Originally published at American Thinker, February 4, 2014


The Republican Party is pushing immigration reform, and the GOP's new apparent political adviser, Chuck Schumer, gleefully approves.  Next, the Democrat senator will be advising the party on gun control, government spending, abortion and homosexual marriage.


We finally have a news cycle that exposes Obama and his socialist Democrats' biggest blunder, the absolute worst piece of legislation in the history of the nation -- Obamacare.  And the GOP's response is to divert national attention to an illegal immigration reform plan that most Americans adamantly oppose.  Is the Republican leadership insane?


The editors at National Review call the GOP immigration reform push "one of the most mystifyingly stupid misadventures in recent congressional history."  The GOP establishment (GOPe) doesn't need to be handing the media issues to flog us with.  The party needs to focus on winning elections, and that means flogging the Democrats with issues that matter -- jobs, Obamacare, and government spending -- day after day.  But Speaker Boehner is forcing the issue of immigration to the front burner, instead of issues Americans desperately care about. 

"Day after the 2012 election, I said it's time for Congress and the president to deal with this very important issue," Boehner said at a morning news conference.  "I think it's time to deal with it."


John Boehner is bumbling around doing the bidding of the last powerful interest group who talked to him, the Chamber of Commerce.  Mitch McConnell is in hiding again, but he'll be in favor of whatever gains him the most politically.  Even the new young leadership of the Republican Party, Eric Cantor and Paul Ryan, are loudly hawking immigration reform.  And Juan McCain -- a GOPe former presidential candidate -- is champing at the burrito to lead the Gang of Eight back for another charge at amnesty.


It's Déjà vu All Over Again


It's not like we haven't been down this road before.  President Reagan signed the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, and immediately afterwards the United States was inundated under a flood of illegal aliens, which forever changed the character and face of America.


What were the essential elements of the 1986 immigration reform act?  They were to:


1.     Prohibit the hiring of illegal immigrants 

2.     Provide new resources for border enforcement along the Mexican border 

3.     Offer amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants already in the country.


Sound familiar?  These are essentially the same "reforms" the GOPe and Democrats are now pushing.  We've been there and done that.  Americans have the t-shirt, the tattoo, and the scar.


Can we believe the current House proposal would survive reconciliation with a Senate version?  Never happen.  Boehner currently says he won't support amnesty.  Who can believe him?  Who trusts Harry Reid and the Senate?  And who trusts this president not to interpret congressional reform legislation any way he choses?


None of the 1986 reforms worked as intended -- unless you're a Democrat seeking new voters to advance socialism or an employer eager to exploit cheap labor.  Back in 1986, the Act contemplated three to five million illegal aliens.  Today we're talking about a staggering twelve million more.  Here's what former Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) had to say about the 1986 act he voted for, 

"I thought then that taking care of three million people illegally in the country would solve the problem once and for all," Mr. Grassley said.  "I found out, however, if you reward illegality, you get more of it.  Today, as everybody has generally agreed, we have 12 million people here illegally."


For the vast majority of Americans, the 1986 amnesty was a complete and utter disaster, forever changing the economy, the character and the spirit of our nation.  The terrible damage it has done to workers, wages, our schools, hospitals, public welfare agencies, and society is almost unfathomable.  And now the Republicans want to help the Democrats do it again?


If You Reward Illegality You Get More of It


If Congress passes yet another "immigration reform" act, we could be rubbing elbows with forty-eight million illegal aliens in the United States by 2040.  Socialist economies in Latin America, as elsewhere, manufacture refugees.  Desperate people will flee to El Norte in vast numbers.  They will overwhelm us -- unless we end illegal immigration as we know it and impose strict border control.  We need to enforce the laws we already have, not create new ones.


Americans don't want immigration "reform" and we don't trust our government to do it properly anyway.  A new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll showed that just 39 percent of Americans thought immigration reform was a priority.  A whopping 91 percent said that job creation should be the government's number one priority.  In an article entitled, Americans Just Aren't That Into Immigration, the National Journal summarized the poll results this way, 

When you look at the NBC News poll numbers, it's simple to make the political case for the Republicans who urge further reform procrastination.  The party genuinely does face big risks in pursuing this kind of partial reform.  A recent Pew Research poll found that 68 percent of Republicans believe that offering a path to legal status would reward illegal behavior, and 72 percent say it'd be a drain on government services. 


Republican Party Suicide Watch


Ronald Mortensen asks the question, "Will Boehner Lose the House by Shifting the Focus from Obamacare to Amnesty for Illegal Aliens?"  I believe we could lose the House, the Senate, and everything we hold dear.


Ann Coulter recently penned an article that likened the GOP's spastic lunge for immigration reform to electoral suicide, 

As House Republicans prepare to sell out the country on immigration this week, Phyllis Schlafly has produced a stunning report on how immigration is changing the country.  The report is still embargoed, but someone slipped me a copy, and it's too important to wait.


Citing surveys from the Pew Research Center, the Pew Hispanic Center, Gallup, NBC News, Harris polling, the Annenberg Policy Center, Latino Decisions, the Center for Immigration Studies and the Hudson Institute, Schlafly's report overwhelmingly demonstrates that merely continuing our current immigration policies spells doom for the Republican Party.


