The Amnesty Lobby, aka the Democratic Party, Drops any Pretense of Supporting Immigration Enforcement

Up until a few years ago, the Democratic leadership was willing to pretend that they would support enhanced immigration enforcement in exchange for amnesty for illegal aliens. No more. The mere rumor that the White House is working on a deal that includes construction of the border fence, more detention for illegal border-crossers, and mandatory E-Verify in exchange for a DREAM Act amnesty, now evokes righteous indignation from the Democratic leadership.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) flatly rejected the idea. “Dreamers are not a bargaining chip for the border wall and inhumane deportation. Period,” he tweeted. (For the record, Schumer voted in favor of the border wall in 2006.) On the other side of the Hill, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) was even more adamant, asserting that it is “reprehensible to treat children as bargaining chips…Dreamers are not negotiable.”

And those were the cooler heads weighing in. The George Soros-funded amnesty mob responded with outright militancy. The Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM) railed against the suggestion that our immigration laws should be enforced. The enforcement measures in the rumored deal are “nothing more than a wish list for xenophobes that holds 800,000 DREAMers hostage in an attempt to execute their ethnic cleansing agenda,” they charged in a press release.

In retrospect, these responses from the Democratic leadership and the massively funded amnesty lobby highlight just how important the defeat of the Gang of Eight bill was. Schumer, Pelosi, et al, never had the slightest intention of honoring any of the bill’s promises of future enforcement. Quite frankly, many in the Republican leadership were just pretending too.

Luckily, the American public was not willing to fall for this con. This time around, the Democratic leadership isn’t even trying to con us. Amnesty is now, as Ms. Pelosi put it, a non-negotiable demand.

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Ira joined the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) in 1986 with experience as a journalist, professor of journalism, special assistant to Gov. Richard Lamm (Colorado), and press secretary of the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee. His columns have appeared in National Review, LA Times, NY Times, Washington Post, Newsweek, and more. He is an experienced TV and radio commentator.


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    Fine. Then deport all of them and build the wall anyway. The Dims can’t recognize a gift when they see one.

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    Ted Kennedy on the 1986 amnesty: “We will secure the borders henceforth. We will never again bring forward another amnesty bill like this.”

    Schumer was the leader in the House for the 1986 amnesty. The gang of eight bill of a couple years ago was nothing more than the same dog and pony show of the previous one. Amnesty was virtually guaranteed with the passage of the bill, and border security and enforcement were nothing more than issues to be postponed and studied, with time lines of five years or more. It also gave the head of Homeland Security virtually unlimited power to suspend any and all deportations.

    McCain can also be added to the liar’s hall of fame on this issue. Every time he had a primary opponent that was tough on illegals, he also got tough, blitzing the airways with commercials. Then afterward he always went back immediately to his amnesty position.

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      How can you be so brainless n innaccurate …. Also the Republicans n The People You are at fault….

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        I blamed McCain. I guess you are unaware he’s a Republican. And tell me what I said that was “inaccurate”. Specifically. Spell it out.

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      Wait….. wasn’t Reagan the President?… come you don’t blame him….you belong to a cult….

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        Was it Reagan who didn’t hold up his end of the bargain? Were the borders strengthened like Teddy promised? Did Congress provide the money to do it? Didn’t Teddy support more amnesties later? Hasn’t Schumer? Do you prefer to be lied to?

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          Simple ….. Republicans n Reagan are responsible for the 1986 amnesty. But you have now crushes with Obama n Kennedy N now you elected Mitchell, Ryan Pence n Trump. Etc have you not have enough to run this land? You have caused single handed more damage that any Democrats it Republicans by putting what works against The People m.m..shame on you!!!

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          You owe an apology to brain morons everywhere. Our troll is way less intelligent than any brain dead moron I know.

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      Screw his military record. He’s milked it to desth. He’s a despicable RINO & a disgrace 2 Arizona.