It’s about time we got some tough talk from Republican leadership as it pertains to Obama’s immigration strategy. In fact, it’s well past time. Speaking on a conference call with reporters and activists Monday, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus took aim at the president’s plan to give amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants.
It’s unconstitutional, illegal, and we don’t support it. It is wrong. It is un-American for a president to try and do such a thing. I want to make it clear: There is no part of me, there is not a molecule in my body that agrees with the president on executive amnesty.
Priebus followed the tough talk with a promise that Republicans would do everything possible to block executive amnesty if they win back the Senate on November 4th. Not only that, but he seemed rather confident that they could pull it off. He assured listeners that they would use every available measure, including lawsuits, defunding the government, and injunction to stop Obama.
The Dangers of Amnesty
There’s no question that amnesty would potentially be devastating for the country. Perhaps the worst aspect of the idea is that it would encourage others to try their luck at the border. After all, what could be more inspiring than the prospect of getting through, waiting a bit, and then becoming a legal citizen through questionable means? It certainly has a more appealing flavor to it than the prospect of being jailed and deported. We were assured this wouldn’t happen when we tried this the first time, in 1986. Today, there are millions more illegals, and we’re back at square one, rehashing the same old arguments.
That’s to say nothing of the monetary costs. A recent study by the Heritage Foundation found that amnesty would pave the way for today’s illegals to receive nearly $10 trillion in government benefits over the course of their lifetimes. This is hardly offset by the $3 trillion in taxes they would pay over that same period. At a time when we should be doing everything possible to eliminate this culture of dependency, amnesty is one of the worst moves we could make.
Can Republicans Do It?
Still, I don’t have a lot of confidence in the GOP’s chances of stopping it. Where was all this rhetoric six months ago? Priebus’s tough words feel like last-ditch election desperation from a party that has not done nearly enough to get control of illegal immigration. Boehner, McCarthy, Cantor; Republican leadership has been all too willing to include amnesty in their plans for immigration reform.
I hope Priebus is right. I hope Republicans take the Senate and do something with this opportunity. The people of this country are acutely aware that America is headed in the wrong direction, and a strong, conservative legislature could be enough to right the ship.
I guess we’ll see.