The Intransigent Conservative
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Immigration Reform - No to Amnesty!
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reports on the bipartisan “Gang of Eight” senators who agreed to an immigration reform framework that includes amnesty for illegal aliens.
“The principles agreed upon by this ‘Gang of Eight’ include enhancing border security and cracking down on businesses that employ undocumented immigrants. The outline also proposes making it easier for foreigners to come to the United States legally to work or join their families.”
“Senate staff from both parties characterized the document as a broad statement of principles rather than concrete legislative language, and one aide said that the group aims to have
an actual piece of legislation ready as early as the end of March
“Under the 'Gang of Eight’ plan, undocumented immigrants would be required to register with the federal government. Those without a criminal record would be eligible for
‘probationary legal status’
if they pass a background check and pay fines and back taxes.
The status would allow them to live and work legally in the U.S.
, but they would remain ineligible for federal benefits such as welfare or Medicaid.”
“At the same time, the government would spend more to prevent illegal border crossings in part by increasing the use of unmanned drones and hiring more border agents. It would also implement a new system to prevent people from overstaying their visas, a main source of illegal immigration.
Those undocumented immigrants with criminal records would be subject to deportation
Senators' Immigration Reform FrameworkA bipartisan group of senators has agreed to an immigration reform framework that includes a pathway to citizenship for the undocumented,...
Gang of 8Brian_Empric
Sen. John McCain on Monday with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer: “I’m not sure if it’s quote politics, but it’s certainly the realization that if we continue to polarize the Latino slash Hispanic vote that the demographics indicate that
our chances for being in the majority are minimal
. I’m sure that this is a factor because many of us believe that they are a natural constituency of ours; small business, less regulation, big service in the military, pro-life, all of those reasons.
But this issue of illegal immigration has obviously been a major driving factor in the decision making of the Hispanic voter.
Watch the segment via CNN and
John McCain: Without Backing Immigration Reform, 'Our Chances Of Being In The Majority Are Minimal' | MediaiteSen. John McCain (R-AZ) joined CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer on Monday to explain his support for a bipartisan effort to reform the immigration...
report that the White House praised the “Gang of Eight” plan, but with House Republicans, who usually oppose a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants, “
it landed with a thud
“Some House Republicans have come around to supporting ‘amnesty’ or a pathway to citizenship for the millions of illegal immigrants already in the country who could seek legal residency under the Senate plan.
But there are still hardline conservatives who oppose it and will undoubtedly make the Senate plan a tough sell in the House
. And the Senate plan could fall apart before it even gets there.”
“Immigration is a delicate political issue for Republicans. If the Senate passes a bill, the House will feel political pressure to take it up, lest they cement their image as Washington's obstructionists. But it isn’t likely to be a speedy process as Boehner (R-Ohio) has promised that legislation will move through regular order,
meaning committee hearings and markups that could produce a completely different product
Immigration tough sell in GOP House - Jake Sherman and Ginger GibsonThe Senate’s bipartisan immigration reform plan was lauded by the White House and advocacy groups around town on Monday. But with H...
The conservative Republicans in the House are right to be skeptical of any plan that provides amnesty,
since history shows that this policy does not help Republicans politically
, and is certainly no panacea that leads to future electoral victories. Amnesty is just another big government program
that adds more poor people
to the already massive welfare state.
In reality, open borders with lax security effectively import Democratic voters and maximize their advantage. Because of the Citizenship Clause in the Fourteenth Amendment,
automatic birthright citizenship
is granted to all people born in the United States, regardless of the alienage of the parents, which, like amnesty,
serves as a magnet that attracts more illegal immigrants
. In August 2010,
the Pew Hispanic Center
estimated that 340,000 babies in 2008 were the offspring of illegal immigrants, and
4 million U.S.-born children of illegal immigrant parents
resided in this country in 2009.
In his October 21, 1984 debate with Walter Mondale,
Ronald Reagan supported amnesty
: “I believe in the idea of amnesty for those who have put down roots and who have lived here even though sometime back they may have entered illegally.”
In 1986, Reagan reluctantly signed the
, which legalized
approximately three million illegal aliens
. Simpson-Mazzoli required employers to verify the immigration status of employees, and criminalized knowingly hiring an illegal alien. However, the law did not stop calls for more amnesties
and did not swell Hispanic support for Republicans
Since Simpson-Mazzoli, the Republican presidential candidate has exceeded Reagan’s share of the Hispanic vote (37% in his re-election)
in only 1 out of 7 elections
. The Democratic advantage with this constituency is
no matter who is running, or what their position is on amnesty and comprehensive immigration reform.
