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Boehner Resurrects Amnesty

John Boehner
Leave it to House Speaker John Boehner to resurrect the idea that a bill to grant amnesty to illegal aliens could be resurrected, and leave it to the establishment media, and even our friends at FOX News to somehow miss that important tidbit from Boehner’s Thursday news conference.

When asked if immigration “reform” was dead Boehner bristled and answered rhetorically, "Is immigration reform dead? Absolutely not.”

Now here’s the key point that the big media isn’t telling you.

The Speaker then said that House Republicans are still having private conversations on how to move forward, but stressed that it will address the issue with smaller individual bills rather than one sweeping bill like the one passed by the Senate.

In what Fusion media’s Jordan Fabian termed “a rare occurrence,” Boehner then praised President Barack Obama for reiterating that he’s open to passing an immigration overhaul in pieces—as long as every element of “reform” is included. 

"I was encouraged that the president said he wouldn't stand in the way of a step by step immigration reform,” Boehner said according to Fabian’s reporting. “The only way to make sure immigration reform works this time is to address these complicated issues one step at a time.”

As we pointed-out when President Obama first made the comment that he was open to a piecemeal approach to passing amnesty, his remark that his openness to a package of smaller bills was based solely on preserving amnesty and a “pathway to citizenship” as the central goals of the legislation.

The notion that Republicans can buy the votes of existing citizens of Hispanic heritage or gain the support of the formerly illegal aliens who would be newly enfranchised voters by legislating a pathway to citizenship and granting amnesty to some 11 million-plus illegals was thoroughly debunked by the First Lady of the conservative movement, Phyllis Schlafly in an incisive article for Townhall.

As Mrs. Schlafly pointed out, “The current level of legal immigration to America adds thousands of people every day whose views and experience are contrary to the conservative value of limited government… Under current law, 1.1 million new legal immigrants come in every year. The Congressional Budget Office projections indicate that amnesty, plus its scheduled increases in legal immigration, will add an additional 4.6 million new voters by 2014.”

More to the point, Phyllis Schlafly documented that “An enormous body of survey research shows that large majorities of recent immigrants, who are mostly Hispanic and Asian, hold liberal views on most policy issues and therefore vote Democratic two-to-one. Their motivation is not our immigration policy; it is economic issues.

“The 2008 National Annenberg Election Survey found that 62 percent of immigrants prefer a single government-run health care system. The 2010 Cooperative Congressional Election Study found that 69 percent of immigrants support Obamacare, and the Pew Research Center found that 75 percent of Hispanic and 55 percent of Asian immigrants support bigger government.”

 It is also worth noting a Harris poll Mrs. Schlafly cites that “found that 81 percent of native-born Americans believe the schools should teach students to be proud of being American, compared to only 50 percent of immigrants who had become naturalized U.S. citizens. Only 37 percent of naturalized citizens (compared to 67 percent of native-born citizens) think our Constitution has a higher legal authority than international law.

The Pew Research Center reported in 2011 that, of all groups surveyed, Hispanics have the most negative view of capitalism in America -- 55 percent. This is even higher than the supporters of Occupy Wall Street.”

What’s the bottom line in Mrs. Schafly’s article?

The data do not support the notion that immigrants are social conservatives. 

 As Mrs. Schlafly notes in quoting Heather MacDonald of the Manhattan Institute, "It is not immigration policy that creates the strong bond between Hispanics and the Democratic Party, but the core Democratic principles of a more generous safety net, strong government intervention in the economy, and progressive taxation." 

The current level of immigration, even without amnesty, will add nearly 15 million new potential voters by 2036, a large share of whom will favor the left. To allow this to happen will make Republicans a permanent minority party. 

Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho, summed-up the goals of Obama and the Democrats this way: "I think it would be crazy for the House Republican leadership to enter into negotiations with (Obama) on immigration, and I'm a proponent of immigration reform. ... He's trying to destroy the Republican Party, and I think that anything that we do right now with the president on immigration will be with that same goal in mind, which is to destroy the Republican Party and not to get good policies." 

Any legislation that grants amnesty and a pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens is political suicide for a Republican Party that holds American exceptionalism and  the rule of law as two of its central principles. If the Republican Party is to remain nationally competitive, it must defeat amnesty in every form.

To read Phyllis Schlafly’s article, “Amnesty Is Republican Party Suicide” in its entirety click this link.

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If Boehner thinks that he can deal with Obama on the subject he is wrong.
Obama will not honor any suggestions that the repub's bring to the conference
If Boehner thinks he can reason with Obama he is mistaken. he will sign his demise and all of his comrades, there wii be no turning back. The repuiblican houise is dead meat.


One thing for sure. The Republican Party cannot continue to dodge the issue. I would think that they would develop a proposal which would first close the borders. Enforce current federal law. Then look at what is needed.
I would recommend: to bring illegals into the open that the Republicans propose establishing an immigration Social Security system. Only make it alphabetic. Suggest that all immigrants here without proper or illegal documentation sign up without fear of deportation. Then provide them their Alpha(if necessary) numeric Social Security Cards. Require that identity and attachment to green card. Establish a first come first serve to start the process of getting in line for citizenship. Their income could them be taxed and their social security deduction placed in the new SS fund. This would provide an incentive for them to become part of the process and identify them as being here. Just some start up thoughts. Without taking on the issue without solutions is foolish.