The U.S. Senate has now passed its monstrous 1,200-page amnesty bill, which no senator had time to read before voting on, by a vote of 68-32. The media are hailing it as a great victory for “bipartisan immigration reform,” but in truth, it is a stake aimed at the heart of American workers.
The good news is that the bill’s sponsors fell far short of the 75 vote margin they said was their goal. The bad news is that those disappointing numbers will not stop the amnesty lobby and its Republican allies from portraying the Senate vote as a great victory.
But let’s take a calm look at the political landscape left in the wake of Hurricane Rubio. What was predicted to be a category 5 hurricane destroying all Republican opposition to the bill proved instead to be a mere tropical storm.
The brute fact of the matter is that on final passage, the amnesty bill received only 14 Republican votes out of 46. Sen. Rubio, Grover Norquist and Karl Rove can spin that number any way they like, but by the math used down on Main Street, over two-thirds of the Republicans in the U.S. Senate voted against the amnesty bill.
Does that look like “bipartisan momentum”? Does that look like a repudiation of Tom Tancredo as Sen. Lindsey Graham chirped after the final vote? I will take a 34-vote, two-thirds vindication any day over Sen. Graham’s slim 14-vote accomplishment.
Because over two-thirds of Senate Republicans opposed the amnesty bill, it will be a hard sell for Rubio and the Republican establishment to persuade House Republicans that the Schumer-Rubio bill deserves any consideration in the House. In fact, it is dead on arrival.
What is still up in the air is whether the House Republican leadership will now try to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory by adopting the false premise of the Senate bill – that “we must have an amnesty bill.” The only people who truly believe that reside in the board rooms at the U.S. Chamber, the National Council of La Raza and the Democratic National Committee.
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The truth is there is no public support for the amnesty bill when border security is abandoned – not among Republican voters and not in the public at large. Efforts to create that illusion of public support rely transparently on loaded questions and false dichotomies – like deporting all illegal aliens now or give them amnesty. The amnesty bill and the amnesty agenda should be left to die on the vine while the House proceeds with bills aimed at true immigration reform.
Yet, we all know that there will be an effort to craft a House Republican amnesty bill that purports to contain adequate border security provisions. There are two very good reasons why that effort should be opposed.
First, it is 100 percent certain that when two radically different bills go to a conference committee, the Senate will never accept border security provisions that have any teeth or that aim to delay legalization until after border security has been demonstrated. Senate Democrats AND Sen. Rubio have made it clear that the principle of amnesty-first-and-enforcement-later is non-negotiable. Yet, any House bill that fudges or evades that question should never reach the House floor for a vote.
Second, the Senate bill’s laughable border security component is not the only reason why the bill would yield disastrous results for the nation. Its large expansion of visas for low-skilled workers, its long delay in implementation of the E-verify program, its CBO-verified impact on the wages of working class Americans and the outrageous pork added to the bill to bribe Senate votes – those are only a few examples of additional reasons the bill deserve a timely funeral.
The truth is that the Senate bill is not “comprehensive immigration reform” at all. It does not “fix our broken immigration system.” Almost every provision of the bill makes existing problems worse, not better. Moreover, no one in Congress can craft a provision that can compel the Obama administration – meaning Janet Napolitano and Eric Holder – to actually enforce any provision they do not like.
The impending amnesty debate in the House will be not only a debate over honest versus dishonest immigration reform. It will be a debate over who owns the Republican Party. Is it the Washington, D.C., consultant class and the open-borders lobby at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, who believe the nation needs more illegal immigration, not less? Or is it the grass-roots citizens of America who still believe in national sovereignty and the rule of law?
We now know where Sen. Rubio stands on that question. Where does the House Republican Conference stand? Citizens need to be asking each representative, where do you stand – with the Beltway elites or with the people?