Amnesty Would Reshape Electoral College

Amnesty Would Reshape Electoral College

“The immigration proposal pending in Congress would transform the nation’s political landscape for a generation or more — pumping as many as 11 million new Hispanic voters into the electorate a decade from now in ways that, if current trends hold, would produce an electoral bonanza for Democrats and cripple Republican prospects in many states they now win easily,” Politico reports.

“Beneath the philosophical debates about amnesty and border security, there are brass-tacks partisan calculations driving the thinking of lawmakers in both parties over comprehensive immigration reform, which in its current form offers a pathway to citizenship — and full voting rights — for a group of undocumented residents that roughly equals the population of Ohio, the nation’s seventh-largest state.”

Canadians Arrest Terror Plotters

“Canadian security forces thwarted a plot to blow up a rail line between Canada and the United States and will announce arrests on Monday afternoon, police and intelligence agencies said. U.S. security and law enforcement sources also said the suspects had sought to attack the railroad between Toronto and New York City. Canadian media said two men had been arrested after raids in Toronto and Montreal, Canada’s two biggest cities,” Reuters reported.

Cooking the Books on Deportation Numbers

“It is one of the Obama administration’s favorite talking points on immigration: It has been deporting illegal immigrants in record numbers. That bolsters its credentials on enforcement and supports the argument that, now that we’ve gotten tough on the border, it is time to enact comprehensive immigration reform. But figures recently unearthed by a federal lawsuit in Texas cast serious doubt on the administration’s deportation claims. The number of deportations appears to have declined significantly during the president’s term in office,” says Andrew Stiles.

Amnesty Bill Would Waive Public Charge Rules

“The ‘Gang of Eight’ immigration bill would initially exempt undocumented immigrants from an existing law that prohibits legal entry or status adjustments to any immigrant who is at risk of becoming a public charge, or primarily reliant on government benefits for survival,” the Daily Caller says.

“This does not mean the bill would put out a welcome mat for undocumented immigrants to go on welfare. Immigrants granted provisional legal status are ineligible for public benefits under this legislation, and public charge evaluations do apply later on their path to legal permanent status.”

“Nevertheless, with the potential cost of legalizing 11 million undocumented immigrants a concern among opponents of the immigration reform legislation, the elimination of the public charge statute at the beginning of the process is a red flag to some critics.”

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.


  1. avatar
    sherri palmer on

    Illegals are supposedly not elligible for welfare while waiting to become citizens, but it is my understanding that once they become citizens, they are elligible for welfare, soc. security and everything else.

    • avatar
      S. G. Browning on

      Those illegal aliens did not put a damn penny into Social Security, so why would they be eligable for Social Security.’ Why, Food Stampa. I have worked since I was 7 years old, picking beans at 3.5 cents for a pound.
      I am 71 years old now and the State will give me only $10. in food stamps. It costs me at least $10. to catch a ride,to be recertifed again each month. Someone tell my what country do we live in.

      • avatar

        This country has been going down hill for a long time. The dumocrats
        are ruining this country and it’s getting worse under this so-called
        president. The illegals are not supposed to get any benefits, but
        I imagine they are. You can’t trust this government anymore.
        The Republicans had better get some back bone and stand up
        to these corrupt dumocrats and there will be no more Republicans.

  2. avatar
    sherri palmer on

    The GOP had better get focused and be the party against illegal immigration from this day forward. The left and the right are competing against each other for illegal votes. This is crazy! We cannot keep giving amnesty to people who come here. The president started this mess and he is determined to break this country, dollar by dollar. The Congress has powers that it is not using and come election time we can certainly change their makeup. One thing they had better get in their heads, Republicans never become democrats, but democrats do become Republicans. It the Republicans cave, I believe that Republican constituency will form a new party, one that is people centered. Washington has gone crazy, and doesn’t mind if we the people know it! Obamacare is not an insurance that I want. I want to keep my insurance and my doctors. Everyone knows the govt can’t run a pay toilet. obama could have come up with an insrance plan for those with pre-existing medical probs and those who could not afford insurance, but to throw all of us into the pot and then say that we HAVE to be insured with his plan is bizarre.The worst president in the history of this country has a little more than 3 1/2 yrs left, what other mess is waiting for us?

