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The “party of corporate whoredom”?

by Greg Krehbiel on 30 January 2014

Take a look at On Immigration: Why, Why, Why?? and then ask yourself what is pushing the GOP to pass immigration reform.

Almost all the opinion leaders on the right are against immigration reform. The public ranks it very low as a priority. I’m almost tempted to agree with Ann Coulter — GOP Crafts Plan to Wreck the Country, Lose Voters.

Yes, I realize that the media has been giving the GOP advice that if they don’t get on the immigration bandwagon they’re facing destruction by demographics. First, I think exactly the opposite is the case, and second, when the media gives the GOP advice, you can be pretty sure it’s not in the GOP’s best interest to follow it.

But whether you think immigration reform is wise or not, whether you think it will save the GOP or destroy it, it’s still interesting to ponder why they’re in a rush to do something about it … now. It seems pretty clear they have better issues to pursue.

-- 2014-01-30  »  Greg Krehbiel

Talkback x 2

  1. Derek
    30 January 2014 @ 9:56 pm

    It’s not called the stupid party for nothing. Pass amnesty and the GOP seals it’s doom.

  2. Greg Krehbiel Greg Krehbiel
    31 January 2014 @ 9:15 am

    @Derek, what would you do with all the illegals who are in the country now?

    I have mixed feelings. On the one hand, they broke the law and we need to enforce the law — or else what’s the point in having laws?

    On the other hand, if you establish a pattern of not enforcing a law — as we clearly have with our immigration laws — people quite reasonably assume that you’re not serious about it and they don’t worry about it.

    With immigration this is even more of a problem because people move here (illegally) and then start families. The kids are U.S. citizens. Are we going to break up families?

    This is what I would do.

    1. Enforce the border. For real.

    2. Crack down on businesses who hire illegals.

    3. Review our rules for who and how many people we allow in legally. We should probably make the process easier.

    4. Announce that everybody who comes in illegally from this point forward will be deported — and really do it.

    5. Provide some sort of permanent work status (but not citizenship) for people who are already here illegally and have not committed any crimes. (Deport the criminals.)

    I say all this as a concession to our welfare state. If we didn’t promise all these benefits to people who happen to be in our country, we wouldn’t need to worry so much about controlling who comes in.