Robert Knight

It doesn’t matter whether the Republican-led House passes good, workable immigration legislation.

The bill would have to go to a House/Senate conference committee, where Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid would almost certainly trash border enforcement and ensure mass amnesty for 11 million estimated illegal aliens, also known as “unregistered Democrats.”

This would be followed quickly by a mass influx of more illegals through family ties and midnight border crossings, and the beginning of the drive for yet more immigration “reform.”

A selling point of the Senate version is that it creates hoops for illegals to jump through that would mean waiting years to get on the path to citizenship, behind those already in line legally. The moment such a bill was signed, however, Democrats would introduce a new bill to speed up the process. Anyone opposed will be branded a heartless bigot.

Knowing all this, it’s astonishing to watch the GOP leadership buy into the idea that they can “fix” the bill. This is despite clear evidence that the Democrats are more interested in stoking resentment for political purposes. As Wes Pruden has pointed out in The Washington Times, Mr. Reid’s rough treatment of Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley’s border security amendment speaks volumes. Either the GOP agrees to a toothless bill – or else.

Recall that three years ago, Sen. Reid took House Resolution 3590, about an entirely different topic, gutted it, filled it with 2,700 pages of Obamacare, renamed it and jammed it through despite its failure to attract a single GOP vote for the final version. What makes the House leadership think that their amnesty bill reforms would survive conferencing?

On immigration, the best thing the House could do right now is … nothing. The immigration “crisis” did not emerge overnight, and it will take years to sort out. The U.S. needs a secure border and hard-working, legal immigrants, not anarchy. But Democrats and big business Republicans are hoping to stampede the House GOP leadership into committing political suicide. Flooding America with millions more people who have no understanding of constitutional, limited government is a fast track to dependency, one-party rule and socialism.

Consultants who masterminded Romney’s defeat point to the pathetic 27% Hispanic vote for the Republican ticket in 2012, and predict that if the GOP embraces Democratic New York Sen. Chuck Schumer’s Gang of Eight immigration bill, the GOP total of the Hispanic vote could rise to as much as the 44 percent that George W. Bush managed in 2004.


Robert Knight

Robert Knight is an author, senior fellow for the American Civil Rights Union and a frequent contributor to Townhall.


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