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The Gang of Eight Trap

Proponents of the Gang of Eight immigration-reform bill often argue the following: If Republicans help pass comprehensive immigration reform, they will deprive Democrats of a useful political talking point — that the GOP is anti-Hispanic (cf. Mitt Romney and “self-deportation”) — and thus avoid becoming a “minority party for a generation,” in the words of Senator Chuck Schumer, the Gang’s ringleader/notorious partisan

But if the Gang’s bill becomes law, Schumer’s party would gain plenty of opportunities to attack Republicans as uncaring racists when Democrats inevitably seek to roll back many of the bill’s key enforcement and security provisions. And Republicans ought to know better, because it’s happened before. I explain how in my story on the homepage.

Andrew Stiles — Andrew Stiles is a political reporter for National Review Online. He previously worked at the Washington Free Beacon, and was an intern at The Hill newspaper. Stiles is a 2009 ...

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