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House Leaders Back Amnesty

House Republican leaders this afternoon circulated a document outlining principles for immigration reform legislation, accepting a pathway to legal status for illegal immigrants.

According to Politico:

In a shift for the party, Republicans are blessing a pathway to legalization for those who came into the country illegally. It does stress, though, that undocumented immigrants will have to go through the current immigration system and learn about the United States. Criminals will not be eligible for legalization.

“These persons could live legally and without fear in the U.S., but only if they were willing to admit their culpability, pass rigorous background checks, pay significant fines and back taxes, develop proficiency in English and American civics, and be able to support themselves and their families (without access to public benefits),” according to a draft of the document.

“Finally, none of this can happen before specific enforcement triggers have been implemented to fulfill our promise to the American people that from here on, our immigration laws will indeed be enforced.”

Remember, though, this is a starting position. For a deal to happen, Republicans will have to move toward Democrats. And Democrats are saying they like what they see, and an agreement on comprehensive legislation is possible.

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31 Responses to House Leaders Back Amnesty

  1. Compromise: “Be reasonable and do it my way.”

    That’s how it always is with the spineless Republican leadership. We do NOT want “an immigration bill.” We want the borders closed, we want illegals out of “the system,” we want to quit granting special benefits like in-state tuition, drivers licenses and law licenses to illegals.

    Close off all that nonsense, Dems, and then I am willing to talk about “a path to citizenship” for those who remain. I grant there are many illegals who might be able to be contributing citizens here. But we must turn off the taps to those who are nothing but a drain on our resources.

    Name me one (just one!) other country in the world that is having this conversation with itself. There are none! You can’t just walk into any country (other than the USA) and start expecting/demanding benefits. It’s sheer lunacy on our part.

  2. That sounds like an excellent plan and a thoughtful approach to the problem of 15 million illegals living in fear of being deported.
    Why, millions of them will rush to the nearest community center to learn to speak English, read up on American civics, gather funds to pay back taxes determined by ..someone, and pay a hefty fine for being a criminal.

    Yes, that was sarcasm.
    Thousands of Hispanics who were born and raised here in Arizona still don’t speak English, most of them dropped out of school somewhere around 6th grade, and don’t give a hoot about American civics.
    The illegals are not going to pay “back taxes” because they don’t owe any, they’re not going to pay fines, nor do any of those things outlined in this nightmarish proposal.
    The Dems won’t vote for it, because they want blanket amnesty where the only path to citizenship is a trip to the nearest welfare office where documents will be provided on the individual’s say-so along with a voter’s registration form with the Dem box already checked.

    Our federal government can’t even process veteran’s benefits in a timely manner and now the Repubs think 15 million Hispanics can be processed ……where? by who?

    • This whole subject reminds me of when my husband and I
      eimmigrated to Germany, Then, it was called West Germany.
      First we went to the Fremdem Polizie and told them our intentions
      to live in Germany and that we had a business there. They told us that we must come in once a year to show that we were learning German. That we did. We also got a German driver’s license.
      (that was a lot of fun) Things were so different there, as compared to here. My cleaning couple has been here 20 years or more, and still speak pidgin english.

  3. Before they fix this one way or the other. The fact that the border is not secure. I have suggested hiring people to stand 20 feet apart to guard the border. I was just discussing drones. Instead of drones flying over us, stick them on the border.
    Our school system is the pitts compared to a lot of Countries. How are they going to afford to teach Civics, etc. to millions of people?
    I feel the quick fix they are attempting is not going to cut it, because they are not thinking ahead of all othr issues that will need to be addressed with this matter.

  4. What you call compromise and the Congress calls conference is the poison pill. And it’s the Republican House establishment’s way of shutting out the conservatives.

  5. Oh, how the illegals win it all! They come here as opportunists and are rewarded with jobs. Their anchor babies give access to American social service programs paid for by citizen taxpayers. They do the “baby wave” everytime some suggests that they need to leave the nation.

    And now, somehow, they have become the one group of criminals who are loved and lauded for their careers of crime.

    These people never wanted to be American citizens. They just wanted to live in the U.S. and work illegally without being hassled. Now there’s more opportunity in pretending that they want to be Americans, so they’ve adopted that pose.

    Who’s going to make sure they meet all these requirements? How long will they have to learn English? How fluently? What will happen if they don’t? Do they get to do the “baby wave” and stay anyhow?

    Illegals are not immigrants. They are opportunists. Their fate should be outside of any discussion of immigration. We need a separate discussion called, “If we have to have 11 to 20 million instant legal residents, why choose them from among breakers of American law?”

      • I’m okay with granting legal status (not deporting) so long as there is no possibility of becoming a citizen/voting, no entitlement to federal or state welfare-type benefits and income/payroll taxes are collected (without benefits). Migrant farm workers and other specific groups might be excepted in one way or another. Main thing is if you got here illegally, you have NO CHANCE of citizenship.

