The Center for American Progress (CAP), a liberal think tank with close ties to the Obama administration and the Democratic Party, is one of the groups at the forefront of push for amnesty.
Not surprisingly, CAP’s latest issue brief on immigration calls for swift passage of an amnesty bill by Congress. What should raise a few eyebrows is the lack of any subtly in their argument, their lack of any effort to sell amnesty as good public policy, and the bare-knuckles, racially-tinged nature of their demands.
“[A]s our nation moves toward a point where by 2043 we will have no clear racial or ethnic majority,11 other states such as Arizona, Texas, North Carolina, and even Georgia are also reaching demographic tipping points,” states the report entitled, Immigration is Changing the Political Landscape in Key States. Moreover, the issue brief openly declares that “demography is destiny,” and that they intend to use immigration policy to shape both.
CAP’s message to Republican lawmakers is equally blunt: Get out of the way on amnesty, or we will crush you. It is a message echoed by others on the political left who are boldly proclaiming that they are no longer even seeking compromises. An article appearing in the National Journal notes, “The liberals believe they can threaten to walk away from an immigration bill that falls short, because they assume that in a few years they will get another chance at a better deal. Political pressure to resolve immigration will only increase on Republicans, these liberals argue. ‘The wind is at our backs,’ said Frank Sharry, executive director of the immigrant-advocacy group America’s Voice.”
Or, as Bob Dylan warned more poetically in his 1963 anthem, The Times They are A-Changing:
Come senators, congressmen
Please heed the call
Don’t stand in the doorway
Don’t block up the hall
For he that gets hurt
Will be he who has stalled
There’s a battle outside and it is ragin’
It’ll soon shake your windows and rattle your walls
For the times they are a-changin’