CPAC Debates Include Immigration

Whistleblowers Say Violent Illegal Aliens Released

“Even though fifty-two illegal aliens were released onto its streets by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), officials in Pinal County told Front Page Magazine that ICE has still not shared any details about any individuals released. Furthermore, a whistle blower has told Pinal County officials that despite the Obama administration’s insistence that only nonviolent individuals were among those released, several individuals were in fact charged with crimes ranging from manslaughter, robbery and aggravated assault on a police officer,” Front Page Magazine says.

GOP Funding Amendment Demands Details on Criminal Release

“Senate Republicans introduced an amendment on Thursday that would require Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to turn over more details about the hundreds of illegal immigrants it released from detention centers last month. Sen. Chuck Grassley, the ranking member on the Senate Judiciary Committee, introduced the amendment to the Senate’s continuing resolution bill moving through the upper chamber, garnering the support of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) and Sens. James Inhofe (Okla.), David Vitter (La.), John Boozman (Ark.), Pat Roberts (Kan.) and Dan Coats (Ind.),” The Hill reports.

CPAC Debates Include Immigration

“Nobody was laughing at CPAC about the failure of Republicans to win Hispanic votes. Speakers at the conservative gathering said repeatedly that demographics will doom Republicans unless the party can find a way to appeal to Hispanic voters — and changing immigration policy is a necessary first step,” says USA Today. “At the CPAC panel — the first on the topic — all the speakers favored immigration changes and supported ways for illegal immigrants to achieve legal status, largely through temporary worker visas. “You can be conservative and be for immigration reform,” said Jennifer Korn of the American Action Network. A guest-worker program “helps our business, it helps our economy, and it is something big labor is against.”

Meanwhile, Donald Trump, speaking at CPAC, said amnesty was a suicide mission for the GOP.

“As Republican lawmakers attempt to determine a plan for immigration reform that jibes with both conservatives and members of the Latino community, Donald Trump, the real estate magnate and reality television host, has another message for the GOP: Immigration reform, he argues, basically amounts to a “suicide mission” for the party,” CBS News reports.

“Trump, speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Oxon Hill, Md., argued this morning that the ’11 million illegals, even if given the right to vote – you know you’re going to have to do what’s right – but the fact is 11 million people will be voting Democrat.'”

Boehner Meets With House Members on Amnesty Timing

“Republican members of a bipartisan group working on immigration legislation in the House are meeting Friday morning with House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) to discuss when the group should move ahead to introduce legislation, as the group nears agreement on a bill,” the Washington Post says.

“The meeting, confirmed by three congressional aides, comes a day after Democrats in the group briefed House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). Aides said the eight member group is close to an agreed upon bill–but is eager for input from Boehner. Boehner has been publicly supportive of the quiet negotiations but has long said action on the issue should begin in the Senate.”

About Author


Dan is the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR)'s President after joining the organization in 1982. He has testified more than 50 times before Congress, and been cited in the media as "America's best-known immigration reformer." Dan has appeared on virtually every significant TV and radio news/talk program in America and, in addition to being a contributing editor to, has contributed commentaries to a vast number of print media outlets.


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    Donald Trump is absolutely right. After the November election Republicans were “Hispanicked”. I cannot believe they would even consider an amnesty after Reagan’s 1986 failure, which he admitted as a big mistake. He trusted the border would be secured, e-verify on employers, and enforcement of our immigration laws. Not one of the conditions for an amnesty were met and it only brought us more illegal immigration. Since 2009 our President has been undermining immigration law enforcement and giving a form of amnesty through his executive order. They use turn arounds at the border as deportations to say they have deported more illegals than ever before. Our country cannot afford the financial burden that illegal immigration brings. These are poor, uneducated, low skilled people. It would be catastrophic to add millions of people to Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid, not to mention all of our other social programs. Republicans are delusional to think they will gain the Hispanic vote. John McCain was pro-amnesty and he only received 32% of the Latino vote in 2008. Why didn’t Republicans garner the Hispanic vote after the1986. Bush said they have “family values” and are here for the jobs. If the Hispanics are here for the jobs they should vote Republican, on the other hand if they are here for our benefits, they would vote Democrat. Wake up Republicans! You many lose your base pandering for Hispanic votes. The Republican constituency is already disillusioned by the talk like “broaden our appeal” and we must evolve. No way! I don’t want to pander and become a Republicrat. The people we elected into office should be supporting our best interests, not helping illegal aliens who break our laws entering our country, working here illegally, committing document fraud, and tax fraud. If adding millions of younger Latino residents to the legal resident population (and eventually to the voting population) means adding millions more Democrats, then how is this a winning strategy for Republicans (Tom Curry NBC News)?

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    Living With Open Eyes on

    I am a Democrat by political beliefs but I am an American by citizenship. Any candidates of either party who support amnesty to illegal immigrants need to be voted out by all American citizens as soon as possible. And we should all call them now and let them know that we will do this. We need to put our political differences aside for now and come together on this most important issue, just like we do when our country is attacked by terrorists or aggressive foreign nations. Because our way of life is being attacked by illegal foreign intruders- and nobody is doing anything about it.

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      The thing is that opposition to amnesty is one of the few things that a lot of Democrats like about the Republicans. I’ve heard it myself: “I don’t agree with the Republicans much, but I agree on illegal immigration”.

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    God bless Donald Trump! I have been a conservative since Barry Goldwater, 1964; I and other conservatives are getting tired of being blown off by some so-called “conservatives.” They want us to fight gun control, or against abortion, or for limited government, etc. I and others have tried hard to support these people and build a coalitiion, but far too many “conservatives” blow off our opposition to ANY LEGAL status for illegal aliens as if it were not important, or worse yet, many work at corss purposes to us. They promote Rand Paul, Marko Rubio, Newt Gingrich and others who feel it is safe to peddle various forms of amnesty because some “conservatives” have anointed them heroes and will protect them.

    Illegal aliens MUST LEAVE THE COUNTRY, without that anything else becomes meaningless and political suicide for conservatives and patriots.

    Take note Sean Hannity and others, if you keep shoving Paul, Rubio and their ilk down our throat we will leave. If conservatives do not have ehough common sense to reject those who promote plans for political suicide, then alread our defeat is a certainty.

    And — no– you can not be a legitimate conservative and FOR any legal status for illegal aliens. Hannity et al, this is a warning — don’t push us.

    Patriots back me up on this, call Hannity, e-mail conservative blogs, CPAC etc. Spread the word, hell no to amnesty supporters.

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    I rarely agree with Trump but he’s absolutely correct. Any plan handing citizenship to illegals will just be that many more votes for the Democrats. The GOP never did, and never will, get anywhere close to a majority of the Hispanic vote.

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    Concerned Citizen on

    Donald Trump is right. If the GOP is going to have a shot at the White House in the future, it has to be mindful of the consequences of importing Democrats. Thoughtful Democrats ought to want competitive elections, too, including dedicated but again thoughtful liberals, if only to hold corruption and centralized power in check.