  6. All due respect Keith, but Politico is a place I go under duress to soak in your brilliance when you choose to publish there. I am not interested in their reporting, analyzing or opining on Republicans or Conservatives.

    That said, if the Republicans do any more than put forth a call to enforce the border they will have killed themselves. I don’t put too much faith in this document. Although I thought it rather rude of Boehner not to note the endorsement of the USCOC.

    I suspect the pressure from outside groups will be aggressive.

    The Dems have pretty much given up on retaking the House and are focusing on the Senate. The Republican House moves on immigration and we can kiss the Senate good bye.

  7. There was no way of linking this reader’s comments from Hot Air, but I thought it worth posting in its entirety…

    An open letter to the GOP on third parties and Lost causes.
    By way of introduction – let’s just say I’m one of Millions of formally loyal supporters of the GOP. We are the people who donate small amounts and volunteer to make phone calls and knock on doors and do a myriad of others things we don’t like to do just to support the Republican party. We are the ordinary folks you ignore or openly insult – the people you are taking for granted.
    We’re also the folks who are standing by dumbfounded as you’re doing the Democratic socialist’s bidding of creating a whole new underclass of Dem voters granting amnesty to the illegal invaders.
    Do you actually think that we’ll stick by you no matter what? Did people stick with the Titanic as it was sinking below the waves?
    You say we will lose if we don’t support the party – well, we’re going to be losing anyway so ‘what difference does it make?’ [To coin a phrase]
    I intensely dislike traipsing around strange neighbourhoods and knocking on doors for hours on end – but I did that for the good of the party. I cannot stand calling people on the phone to go through inane call scripts – but I did that because I thought it was important for the future of the country.
    Let me fill you in on a couple totally freaking obvious facts that have escaped your well healed notice:
    A). The Leftist-Socialist National Media is NEVER GOING TO BE YOUR FRIEND – learn this really obvious fact and put it in big block letters over your desks so you can remember it.
    Those people need to be defeated, not befriended. They are playing for keeps – we need to do the same. In Alinsky’s rules for tools, he refers to us as the ‘enemy’ – well it’s time we did the same.
    B). The Media and the DNC are going to label you Racists, terrorists or whatever unless you cease to be Conservatives and become a variation of their Socialist selves.
    Stop trying to answer their mendacity and label it for what is and move on – for once you end up on the defensive, they will keep you there. Take a page from the leftists and push a Conservative agenda instead.
    The Socialist National left is like a baseball batting machine that incessantly hurls fast balls at your head. Its an unceasing process that will never stop
    The minute you shoot down one their outright Lies, two more will be on your way.
    C). Never do what the enemy wants you to do – this is so blindingly so obvious the great strategist Sun Tzu didn’t bother saying this self-evident truth.

    So, what do you need to do to get us to stick with you and get us back into your good graces?

    Good question [{I’m glad I asked it}

    1). STOP SUPPORTING AMNESTY FOR 30 MILLION NEW DEMOCRATIC VOTERS.
    [Can I be any more emphatic on that point?]
    Mark my words, you can either drop the insane idea of amnesty for the illegal invaders or you can destroy the party – It’s your choice. Pushing amnesty will either create 30 Million new voters for Democratic largess or it will fractionalize the party so badly that it will no longer be the ‘Loyal opposition’ to the Socialist National left.
    The GOP will be deader than a Bull Moose as a result – does that sound like a winning strategy?
    2). Stop insanely nominating Rinocrats in the futile hope that the media will be ‘nice’ to you and not put the full weight of their propaganda machine to work shredding said candidate.

    How many times do you need to repeat that insanity before you learn the lesson?
    3). Stop trying to outbid the socialist with government largess
    It should be plain that you need to stand up for Conservative values – that is the only thing that will save the country from it’s inevitable demise at the hands of the socialists.

    IF you do not do those simple things to save the party and save the nation, I will bid you a quick goodbye and be on my way – along with millions of others.
    You can stuff your endless appeals for my donations, and your admonitions to volunteer will fall on deaf ears.

    We may be on our way to defeat with a third party – but we will do it with our head held high and our Conservative principles intact.

    There is no earthly reason to stay with a sinking ship – and you people are heading straight on for an iceberg – and sadly, you don’t seem to know it.
    We can and we will leave – many already have and the exits are getting pretty jammed up.
    I dare say that if the current events hold to the trends as they are now, many more will join them – as will I.
    – Anonymous

    Southern by choice22 on January 30, 2014 at 6:12 PM

  8. Pretty much the Republican Party has sold itself to the COC and big money to stay in some semblance of power. And the country be damned.

    State by state will become California. And then when it is bloated and there is no money left the United States will become Detroit. Good luck.

  9. The Republican leadership has always been in favor of amnesty. They are liars, crooks, and thieves in sheep’s clothing. The only difference between them and the Democrats is who will be our rulers.