House GOP Retreat on American People


On Thursday, the House Republican leadership waved the white flag and are now attempting to surrender America’s sovereignty to the open borders lobby by officially endorsing amnesty legislation. Tellingly, the two-page document, titled “Standards for Immigration Reform,” adopts the language of amnesty advocates by generically stating that “[o]ur nation’s immigration system is broken” and even referring to illegal aliens as “Individuals Living Outside the Rule of Law.”

The main component of the proposal is a large-scale amnesty for the 12 million illegal aliens in the United States. The plan calls for illegal aliens to “come forward” and “admit their culpability,” undergo “rigorous” background checks, pay “significant” fines and back taxes, learn English and civics, and be able to financially support themselves so they can “get right with the law.” If this sounds familiar, that’s because these eligibility standards are nearly identical to the Senate Gang of Eight’s outline last January before they released their mass guest worker amnesty bill! Perhaps wanting to sound tough on enforcement, Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) & Co. added the adjectives “rigorous” and “significant” to prove they really, really mean it. The GOP leaders claim, much like the Gang of Eight talking points, that “[c]riminal aliens, gang members, and sex offenders” will be ineligible for amnesty. Of course, we know that the Gang of Eight lied about criminal aliens and gang members not being eligible for amnesty as well as lying about the requirement to pay back taxes and learn English.

In addition to this one-size-fits-all amnesty provision, the House GOP plan calls for an expedited path to citizenship for minors, or “DREAMers” as amnesty proponents refer to them.

Regarding enforcement, the Republican plan uses broad statements of “securing our country’s borders, enforcing our laws, and implementing robust enforcement measures.” Interestingly, the workplace enforcement point does not specifically mention the highly effective E-Verify program. If you guessed that the Senate bill also gutted E-Verify in favor of building a new program from scratch, you would be correct. Moreover, the plan declares that “[w]e must secure our borders now” but does not specifically call for any border fencing. The proposal also includes a cursory statement on implementing a biometric entry-exit system which has been required by law for years.

Remarkably, the House GOP appears to have abandoned the American worker in favor of special interests. With only three percent of American adults rating immigration as “the most important problem facing this country,” and 52 percent of Republicans and 42 percent of independents saying they would be less likely to vote for politicians who support a “path to citizenship for illegal immigrants,” clearly the GOP is not listening to its constituents. Instead, they are listening to special interests like Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg—who, for what he lacks in substantive knowledge of immigration policy, apparently makes up for with his checkbook.

Finally, given that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce clearly played a role in drafting these so-called principles, you would think their high paid lobbyists would know the difference between “principles” and “principals.” Apparently not, as the GOP document foolishly declares: “These are the principals [sic]guiding us in that effort.” (emphasis added)

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    Helen Kirkendall on

    No amnesty, it will Boehner’s death sentence as speaker of the house, and he will be voted out

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    I’m Sure This Surprises

    None of the FAIR bloggers….its too bad that the honest truth like this was considerred [and still is] negative/racist thinking…..the fabric of America is torn to shreds by open border lies.

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    “Individuals Living Outside the Rule of Law.”, just amazing…. maybe we should use this term from now on for Congress.

    So how are these law breakers going to pay all those back taxes and fines? With their welfare and foods stamps?

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    Utterly preposterous for these politicians to lie to the very people they are supposed to be representing. Bunch of low life scumbags with god syndrome. Its time to overturn this government and lock up all their asses for treason aginst this country, its citizens and the constitution…

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    They need to be all voted out for just thinking about it. This government is NOT FOR WE THE PEOPLE. Time to get them out.

    Please sign my petition to make them all self deport. And PLEASE share, the sooner this petition goes in the better, it will at least send a big message to them but they are obligated to look at it and make a decision on it. And this needs to be copied and pasted up when you see it.

    Go to then look for force all illegal immigrants self deport united states America zsHYHVMv

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    Once again we are being sold out for the illegal alien who has come here as a criminals and demanding we give them citizenship.They think because they came here illegally they should be given citizenship before those who have spent years learning our laws ,our language and legally fulfilled every requirement to be here.I’m not against immigration I just feel that those who break our laws and come here without being able to support themselves and come here to feed off those who have paid for and supported programs who can’t even qualify to use them,because they are all given to those who come here to be supported by our government, illegals can come here knowly breaking laws and have more rights than those who have supported this country all their lives.The gang of eight’s bill is is only giving those who have broken laws more rights and less rights for our own citizens.
    It’s not fair to those who have been waiting for citizenship to be given to legall immigrants,than those who have knowly broken our laws and defied our requirements to have such a right to be Americans when they don’t have a legal right to be here.Their own country’s immigration laws will deport any one who can not show that they can support them selves and those who they bring their children who knowingly break laws and endanger them by crossing the borders and having to mule drugs and contraband to help pay for their passage to coyotes.Who take advantage of them.

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    The news was very bad last week with Speaker John Boehner handing down his stinking principle that millions of illegal immigrants in our country should be given amnesty and legal status. However, there was some good news today. The big conservative voice in our country began blasting Boehner and this amnesty scheme over much of his three hour radio show with an intensity I have never heard before. When the most listened to and influential talk radio host in America, Rush Limbaugh, begins training his fire on you and your amnesty agenda, you face the very real possibility of becoming the ex Speaker of the House of Representatives. An already fed up GOP House caucus may finally decide to issue a pink slip to Mr. Boehner and his brain dead team.

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    I find it ironic that Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg wrote the book Lean In, encouraging American women to get good jobs and focus on their careers. But how can American women get great jobs and have dazzling careers if “American” companies like Facebook want to hire as many citizens of foreign countries as possible?