Immagration Reform: GOP Establishment backs themselves into a corner. Now they need Amnesty
What happens when you rush 1,000 pages of major legislation, written in a backroom by special interests, through the Senate? You get Obamacare. You will soon get Immigration reform. What happens when you’re too politically afraid to discuss the real issues behind your opposition to said legislation? You focus on politically popular objection that your opposition can easily defeat. Welcome to border security.
The GOP establishment has used border security as the rallying cry for defeating immigration reform. Most of the establishment GOP inside the beltway are still convinced we lost the last election because we didn’t capture enough of the hispanic vote. Their delusions grow more fantastic if they think granting amnesty to 11M illegal aliens will somehow play to their advantage. The Democrats have the infrastructure in place (Food Stamps, unemployment, Obamacare – which by the way includes voter registration when you sign up for it) to lure Central America to the Democratic party.
So the GOP runs around demanding border security. I don’t think they truly believe the border will be secured or that Obama will even attempt to enforce it. They simply want the air cover for the vote. They are cowards.
There are two underlying issues we SHOULD be debating as part of immigration reform. First, WHY? Why is this a burning issue? Really it shouldn’t be. There is no catalyst demanding this other than the Democrats sensing a window of opportunity ahead of the 2014 elections and a fractured GOP. More than Washington politics we need to ask ourselves WHY are we granting amnesty to 11M people who broke the law?
The intellectual rationale for this bill is about as weak as anything to come down the pike for years. And the so-called moral arguments for going along with this mass manufacturing of Americans don’t hold up well either. Conservatives need not be intimidated by those who argue we must extend amnesty to law-breakers in order to be “fair.” This may make sense to fair-minded Americans who sympathize with people looking for a better life (as I do). That is until you think about it. Are we to be fair to everyone on the planet who would prefer living in America to where they are, or just to those who have been bold enough to break our laws to get here and then announce to us what they are entitled to?
Most of the ‘problems’ with immigration could be solved by enforcing current legislation and updating guest worker visa programs. Also, why aren’t we putting more pressure on Mexico? There is a reason we don’t have 11M illegal Canadians in our country. Their nation has an economy. The largest concentration of Canadian immigrants can be found in the NHL.
Second and maybe most important – The Welfare State. This country can not afford the entitlements we currently provide. And that is BEFORE Obamacare. Now we want to extend these entitlements to Central America as well? Sarah Palin does a great job addressing this issue:
Passing this bill with an unsecured border and within a growing welfare state under Barack Obama is economic insanity. Have people already forgotten that our bankrupt government is running up massive unsustainable deficits every year? We can’t afford to pay the piper now, much less the trillions of dollars more in welfare and entitlements for the millions who are here illegally today that will be granted this bill’s benefits. According to the Heritage Foundation, the bill provides only a temporary delay in granting illegal immigrants eligibility for all U.S. welfare and entitlement programs. We’re looking at an explosion of costs in the very near future. There is no way to pay for the added untold millions of new enrollees in these growing government programs. Pass this, Congress, and Obama will have succeeded in fundamentally transforming America.
We are, as the President is fond of saying, a nation of Immigrants. We are also a nation of laws. It’s time we started remembering that.