  3. avatar
    Concerned Citizen on

    Amnesty would hand the country over to Democrats, temporarily, and longer-term, a far left party could emerge to boot out the Democrats, who are only socialist, after all. The GOP would hope to win back a percentage of Latino voters until today’s illegal immigrants are given citizenship. Then it’s “game over” for the GOP.

    With an amnesty, the best long-term approach for the GOP would be to split up the country along new political grid lines.

    • avatar
      Jim in Virginia on

      It will be game over for the GOP as soon as this bill is passed. It won’t take 10 years for them to become non relevant because conservatives will leave the party as fast as they can. Conservatives who want to preserve this country will stay home on election day since there really won’t be any difference between the Republicans and the Democrats. Right now, this is the most pressing issue I can think of. Passing this bill will make me an ex-voter!

    • avatar
      Diane Kelsey on

      I tend to agree with you. However, under the law of unintended consequences, I believe that with 12,000,000 new voters plus their “family reunification” relatives and their many, many children voting, all of our elections will soon look something like this:

      1. Moderate or conservative Democrats, and there are a few, will be replaced by extremely liberal Democrats;
      2. Republicans will be replaced by Democrats;
      3. Democrats who are not of Hispanic descent will be replaced by Hispanics.
      4. Any semblance of border security will be voted out of existence.

      Since the words “racist”, “nativist”, etc. get thrown at anyone who wants this country to have any sort of national “balance”, i.e., not be overwhelmed by any particular racial or ethnic group, I can’t imagine we’d ever be able to question the citizenship of any of our elected officials. California is so overwhelming Hispanic, I don’t know if all the members of the school boards, city councils, etc., are even U.S. citizens and I expect I’d be tarred and feathered if I ever tried to find out. Do the various election commissions verify a person’s citizenship before that person’s name is put on our ballots? That is not to say that there might not be members of other nationalities whose citizenship was not validated before they ran for office, but I don’t see a lot of Belgians, Latvians, etc., demanding citizenship or running for office by appealing to their own ethnic groups in their own, foreign languages.

      Lastly, I wonder how long it will be before Canada starts on its border fence.

  4. avatar

    Which is why the Republicans are foolish to think that whatever advantage of, at most, a couple million Latino votes they might gain, is going to make up for the long term effects. Either they become a carbon copy of the Democrats or they do not get a significant amount of Latino votes. The real issue here is that the GOP continues to force itself to the right on other issues that a lot of independent voters do not agree on with them. Actually, a LOT of Democrats and independents DO agree with the Republicans on amnesty and border enforcement. What happens is the party drives itself so far to the right during the primaries on other issues that the eventual candidates can’t overcome the fact that most Americans are neither far left or far right.

    The Democrats figured it out in 1992 with Bill Clinton. They had lost three straight elections because of candidates seen as too far to the left, and they nominated a moderate in Clinton. The issue becomes, what is more important, ideological purity or winning. If you want to let Grover Norquist use his money to drive out any Republican who does not meet his standards, go ahead. Just remember, he’s one vote.

    I have also seen comments about how Texas will eventually be as blue as California. And that’s a goal to shoot for? Millions of poor from other countries creating extensive use of costly social programs? Budget crises and higher taxes on a yearly basis?

    • avatar
      Diane Kelsey on

      I don’t believe it’s a question of Texas becoming as blue as California, but as full of foreigners who have no interest whatsoever in becoming just plain Americans, i.e., un-hyphenated, speaking English, believing that Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, etc., did at least as much for this country as Caesar Chavez, etc. In many, many parts of California, it’s hard to believe you’re still in the United States. And, with all of the discussion of the Boston terrorists, I have heard nothing about the foreign gangs that terrorize neighborhoods in California, Chicago, etc.,
      every day.