In George W. Bush’s
2004 State of the Union Address
, he supported a temporary-worker program: “Tonight I also ask you to reform our immigration laws so they reflect our values and benefit our economy. I propose a new temporary-worker program to match willing foreign workers with willing employers when no Americans can be found to fill the job. This reform will be good for our economy, because employers will find needed workers in an honest and orderly system. A temporary-worker program will help protect our homeland, allowing border patrol and law enforcement to focus on true threats to our national security. I oppose amnesty, because it would encourage further illegal immigration and unfairly reward those who break our laws.
My temporary-worker program will preserve the citizenship path for those who respect the law
, while bringing millions of hardworking men and women out from the shadows of American life.”
In John McCain’s
2008 speech to NALEO
, he likewise promoted a comprehensive change: “I and many other colleagues twice attempted to pass comprehensive immigration legislation to fix our broken borders; ensure respect for the laws of this country; recognize the important economic necessity of immigrant laborers; apprehend those who came here illegally to commit crimes; and
deal practically and humanely with those who came here
, as my distant ancestors did, to build a better, safer life for their families, without excusing the fact they came here illegally or granting them privileges before those who did.”
Pew Hispanic CenterBrian_Empric
So why don’t Hispanics vote for Republicans?
Heather Mac Donald
“The call for Republicans to discard their opposition to immigration amnesty will grow deafening in the wake of President Obama’s victory. Hispanics supported Obama by a margin of nearly 75 percent to 25 percent, and may have provided important margins in some swing states.
If only Republicans relented on their Neanderthal views regarding the immigration rule of law, the message will run, they would release the inner Republican waiting to emerge in the Hispanic population.
“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
… And a strong reason for that support for big government is that so many Hispanics use government programs.”
The idea of the ‘social issues’ Hispanic voter is also a mirage.
A majority of Hispanics now support gay marriage, a Pew Research Center poll from (October) found. The Hispanic out-of-wedlock birth rate is 53 percent, about twice that of whites.”
“A Fox News Latino poll in September 2012 found that
62 percent of likely Latino voters backed President Obama’s handling of health care
, including the Affordable Care Act. Only 25 percent of those voters wanted the act repealed. The Catholic Church’s strong opposition to the bill’s contraception mandate did not tip the Latino scales against it, dealing another blow to
the myth of the ‘social values’ Hispanic conservative
“Rather than solving the Republican party’s alleged Hispanic problem, the suddenly popular immigration amnesty
could exacerbate it
. Those who oppose amnesty do so on two grounds: a revulsion against violations of the rule of law and a fear that an amnesty will attract more illegal immigrants to the country, as previous amnesties in Europe and the U.S. have done.
Those illegal immigrants who are drawn in by the hope of yet another future amnesty will be precisely that category of immigrant which now provides an ever-growing base for the Democratic party
— low-skilled individuals who disproportionately consume government services and who lack the social capital to reliably inoculate their children against America’s underclass culture.”
Why Hispanics Don't Vote for RepublicansHeather Mac Donald writes on NRO: The call for Republicans to discard their opposition to immigration amnesty will grow deafening in the ...
Re: Why Hispanics Don't Vote for RepublicansHeather Mac Donald writes on NRO: To follow up on the question of whether Hispanics are held back from their natural Republican affinitie...
Rachel Campos-Duffy, the Mexican-American wife of Wisconsin Republican Congressman Sean Duffy (
and cast member on The Real World: San Francisco in 1994
), agrees that a quick-fix amnesty solution will do more harm than good for Republicans:
“Yes, we have a serious problem with Hispanics… But the quick-fix immigration solutions now being offered by the likes of Charles Krauthammer and other establishment-elites figures are an over-correction, do not actually address the root of the problem, and, frankly,
may even accelerate our losses in the crucial Hispanic demographic
Hispanics rank immigration fourth in their list of concerns
, behind the economy, education, and health care.”
“Hispanics come to America for the American Dream. They are ‘trabajadores,’ and you would be hard pressed to find an American farmer, contractor, or restaurant owner who would not testify to their work ethic. Unfortunately, the communities in which they live and work
are teeming with liberal activists
… All of these activist groups and institutions have a common ideology and an affinity for big and centralized government, and of course, entitlements.
They go out of their way to sign folks up and to begin the cycle of government dependency
“The sad fact is that these activists operate
. The voices of economic freedom, personal responsibility, and self-determination are virtually nonexistent in Hispanic communities and media… Meanwhile, since Republicans and conservatives prefer D.C. think tanks and expensive ad buys to the long, hard, dowdy work of community organizing,
we’ve effectively ceded these communities and the culture that surrounds them to the Left
“The irony of the now trendy quick-fix solutions of immigration and amnesty among GOP and conservative elites is that these short-term solutions
may actually worsen our problem with Hispanics
… without conservatives on the ground, educating and organizing on behalf of our values,
we’ll just be helping the Left increase its numbers
Read my column on NRO. Tell me if u agree with my strategy on attracting Hispanics 2 GOP?http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/333319/gop-s-hispanic-opportunity-rachel-campos-duffyRachel Campos-Duffy
Victor Davis Hanson (
) also writes that Republicans are right to worry about the Latino vote, but the wrong solution would be worse than none.
