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