Ira Mehlman

“Follow the money.” It’s still the surest way to trace the roots of a political disaster: Watergate, the S&L crisis, the mortgage meltdown, Obamacare, and just about every other avoidable mess that has shaken this nation over the past half century.

It will also be the surest way to trace the next political disaster if John Boehner and his inner circle of House Republican leaders decide to force through a package of immigration bills that include amnesty for illegal aliens, and massive increases in future immigration. The primary reason why Boehner and company might move on immigration in 2014 – perhaps the only reason – is money: lots and lots of it.

Granting amnesty to millions of people who broke our laws, who occupy millions of jobs in our economy, and who (along with their U.S.-born kids) consume billions of dollars in public resources, fails every test of good public policy, not to mention basic common sense. Vastly expanding access to new foreign workers at a time when more than 20 million Americans are either unemployed or underemployed, and millions more find themselves downwardly mobile, would pound the final nail in the coffin of our once robust middle class.

Nevertheless, that sort of immigration “reform” is exactly what business interests in the United States are demanding, and they are prepared to spend huge sums of money to get it. Having invested heavily in winning approval by the Senate for S.744, the so-called Gang of Eight bill, these interests are likely to spare no expense to get the House to follow suit.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, a $136 million a year lobbying juggernaut in Washington, has placed immigration at the top of its legislative wish-list. The Chamber’s lobbying effort is being spearheaded personally by the group’s president Thomas Donohue. Achieving this goal, said the New York Times, would be “the capstone to his long career.”

The collective fire power of the business lobby is aimed directly at Republican lawmakers in the House. Asserting de facto ownership of the party, the Chamber’s “mantra,” according to its chief political strategist Scott Reed, is “No fools on our ticket.” [Emphasis added.]

Ira Mehlman

Ira Mehlman is the Media Director of the Federation for American Immigration Reform.