Run for the Republican border

Run for the Republican border

By Paul Moomjean 06/27/2013

 

Who would have thunk it? Realizing they have shot themselves in the foot repeatedly over minority issues, the GOP has decided to become the party of amnesty. With Republican leaders like South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, Kentucky Sen. Paul Rand and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio supporting the inclusion of approximately 12 million illegal undocumented immigrants, the GOP is making strides toward bringing the socially conservative, religiously minded neighbors across the border into the conservative camp. Basically, the young leaders in the GOP have replaced What Would Jesus Do? (WWJD?) arm bands with WWRD? (What Would Reagan Do?).


The Gang of Eight (a mixture of both major parties) has been pushing for immigration reform for the past few years now. Of course, that wasn’t the case in 2010 when Rubio was crying against amnesty and reminding Congress to enforce the laws on the books.


“First of all, earned path to citizenship is basically code for amnesty. It’s what they call it,” said Rubio while debating for his Florida senate seat. “And the reality of it is this: This has to do with the bottom line that America cannot be the only country in the world that does not enforce its immigration laws. It is unfair to the people that have legally entered this country to create an alternative pathway for individuals who entered illegally and knowingly did so.”


Today, Rubio is singing a different tune, asking for amnesty and closing up the border. When asked on ABC’s This Week about his bipartisan bill, Rubio spoke very progressively and with persistence and perseverance in his voice.


“If we fail, we’re going to keep trying, because at the end of the day, the only way we’re going to pass an immigration reform law out of the House and Senate so the president can sign it, is that it has real border security measures within it.”


Graham is another major voice in the GOP, citing the Gang of Eight bill as the best way for the Republicans to win back the White House by showing George W. Bush-like “compassionate conservatism.”


“If we don’t pass immigration reform, if we don’t get it off the table in a reasonable, practical way, it doesn’t matter who you (Republicans) run in 2016,” Graham said on ABC’s This Week program. “The only way we can get back in the good graces of the Hispanic community, in my view, is to pass a comprehensive immigration reform.”


And Paul is selling the bill as a revenue changer. “Imagine 12 million people who are already here coming out of the shadows to become new taxpayers,” said Paul at the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference and Latino Partnership for Conservative Principles.  


Paul and Rubio want these 12 million illegal immigrants to work for their citizenship. Paul calls this “middle ground.” The Tea Party sees this as retreating. The official word coming out of the Tea Party camp is that this plan of action “dramatically increases legal immigration, while doing virtually nothing to improve border security or immigration enforcement.”


Essentially, what the new Republican leaders are doing is stealing from Ronald Reagan’s second-term playbook. The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 gave citizenship to farmers and those who came before 1982, and put pressure on employers who hired illegal immigrants. Long story short, it really didn’t fix anything. People kept coming over and employers kept hiring cheap labor.


Where Reagan saw an opportunity to start over from scratch, today’s amnesty Republicans see this as an election changer and revenue machine.


While many border crossing immigrants tend to be anti-abortion and socially conservative amigos, they will not become GOP voters for a few reasons. First, the GOP will get no credit from the mainstream media. Somehow the spin will make President Barrack Obama the hero, and the GOP will watch 12 million new voters elect Hillary Clinton.


As for creating revenue through taxation, considering that many of these illegal immigrants work minimum-wage jobs or get under-the-table pay, I can’t see their contribution helping in a reasonable amount of time.


It’s a damned-if-you-do, damned-if-you-don’t situation for Republicans. I’m predicting a damned-if-we-do.

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