Judicial Watch • GOP Amnesty Plan Ignores Will of Republican Voters

GOP Amnesty Plan Ignores Will of Republican Voters

GOP Amnesty Plan Ignores Will of Republican Voters

JANUARY 30, 2014

With the midterm elections looming, House Republicans are discounting their constituents’ wishes by crafting a measure to give illegal immigrants legal status, a chance at permanent U.S. residency and even American citizenship.

The unbelievable plan was confirmed by GOP leadership on national television this week and reiterated in a mainstream newspaper article. Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan, whose national profile rose immensely after running as Mitt Romney’s vice president, revealed that the Republican measure looks to give the nation’s estimated 11 million illegal aliens legal status right away. That means they will get work permits and “come out of the shadows,” said Ryan who chairs the powerful House Budget Committee.

After a probationary period, the newly legalized could green cards and even U.S. citizenship. Incredibly, Ryan said on national television that he and his fellow Republicans want to “make sure this is not an amnesty.” Then what is it? When a country offers millions of people living within its boundaries illegally instant legal status, work permits and a crack at citizenship it’s called amnesty.

This could be costly come November. A recent national poll conducted by Judicial Watch and Breitbart revealed that a full 71% of Republicans support enforcing immigration laws with just 21% in favor of changing them. The survey also determined that a plurality of Americans (49%) believe the U.S. should enforce current immigration laws and that they expect illegal immigrants to return to their homes rather than changing the law to provide legal status for the ones already here.

The same poll, released in late December, also showed that 51% of Americans either “strongly oppose” or “somewhat oppose” sanctuary cities that protect illegal aliens by prohibiting police from enforcing federal immigration laws. Even among demographics more likely than average to favor sanctuary policies, the plurality still want federal immigration laws enforced, the JW survey found. For example, although 41% of Hispanics favor sanctuary policies, 46% still oppose them.

At least one high-ranking Republican, Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions, has taken note of this, issuing a memo to his House colleagues following Ryan’s announcement. Sessions warns of the negative impact that the immigration proposals moving through congress would have on American workers, taxpayers and the rule of law. His memo includes objective polling data—not misleading polls from special interests—demonstrating the depth to which the measures are repudiated by working and middle class workers from all backgrounds.

“A sensible immigration policy would also listen to the opinion of the American people not the opinions of the paid-for consultants trotted out with their agenda-driven polls to GOP member meetings…” the Sessions memo says, citing a Rasmussen report that shows working and middle class Americans strongly oppose large expansions of our already generous immigration system. The senator also drives home an important point: “There should be no special path to citizenship for those who have broken our immigration laws.”

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  • oldsarge44

    If they are going to overlook the fact that these illegal aliens are law-breakers then which other laws can we break without being punished? Speeding, driving without a license, no car insurance, etc. Don’t have to guess on this one, we would be punished and fined. The illegal aliens broke the laws of a sovereign nation by crossing its borders illegally and should be deported.

  • Peteboggs

    Aiding & abetting illegality is… illegal! There is no Constitutional protection for selling out the people’s interests to one world corporatists.

  • bird

    once again we hear of a politician – just protecting his OWN meal ticket/retirement with unjustified voters

  • oxpoqxo

    It is all around sad. While they have dithered it feels like parts of America have been invaded by people who no longer speak English. I can go for a walk and encounter the usual amount of people but not one of them speaks English. Honestly it is like I am the one in a foreign country. Of course, I’m sure none of the elites have this problem. They mostly live in Washington where the only language is $.

  • Prospector69

    I think that this position has not been throughly thought out. It is quite simple. You don’t reward people for doing something that is illegal. Does he reward his children for doing the wrong thing? Does he advocate for rewarding robbers, terrorists, muggers, drug dealers or Justin Beibers for misconduct? I sure hope not!
    You reward people for the right conduct.
    It didn’t work in the past. I see no reason to think it will work now! Then is then and now is now logic is faulty thinking.