Fear Rules the GOP on Immigration
Okay, first off on immigration, this is a story from a very excited (I would have to say cheering) Associated Press. “Senators Reach Deal on Immigration Changes.” Now, a previous caller… I’ll mention this again. We’ve done this before. We’ve done amnesty before. It was called Simpson-Mazzoli, and it was during the Reagan years. It was 1986. Reagan was not in favor of it, but he bought into it. They promised him, “If we do this once, that will be the end of it. Once we grant amnesty, that’s it. No more of this illegal immigration stuff.”
We’re talking about 1.1 to 1.3 million illegals back then. That’s what the haggle was over, 1.3 million illegals. Ted Kennedy went to the floor of the Senate in 1986. He said, “This amnesty will have been citizenship to only 1.1 to 1.3 million illegal aliens. We’ll secure the borders hence forth. We will never again bring forward another amnesty bill like this.” That’s 1986, Ted Kennedy, and here we are. This is the fourth year in a row that has been pushed. Well, more than four years. Go back to the Bush years.
In fact, this immigration bill that everybody’s touting on TV today is essentially the Bush immigration bill that was beat back in 2007. There might be a little change here, a little change there. The story from the ecstatic AP: “A bipartisan group of leading senators has reached agreement on the principles of sweeping legislation to rewrite the nation’s immigration laws. The deal, which was to be announced at a news conference Monday afternoon, covers border security, guest workers and employer verification, as well as a path to citizenship for the 11 million illegal immigrants already in this country.”
What do you bet that…? In fact, here they go now. There they are. The press conference to announce this is occurring right now. We’re not gonna JIP it ’cause all eight of them will speak. We’ll get the highlights and maybe have some today, but certainly tomorrow. Chuck-U Schumer is taking the lead here. But the odds are that if this thing ever sees the light of day, if this comes to pass, then we’ll hear, “You know what? Maybe it actually wasn’t 11 million. It’s like 20 million illegals that we’re talking about.”
From TheHill.com we have a random act of journalism: “Comprehensive immigration reform could make millions of people suddenly eligible for assistance under President Obama[care], assuming a final deal paves the way for undocumented immigrants to receive papers. Illegal aliens are now prohibited from purchasing coverage through the [Obamacare]’s insurance exchanges, which will launch next year. … But the picture could change completely if Hispanic lawmakers get their wish — an overhaul of U.S. immigration policy that includes a path to legalization,” or amnesty.