NRO to GOP on Immigration: DON’T DO ITPosted: January 27, 2014
President Obama obviously can’t be trusted
The House Republican leadership has been confronted by devilishly difficult tactical choices over the years. But what to do on the issue of immigration right now isn’t one of them. The correct course is easy and eminently achievable: Do nothing.
“Only 3 percent cited immigration as the biggest problem facing the country”
The old Reagan catchphrase calling for non-action — don’t just do something, stand there — has never been more apt. Yet the House leadership is about to roll out a set of immigration principles reportedly including an amnesty for illegal aliens, and presumably will follow up with a push to pass them through the House. This is legislative strategy as unforced error.
“…the president refuses to enforce key provisions of his own health-care law, let alone provisions of immigration law…”
The basic tactical reason not to act now is that the last thing the party needs is a brutal intramural fight when it has been dealt a winning hand on Obamacare. It is not as though the public is clamoring for an immigration bill. Only 3 percent cited immigration as the biggest problem facing the country in a Gallup poll earlier this month. In the key contests that will decide partisan control of the Senate, Republican candidates are much more likely to be helped than hurt by refusing to sign onto any form of amnesty.
The other prudential reason not to act is that President Obama obviously can’t be trusted. Any immigration deal would have to trade enhanced enforcement for an amnesty. Since the president refuses to enforce key provisions of his own health-care law, let alone provisions of immigration law he finds uncongenial, he obviously can’t be relied on to follow up on his end of any bargain. It is hard to fathom how any Republican can possibly believe otherwise…
- National Review to House GOP: Don’t Do Immigration Reform (weeklystandard.com)
- Mark Krikorian : House GOP Leadership Trusts Obama on Immigration (ricochet.com)
- GOP Aide: Logic of GOP Leaders Angering Base Over Immigration So Close to Election Is “Baffling” (thegatewaypundit.com)
- Obama to bypass Congress in 2014, rule by agency decree (dailycaller.com)
- Who is the GOP’s Mystery Speaker? (dailycaller.com)
- House GOP Immigration Strategy: Hope and Change (nationalreview.com)
- Amnesty Here We Come… GOP Leaders Ready to Sell Out Conservative Base (thegatewaypundit.com)
- The GOP’s Gift to Cornwallis (nationalreview.com)
- Scarborough warns GOP against passing immigration reform (dailycaller.com)
- White House doesn’t outright reject GOP amnesty plan (dailycaller.com)