Pat Buchanan has written several books that shed light on the destructive effects of our disastrous immigration policies.  He is a serious student of the issue and recently said that the GOP lost middle-America in part because of its immigration policies. 

Almost all of those breaking our laws, crossing the border and overstaying their visas are young, poor or working class.  Between 80 and 90 percent are from Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America.


They are Third World peoples.  They believe in government action and government programs that provide their families with free education, health care, housing, food and income subsidies.  


The Chamber of Commerce and the GOPe know full well their version of immigration reform means demographic suicide for the white majority and the Republican Party.  They know this. And yet they proceed with it.


The Final Last Straw


Is it time at long last for conservative voters to turn our backs on the Republican Party and form a new party?


If we rally around a new conservative party, centered around constitutional and traditional American values, we could be in the political wilderness for the decade or so it would take to become competitive.  That means America's de facto socialist party, the Democratic Party, will have free rein and complete control over all branches of government, the media, academia and -- increasingly -- over larger swaths of business and industry.  The socialists could complete the destruction of our constitutional republic in that time.  That's the risk we take if we say adios to the Republican Party.


Most Americans I know want a halt to all immigration, at least until we can gain control of what we have now.  We want the borders secure, immigration halted from terrorist countries, a complete halt to all U.N. refugee programs, and deportation of all illegal aliens.


I've been a holdout for years, believing we should try to reform the Republican Party because forming a new party was just too precarious a path to take.  But if the GOPe is going to betray the American people and undermine the future of this nation, then who needs them? We're no longer on the same side.


Amnesty is political suicide for the Republican Party and national suicide for the country.  Millions of conservatives view amnesty as the ultimate act of betrayal.  And if John Boehner, John McCain, Paul Ryan, Eric Cantor, and their ilk, play into Obama's hands on immigration, we will turn our backs on the Republican Party forever.  It will be the final last straw.


J.T. Hatter is the author of Lost in Zombieland: The Rise of President Zero, a political satire on the Obama administration

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Comment by Linny Redd on February 5, 2014 at 6:54pm

The "Republican Party" is no longer serving the Conservative Heartland of American.  Deal with it! LET IT GO!

We need a NEW HOME  FOR THE PATRIOTIC CONSERVATIVES.  Dump these self-serving corrupt politicians

of the GOP!  Allow only fully vetted and proven committed candidates to represent us. Let us employ means to hold

these people actually accountable to our Constitutional purposes. We have a majority, we just need to RALLY it under

a clear name, clean LEADERS, and charge forth with strong tactics to oust the garbage from "DC" govment. No

more passively waited for "DC" to sock it to us!  Wake yourselves up, people!

Comment by Tea Party California Council on February 5, 2014 at 1:09pm

First, I am first generation Hispanic American with parents who went to the lengthy effort to qualify to enter the U.S. through legal protocol and became U.S. citizens.  Not once, not one penny did either of them extract from tax payers' or charitable resources for their survival and livelihood. In fact, even now my post 90 year old mother pays enough taxes to subsidize government handout services for undocumented aliens, for unemployable young adults, for criminals and their welfare dependent relatives and for subsidized corporations and wealthy legislators working part time on our behalf.  Not one member in my family clan favors amnesty.  Afterall, we still cannot afford to hire cheap salaried illegal immigrants for our benefit, so why should we pay more taxes to support an infrastructure to enable the financial elite hire cheap labor in place of paying wages plus benefits to longtime unemployed U.S. citizens still in severe poverty?  Government deficits exist, in part, because the wrong populations in our nation are recipients of monies which should best be invested in more patriotic U.S. citizens.

Comment by D.B.S. on February 5, 2014 at 10:11am

"Day after the 2012 election, I said it's time for Congress and the president to deal with this very important issue," Boehner said at a morning news conference.  "I think it's time to deal with it."


What a moron. It's time to END 'it' not 'deal with it'.

Comment by Mangus Colorado on February 5, 2014 at 9:53am

From today's Wall Street Journal - - letter to editor

The GOP Should Be Wary of An Immigration 'Breakout'
With ObamaCare weighing down Democrats, Republicans would be making a move of colossally idiotic proportions to hand the president a substantial legislative victory to change the subject.



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Feb. 4, 2014 3:52 p.m. ET
Regarding your editorial "Immigration Breakout" (Jan. 30): American citizenship is a privilege, not a right, and handing it out en masse to illegal immigrants is simply indefensible. They do have a "path to citizenship" today and will continue to do so under a plan that provides legalization without a path to citizenship: the current legal process.

As faulty as the policy logic is, however, the political logic is worse. Leave aside the fact that immigration is unimportant to most voters. With ObamaCare sucking the oxygen out of the political atmosphere and weighing down Democrats nationwide, Republicans would be making a move of colossally idiotic proportions to hand the president a substantial legislative victory to change the subject. Furthermore, the notion that ethnic pandering will buy Latino votes is dubious at best. More certain is the catastrophic and lasting damage it would inflict on the Republican coalition. At a minimum, grass-roots conservatives will stay home in droves this November, likely costing the party the Senate. More significant would be the fracturing of the party as small-government tea partiers part ways with the big-business cronyism that would drive the GOP to this suicidal act.

