NumbersUSA, the Eagle Forum and other organizations that do policy work on immigration and amnesty, you can’t find a major voice saying, “Wow, Boehner sure saved us on that one, guess we can fold our tents and stop worrying about amnesty for the rest of the 113th Congress.”

Our friend Chris Chmielenski at NumbersUSA pretty well summed-up the state of play on Capitol Hill when he noted that just this week, a subsidiary of Facebook tycoon Mark Zuckerberg’s pro-amnesty FWD.us, Americans for a Conservative Direction, launched a $750,000 television ad campaign to sell the “Immigration Principles” revealed by Republican “leaders” at the recent House GOP retreat. 

If immigration “reform” and amnesty are dead, why is FWD.us and Americans for a Conservative Direction spending $750,000 on an ad buy promoting “dead” legislation? 

Interestingly, the ad doesn't even mention their call for more foreign workers; it instead focuses on the enforcement and amnesty provisions in the principles. But both FWD.us and Americans for a Conservative Direction list amnesty and foreign worker increases as part of their objectives.

Chmielenski is right on target when he noted that while President Obama continues to talk about income inequality and the shrinking middle class, he and Speaker Boehner, among others, are helping the tech tycoons protect their cheap workforce and servant class by advancing amnesty and a vast expansion of the H-1B business visa program.

Mark Levin was equally skeptical last week during one of his hard hitting radio programs on illegal immigration and amnesty. 

As Levin put it, since the Republican Party has given up on fighting Obamacare, they have now moved to amnesty as they clearly don't mind that in doing so they are tearing apart the foundation of the country.  

Seeming to anticipate Speaker Boehner’s comment: “The American people, including many of my members, don’t trust that the reform that we’re talking about will be implemented as it was intended to be,” citing executive actions by the Obama administration that have changed or delayed the carrying out of the president’s health care law, Levin said we have a lawless President who refuses to secure the border and can't be trusted on the immigration issue.

Mark Levin’s take is that we need a new Republican Party - Boehner, Cantor, McCarthy are all lost causes.  If the House GOP “leadership” gets its way and amnesty passes Levin says that the federal courts will find a way to grant citizenship and once they do, political pressure will greatly expand and eventually we'll have blanket amnesty. 

We’re with Mark Levin and Chris Chmielenski of NumbersUSA on this, but we have a slightly different take on Boehner’s comments about trust.

When Boehner said “The reason I said we need a step-by-step common-sense approach to this is so we can build trust with the American people that we’re doing this the right way, and, frankly, one of the biggest obstacles we face is the one of trust” everyone thought he was talking about trust in President Obama. 

Judging by the commentary since the House GOP “leadership” announced their immigration “principles” it isn’t Obama whose trust is at issue – he lost that a long time ago. What’s at issue is the last remaining vestige of trust the American people have in the House Republicans.

The push for “legal status” for illegal aliens (amnesty by another name) is rapidly eroding what little trust the House GOP “leadership” retains because no one believes that amnesty is dead for this Congress, and they don’t trust Boehner, Cantor and McCarthy not to bring it back once the Republican primary season is over.

Here's the list of the 80 House Republicans who still haven't firmly opposed amnesty for illegal immigrants. Call them now.

