Jeb Bush tests the waters

Featured image Jeb Bush is coming under fire for saying yesterday that many of those who enter the U.S. illegally do so as “an act of love” towards their family and therefore shouldn’t be treated as ordinary criminals. Bush stated: Yes, they broke the law, but it’s not a felony. It’s an act of love. It’s an act of commitment to your family. I honestly think that that is a different kind »

When Does the New York Times Make Common Cause With Industry?

Featured image When the subject is immigration: how to get more of it, especially unskilled Mexicans; how to legalize those who are already here; and above all, why the Republican Party is in deep trouble if it doesn’t go along with the Times’ open borders ideology. Hence this story in yesterday’s Times: “California Farmers Short of Labor, and Patience.” The theme of the article is that California farmers need to import more »

Latino voters as “Reagan Democrats?” You’re having a laugh

Featured image During yesterday’s CPAC panel on immigration reform, Alfonso Aguilar, the executive director of the Latino Partnership for Conservative Principles, claimed that “Latino voters are the Reagan Democrats of today.” Rev. Luis Cortés Jr.​ added, “I believe that the majority of them can actually be members of CPAC in the future.” Aguilar’s claim is preposterous. Reagan Democrats wouldn’t have voted by more than 70 percent for a leftist president. Cortes’ claim, »

Can there be meaningful immigration reform without citizenship?

Featured image CPAC presented a panel on immigration today. I wasn’t there, but this report suggests that the panel was an improvement over last year’s, which was basically a cheerleading session for amnesty and a path to citizenship. Unlike last year, today’s panel included one member, Derrick Morgan of the Heritage Foundation, who opposes that agenda. The panel was supposed to discuss this question: “Can there be meaningful immigration reform without citizenship?” »

Report: House GOP leadership to behave rationally

Featured image Robert Costa reports in the Washington Post that the GOP House leadership has decided to close up shop on bipartisan legislation and focus exclusively on proposals that have wide Republican backing. This would mean no big-ticket items such as immigration reform this year. One must always be wary of the leadership’s disavowal of intent to pursue immigration reform. It may be an attempt to calm the waters, cause the base »

George Will’s flawed case for immigration reform

Featured image While we’re on the subject of George Will, let’s consider his column today in favor of comprehensive immigration reform. Will races through a series of objections by conservatives to such reform, dismissing many of them as reflecting a lack of faith in the vibrancy of our economy and our society that he finds unbecoming in conservatives. Knee-jerk pessimism is unbecoming in conservatives, but so is knee-jerk optimism. Conservatives should not »

Thanks, but no thanks, Chuck

Featured image You’ve got to love Chuck Schumer. The ever-helpful Senator has proposed that, since Republicans don’t trust President Obama to implement immigration reform legislation, they should pass legislation that kicks in after his term expires. Speaker Boehner promptly dismissed the idea, noting that it would leave Obama with no incentive to enforce existing immigration laws during the final three years of his presidency. That’s a valid objection. There is also the »

Does Michael Needham run the Republican party?

Featured image David Brooks seems to think so. On NBC’s Meet the Press, Brooks said that the immigration reform debate is really “about who runs the Republican Party.” That is, “do the leaders who want to have a long-term future, a presidential, national future as a multi-racial party, do they run the party, or does Mike [Needham] run the party. And the truth is, Mike runs the party.” Brooks is partly right. »

Is John Boehner the village idiot?

Featured image No, but he sometimes plays the part. The question was prompted by this headline in today’s Washington Post: “Boehner says Obama must gain GOP trust on immigration.” In what universe could President Obama ever deserve Republican trust on any issue? Boehner knows that no such universe exists. But by focusing on the issue of trust, Boehner puts himself in a win-win situation from his prospective. If Obama doesn’t undertake any »

The immigration credibility gap: it isn’t just Obama’s

Featured image The House GOP leadership’s current line on immigration reform is that passage of legislation is in serious doubt due to lack of trust in President Obama’s willingness to enforce what Congress passes on the subject. Thus, Speaker Boehner says: There’s widespread doubt about whether this administration can be trusted to enforce our laws. And it’s going to be difficult to move any immigration legislation until that changes. The American people, »

McConnell: Immigration reform unlikely this year

Featured image The Hill reports that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell says he doesn’t see any way the Democratic-controlled Senate and GOP-led House will agree on immigration reform legislation in 2014. McConnell explained: I think we have sort of an irresolvable conflict here. The Senate insists on comprehensive [legislation]. The House says it won’t go to conference with the Senate on comprehensive and wants to look at [it] step by step. I »

Republicans to the rescue (of Dems)?

Featured image Thomas Sowell considers the quandary of the push by House GOP leadership for immigration reform. He poses the question: “Republicans to the rescue?” (of Democrats, of course). The column packs a lot of wit and wisdom into a short space. The whole thing could make up a quotable quote, but let me break it down into a few bite-sized portions and ask you to read the whole thing. One of »

GOP leadership vs. rising stars?

Featured image On CBS’s Face the Nation gabfest this morning, Major Garrett (substituting for Bob Schieffer) tried manfully to get House Majority Leader Eric Cantor to open up about the House leadership’s announced immigration reform principles (video below). Cantor wouldn’t sing, apart from reciting support for the Democratic line on “DREAMers.” (Insert groan here.) Why so shy? I find that peculiar. I don’t think the explanation is stupidity. I don’t think the »

What are they thinking and how can their thinking be changed?

Featured image This morning, in a post called “What Are They Thinking?,” Scott asked the question about which speculation has become rampant: Why is the House leadership preparing to push for immigration reform that the base doesn’t want at a time when the GOP seems poised to make big gains in the upcoming election? Scott posits “stupidity.” John has posited “cupidity,” stating: “the principal reason the Republican House leadership is willing to »

What are they thinking?

Featured image According to the headline on the Wall Street Journal article by Laura Meckler and Kristina Peterson announces (shocker!): “Obama Signals He Would Back House GOP Immigration Framework.” Well, duh. The subhead, however, is a little more mysterious: “Republicans Say Rank-and-File at Party Retreat Largely Accepts Plan.” If so, I would like to shout, get a clue! By contrast, with respect to the weight of sentiment inside the House GOP conference, »

Was John Boehner a Football Player?

Featured image Not that I know of. But Michael Ramirez suggests that might explain the House leadership’s otherwise inexplicable pivot to immigration. Click to enlarge: »

Keystone Cops?

Featured image As noted in posts nearby, Republicans seem determined to play the Keystone Cops on immigration,* when they should be playing Keystone pipeline layers 24/7 right now.  John directs us in my post from earlier today to our friends at IER who think the positive State Department assessment means nothing.  Perhaps they are right. But it is just as possible that Obama will play politics with Keystone.  The NBC News report on »