Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) gave the clearest indication that proponents of comprehensive immigration reform may make their final–and strongest–push to get legislation passed next year after House Republicans make it through their primaries.
“I think conventional wisdom is that time is not on our side,” McCain told reporters on Monday after an event in Chicago. “But there are a number of members of Congress who have primaries and when those primaries are done, they may be more inclined to address the issue of comprehensive immigration reform.”
President Barack Obama has urged Congress to pass immigration reform legislation this year. House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) is reportedly going to bring legislation to the floor within the next month and other House Republican leaders have indicated support for piecemeal pieces of legislation that can make it to conference with the Senate, where proponents and opponents of immigration reform had said a pathway to citizenship will prevail.
Why the hell do the the Congressional Republicans want to legalize a bunch of future Democrats?
While it is true that “immigration reform” is fairly popular, the term is ambiguous. Yes, people want to do something about the millions of illegal aliens in this country. Yes, people are willing to allow many of them to stay and eventually become citizens, especially the ones that came here as children and grew up here.
But amnesty remains unpopular, especially in GOP districts and “red” states. The GOP base is opposed to current immigration reform proposals. You would think that the GOP leadership would be doing everything they could to block immigration reform. But instead they are eager to pass amnesty!
The only thing stopping them is the GOP base.
Maybe this will explain it:
This morning, President Obama delivered a speech to the nation encouraging Congress to pass immigration reform before the end of the year. After quoting economic statistics to describe the positive impact reform will have on the nation, he noted “it is not just the right thing to do, but it is also the smart thing to do.” Citing broad support for reform from different sectors of society, including business leaders, he asked the nation to take a closer look at the polls: a clear majority of Americans think we should pass reforms.
The business community is traditionally considered to be politically conservative. Yet business leaders are generally viewed by activists to be a strong ally for immigration reform unlike conservatives in the House who oppose debating the Senate’s comprehensive immigration bill. Businesses need skilled workers to remain competitive and they want to be able to legally employ hard-working individuals with necessary talents no matter where they come from.
The business community is a traditional Republican constituency. What they lack in numbers they make up for in money. And they like cheap labor.
I am not a racist or a xenophobe. My ancestors were immigrants to this country. So were yours. Humans did not evolve here, they came here from other places.
The primary role of any government is to serve and protect its citizens. Maybe someday we will live in a world without borders, but that time isn’t here yet.
It makes absolutely no sense for us to employ immigrants when we have so many of our own people needing jobs. Yes, I have heard that old canard that immigrants take jobs that Americans won’t do. But if “poor” is synonymous with “black” (as the Vile Progs claim) then that canard is another way of saying that blacks are lazy.
I am a cynical pessimist. I know when the game is rigged and it is obvious that amnesty is a done deal and will pass with a bi-partisan consensus. But that don’t make it right.
For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat. – 2 Thessalonians 3:10