Alaska:
Young, Donald: (202) 225-5765
Alabama:
Byrne, Bradley, AL-01, (202) 225-4931
Bachus, Spencer, AL-06, (202) 225-4921
Arkansas:
Griffin, Tim, AR-02, (202) 225-2506
California:
LaMalfa, Doug, CA-01, (202) 225-3076
Nunes, Devin, CA-22, (202) 225-2523
McCarthy, Kevin, CA-23, (202) 225-2915
McKeon, Buck, CA-25, (202) 225-1956
Calvert, Ken, CA-42, (202) 225-1986
Issa, Darrell, CA-49, (202) 225-3906
Colorado:
Gardner, Cory, CO-04, (202) 225-4676
Lamborn, Doug, CO-05, (202) 225-4422
Florida:
Webster, Daniel, FL-10, (202) 225-2176
Idaho:
Simpson, Mike, ID-02, (202) 225-5531
Illinois:
Davis, Rodney L, IL-13, (202) 225-2371
Kinzinger, Adam, IL-16,(202) 225-3635
Roskam, Peter, IL-06, (202) 225-4561
Schock, Aaron, IL-18, (202) 225-6201
Shimkus, John, IL-15, (202) 225-5271
Indiana:
Messer, Luke, IN-06, (202) 225-3021 
Walorski, Jackie, IN-02, (202) 225-3915
Young, Todd, IN-09, (202) 225-5315
Iowa:
Latham, Tom, IA-03, (202) 225-5476
Kentucky:
Barr, Andy, KY-06, (202) 225-4706
Guthrie, Brett, KY-02, (202) 225-3501
Rogers, Hal, KY-05,(202) 225-4601
Louisiana:
Boustany, Charles, LA-03, (202) 225-2031
McAllister, Vance, LA-05, (202) 225-8490
Michigan:
Amash, Justin, MI-03, (202) 225-3831
Huizenga, Bill, MI-02, (202) 225-4401
Miller, Candice, MI-10, (202) 225-2106
Upton, Fred, MI-06, (202) 225-3761
Minnesota:
Kline, John, MN-02, (202) 225-2271
Missouri:
Wagner, Ann, MO-02, (202) 225-1621
Nevada:
Amodei, Mark, NV-02, (202) 225-6155
Heck, Joe, NV-03, (202) 225-3252
New Jersey:
LoBiondo, Frank, NJ-02, (202) 225-6572
Lance, Leonard, NJ-07, (202) 225-5361
Runyan, Jon, NJ-03, (202) 225-4765
Smith, Christopher, NJ-04, (202) 225-3765
New York:
Grimm, Michael, NY-11, (202) 225-3371
Hanna, Richard, NY-22, (202) 225-3665
King, Peter, NY-02, (202) 225-7896
Reed, Tom, NY-23, (202) 225-3161
North Carolina:
Holding, George, NC-13, (202) 225-3032
Ohio:
Boehner, John, OH-08, (202) 225-6205 
Johnson, Bill, OH-06, (202) 225-5705
Renacci, Jim, OH-16, (202) 225-3876
Tiberi, Pat, OH-12, (202) 225-5355
Oklahoma:
Lankford, James, OK-05, (202) 225-2132
Oregon:
Walden, Greg, OR-02, (202) 225-6730
Pennsylvania:
Dent, Charlie, PA-15, (202) 225-6411
Gerlach, Jim, PA-06, (202) 225-4315
Marino, Tom, PA-10, (202) 225-3731
Meehan, Patrick, PA-07, (202) 225-2011
Murphy, Tim, PA-18, (202) 225-2301
Thompson, Glenn, PA-05, (202) 225-5121
South Carolina:
Gowdy, Trey, SC-04, (202) 225-6030
South Dakota:
Noem, Kristi, SD, (202) 225-2801
Texas:
Brady, Kevin, TX-08, (202) 225-4901
Carter, John, TX-31, (202) 225-3864
Farenthold, Blake, TX-27, (202) 225-7742
Granger, Kay, TX-12, (202) 225-5071
Johnson, Sam, TX-03, (202) 225-4201
McCaul, Michael, TX-10, (202) 225-2401
Poe, Ted, TX-02, (202) 225-6565
Sessions, Pete, TX-32, (202) 225-2231
Williams, Roger, TX-25, (202) 225-9896
Utah:
Chaffetz, Jason, UT-03, (202) 225-7751
Virginia:
Cantor, Eric, VA-07, (202) 225-2815
Griffith, Morgan, VA-09, (202) 225-3861
Goodlatte, Bob, VA-06, (202) 225-5431
Hurt, Robert, VA-05, (202) 225-4711
Rigell, Scott, VA-02, (202) 225-4215
Washington:
Hastings, Doc, WA-04, (202) 225-5816
Herrera Beutler, Jaime, WA-03,(202) 225-3536
McMorris Rodgers, Cathy, WA-05, (202) 225-2006
Reichert, Dave, WA-08, (202) 225-7761
Wisconsin:
Duffy, Sean, WI-07, (202) 225-3365
Ribble, Reid, WI-08, (202) 225-5665
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