These GOP amnesty-peddlers are as deluded now as they were in 2007 when Bush/McCain/Kennedy spearheaded a failed amnesty campaign. They’ve learned nothing.
While most in the media have been shamelessly trying to railroad Congress into committing itself to an amnesty in early 2013, some media pundits have actually been saying that immigration won't solve the issues the GOP has with Hispanic voters. Columnists and opinon makers from all sides of the political spectrum have shared their thoughts on this trending topic.
Lawmakers and media pundits begin to question effectiveness of GOP amnesty ideas
Nov 16, 2012
Here's a list of what a few had to say.
Conservative Radio Host Rush Limbaugh
Why do you think the Democrats welcome them? Why do you think the Democrats want amnesty? They know that they've got them as voters.
The only way you can say the Republicans are not inclusive is because the Republicans are not willing to ignore the law. But it is a feint. It is a head fake. It's a trick.
Ross Douthat from the New York Times
No doubt a more moderate tone on immigration would help Republicans. But the idea of amnesty as a Latino-winning electoral silver bullet is a fantasy.
First, Hispanics are not single-issue voters: they can be alienated by nativism, but they can’t just be won by the promise of green cards and open borders. (After Reagan signed an amnesty bill in 1986, the Republican share of the Hispanic vote fell in the next presidential election.) Latino voters are not, as conservative strategists often claim, “natural” Republican voters — notwithstanding their (moderate) social conservatism, they tend to lean leftward on economic issues, and to see government more as an ally than a foe. They can be wooed, gradually, if Republicans address their aspirations and anxieties, but they aren’t going to be claimed in one legislative pander.
At the same time, a Republican Party that moves too far leftward on immigration risks alienating its white working-class supporters, an easily disillusioned constituency whose support the party cannot take for granted. These voters already suspect that Republican elites don’t have their interests at heart: Mitt Romney lost last week because he underperformed among minority voters, but also because a large number of working-class whites apparently stayed home. If the party’s only post-2012 adjustment is to embrace amnesty, they aren’t likely to turn out in 2016 either.
Conservative columnist Ann Coulter
Thirty-nine percent of native households receive some form of government assistance. By contrast, 57 percent of immigrant households — legal immigrants — get government assistance. We can’t do anything about the native population, but why on Earth is America taking in immigrants who require taxpayer support?
If you come to America and immediately go on welfare, by definition, you are not a desirable immigrant. Except as a voter for the Democratic Party.
E.J. Dionne Jr. from the Washington Post
Jonathan Last of the Weekly Standard
Joshua Green from Business Week
Any effort by Republicans to solve knotty issues like immigration reform is bound to improve the party's abysmal standing with Latinos (and minorities generally). But it probably won't be enough to allow Republicans to compete in earnest for minority voters, who currently identify overwhelmingly as Democrats.
That's because minorities' alienation from the Republican Party goes far beyond language and immigration to the very heart of the conservative worldview.
Ramesh Ponnuru from the Charleston Daily Mail
Guillermo Martinez from the Sun Sentinel
Steven Malanga from the City Journal
Daniel Horowitz from RedState.com
Tom Curry from NBC News
If adding millions of younger Latino residents to the legal resident population (and eventually to the citizen voting population) means adding millions more Democrats, then how is that a winning strategy for Republicans?
Author, columnist, and former Democrat Senate candidate from Caifornia Mickey Kaus
The larger point is that "Comprehensive Immigration Reform"–which is supposed to be a simultaneous combination of an amnesty plus enforcement measures–is a terrible idea. ... The result will be (as in 1986) a new wave of illegal immigrants, largely unskilled, who will bid down the wages of the Americans and legal immigrants at the bottom of the labor market. These workers are the people most hurt by the big economic changes of the last few decades. If you want any American to be able to make a decent wage–even if they didn’t go to college–as long as they are willing to work full time, it's a disaster.
Conservative blogger Michelle Malkin
How about clearing naturalization application backlogs instead of expanding illegal alien benefits? How about tracking and deporting violent illegal alien criminals instead of handing out driver’s licenses to illegal aliens? How about streamlining the employee citizenship verification process for businesses (E-verify) and fixing outdated visa tracking databases instead of indiscriminately expanding temporary visa and guest worker programs?