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House GOP Immigration Strategy: Hope and Change

Paul Ryan yesterday laid out the House Republican leadership’s amnesty strategy, at a meeting with Texas business leaders. According to Politico, it will consist of at least four bills, to be voted on by the end of the summer: 1) an amnesty for illegal aliens that doesn’t lead to citizenship, 2) a Dream Act–like amnesty granting green cards (and eventual citizenship) to illegals who came as teenagers and younger, 3) a bill requiring tracking of foreign nationals (like the eight previous ones passed since 1996), and 4) increased importation of low-skilled workers to compete with unemployed Americans. They’re trying to get the approval of Representative Luis Gutierrez, the firebrand amnesty-pusher from Chicago, who would never — can never — accept any arrangement that would require the full implementation of enforcement systems prior to any legalization.

That’s what makes this the funniest paragraph in the Politico piece:

Also, the [Republican] party is now crafting language that would seek to force President Barack Obama to enforce the totality of any law passed. Republicans say they don’t trust the president after he has unilaterally waved parts of the health care law.

If they were interested in “forcing” Obama to “enforce the totality of any law passed” they could do that now, since he’s brazenly ignoring the immigration law with impunity. In effect, Boehner, Cantor, McCarthy, and Ryan are hoping that Obama will keep enforcement promises once all the illegal aliens have received an immediate amnesty, in a change from all prior experience.

“Hope and change” duped enough voters to send Obama to the presidency. Apparently, it has now snookered the House GOP leadership into trying to save his floundering presidency.

Mark Krikorian, a nationally recognized expert on immigration issues, has served as Executive Director of the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) since 1995.

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