“Postelection panic among conservatives about the Latino vote
has reached the point of absurdity
— and mostly reveals the naïveté of detached political grandees who know little about the ideology and motivations of those they are now supposed to adroitly woo.”
“In the first place, why do Republicans think their conservative message is a natural one for the majority of contemporary Latinos/Hispanics — rubrics that strangely now include everyone from Cubans and upscale Argentinians to Oaxacan indigenous peoples and Hondurans? In truth,
the vast majority of Latinos who vote overwhelmingly Democratic is made up of poorer immigrants from Central America and Mexico
rather than Marco Rubio–like second-generation Cuban-Americans.”
“Second, the ‘grand bargain’ on comprehensive immigration reform envisions ending illegal immigration but granting amnesty to, at least, those who were brought here as children and are still under 25, in school or in the military, and without a criminal record.
But why do Republicans think Latinos are in any significant way opposed to continuing illegal immigration?
... An expectation of cyclical amnesty or a general unwillingness of Americans to enforce their own laws is a magnet for millions in Latin America.”
For all practical purposes, ‘comprehensive reform’ means granting amnesty but also leaving the border fence uncompleted, having a guest-worker program, and issuing green cards to millions of illegal residents.
“For all the talk of family values and natural conservatism,
there is not much evidence that rates of illegitimacy, crime, or divorce are much lower among Latinos than among the general population
, and plenty of reason to believe that they may in fact be higher than averages among whites and Asians. Issues like abortion, gay marriage, and environmentalism have been successfully welded by the Latino leadership into a liberal package —
at best, the price that Latino elites pay to white liberal counterparts for their support of amnesty and generous entitlements
; at worst, because they believe these issues are a thorn in the side of the status quo establishment.”
What, then, should Republicans do?
Stick to their melting-pot principles and apply them across the board, regardless of race and tribe, emphasizing the content of our characters rather than the color of our skins.”
“The success of the Obama campaign in capturing the minority vote was not due to a Republican failure to have minority voices (cf. the party’s multiracial convention), nor was it due to opposition to the DREAM Act, but rather to a moral failure on the part of Republicans (not even a mild rebuke to Joseph Lowery’s racist rant?)
to demonstrate that those who were building racial divisions for political advantage were themselves the real racists
The Latino-Vote ObsessionVictor Davis Hanson writes on NRO: Postelection panic among conservatives about the Latino vote has reached the point of absurdity - and ...
Mark Hugo Lopez
analyze the exit polls and Latino voters in the last election:
“Obama carried Florida’s Hispanic vote 60% to 39%, an improvement over his 57% to 42% showing in 2008. Also, Hispanics made up 17% of the Florida electorate this year, up from 14% in 2008.
“The state’s growing non-Cuban population—
especially growth in the Puerto Rican population in central Florida
—contributed to the president’s improved showing among Hispanic voters. This year, according to the Florida exit poll, 34% of Hispanic voters were Cuban while 57% were non-Cuban.
Among Cuban voters, the vote was split—49% supported Obama while 47% supported Romney
. Among the state’s non-Cuban voters,
Obama won 66% versus 34% for Romney
“For Hispanic voters, according to the national exit poll,
60% identified the economy as the most important issue
(of four listed) facing the country today, virtually the same as the share (59%) of the general electorate that identified the economy as the nation’s most important issue. On the other three issues asked about, for Hispanic voters, the economy was followed by health care (18%), the federal budget deficit (11%) and foreign policy (6%).
“Throughout this election cycle, the issue of immigration has been an important issue for Hispanics. In the national exit poll, voters were asked about what should happen to unauthorized immigrants working in the U.S. According to the national exit poll,
77% of Hispanic voters said these immigrants should be offered a chance to apply for legal status
while 18% said these immigrants should be deported.”
“According to the national exit poll, Hispanic women supported Obama more than Hispanic males—
76% versus 65%
“Among Latino voters whose total family income is below $50,000,
82% voted for Obama while 17% voted for Romney
. Among Latino voters with family incomes of $50,000 or more, 59% voted for Obama while 39% voted for Romney.”
Obama won 71% of #Hispanic vote, the highest since Bill Clinton won 72% in 1996 http://pewrsr.ch/UwZC6l http://pic.twitter.com/mfS9jFaLPew Hispanic Center
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