Jonathan Rothenberg

New York

The GOP wasn't the majority party when Eisenhower, Nixon, Reagan and both Bushes won their elections, most of which were landslides. They won because their policies were superior to those of the Democrats' and they created an expanding economy that provided millions of new jobs. Opening the gates for more H1-B visas and establishing a generous guest-worker program are both sound proposals the GOP supports because they help legal immigrants, are good for the economy and honor the rule of law. However, securing the borders is required first to prevent having to address the same illegal immigration issue 20 years from now.

Endorsing legalization without full citizenship is a nonstarter because President Obama has shown he cannot be trusted to honestly implement the law. Republicans should pass a bill dealing solely with legal immigration and leave the issue of addressing those who have broken our laws to a time when this president has left office.

Clyde Harkins

Corona del Mar, Calif.

Permanent legal residence isn't partial citizenship, nor faux citizenship. It's just legal residence, an honorable status. There's no need to muck up our discussion of the options with a term like "full citizenship."

Tom Day

Sunnyvale, Calif.

When Republicans agree to reform with a "path to citizenship," within minutes of the president's signing of such a law, the Democrats, most likely led by Sen. Chuck Schumer, will demand that we pave the path with federal largess, demand a right to vote and scold that it's because "America is unfair, forcing these recent immigrants to pay taxes yet denying them a say in how they, and we, are governed."

Business gets workers. Democrats get voters. Republicans get downsized. And the people get the government they deserve.

Royal S. Dellinger

Olney, Md.

Comment by Richard Eugene Thorton, Jr. on February 5, 2014 at 9:27am

MARK MY WORDS, We are going to follow the RINOs into oblivion.  To many here think, just vote Republican and every thing will be alright???

Time to change the House and Senate, not just  a few of them, ALL OF THEM!

The next Republican candidate for President will be Paul Ryan.


Comment by Paul Szemanczky on February 5, 2014 at 9:25am

Now is the perfect time for a 3rd Party revolution that takes the 1st step of DESTROYING the old Republican RINO. How will you take your stand to convert first, then annihilate the RINO enemy, second? What will you do? The Senate can't be got! The House is already lost. Now what can you do to make the 3rd Party candidate the best choice for 2020? Don't bother with 2016! When do we shift out of Republackened hopes to passionate TPism?

Comment by Donald Mack Flippin on February 5, 2014 at 9:23am


The writer of this foregoing article and (probably) the

majority of the readership simply don't understand

what a great thing John Boehner and company are

trying to do for the American People, the GOP, and

for the Conservative Movement!

John will be up for re-election soon, and it takes a

lot of money to win votes.  Add to that the fact that

the Chamber of Commerce has 'a lot of money', and

you have your answer.

If that went over your head, think about what might

happen if John Boehner were to lose his re-election

bid (remembering that it takes a lot of money to win

re-election).  Heaven forbid!  If John lost in his bid for

re-election, how could he possibly be the man to save

America????  I mean, if John got sent packing by the

voters of Ohio (which might happen if he doesn't have

enough money to win), then he will not be around to help

right the ship of state . . . which he would otherwise surely

do . . . in a few weeks . . . or months . . . or years.  And, if

John is no longer in the House, he cannot be the Speaker

of the House, and he won't be able to fight our battles for

us, and then where would we be????????  Just think about

it:  Without John Boehner, we might end up with someone

in the Speakership who would surrender to Obama and his

communist thugs on every issue that comes up.

Just whatever would we do without John Boehner?????

Therefore, the folks that want super cheap and readily

available labor to be in place to displace more American

workers in this roaring economy (i.e., the Chamber of

Commerce) must be appeased . . . or we'll lose John.

And . . . if we lose John . . . all is lost!

Semper Fi!

Comment by Debrajoe Smith-Beatty on February 5, 2014 at 8:33am

The first thing to do is to close and secure the US borders, north, south, east and west. Then Deport all illegals. Then discuss immigration.

Comment by Rich Knoch on February 5, 2014 at 7:35am

Thomas . . . best definition of the Parasite Class that creates Carbon Dioxide in the Inner Belt, that I've ever read!

They're reasoning on immigration is beyond illogical; i..e, with 90 million unemployed Americans, our Elected and Appointed Parasites Solution is to enable larger inflows of illegals into our Republic, increase the Freebies in order to secure the nations more immediate bankruptcy and keep the Borders Open so Terrorists can easily enter.

We have a few in Washington, deCeit who utilize Common Sense . . . but they are definitely in the minority.

Comment by Thomas on February 5, 2014 at 7:11am

If you have a two party duopoly political system from which to elect your government and each of the parties is in its own way helplessly, hopelessly stupid compounded by profound ignorance then a government of congenital ignoramuses that acts as if it is helplessly, hopelessly stupid will be the inevitable result.  

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