Skip to comments.Jeb Bush: A Republican Case for Immigration Reform
Posted on 07/01/2013 4:36:07 AM PDT by bestintxas
Now that the Senate has passed comprehensive immigration reform, the action shifts to the House of Representatives. Here the GOP's informal "Hastert Rule" requires Speaker John Boehner to have majority support among Republicans before he will bring legislation to the floor for a vote. That means an immigration bill will need a far greater share of Republican House members than the Senate version received (where fewer than one-third of Republicans voted "aye").
This is a tall order. But it is one to which House Republicans should respond.
No Republican would vote for legislation that stifled economic growth, promoted illegal immigration, added to the welfare rolls, and failed to ensure a secure border. Yet they essentially will do just that if they fail to pass comprehensive immigration reformand leave in place a system that does all of those things.
To grow economically, the nation needs more young workers, as the population is aging and its growth is slowing. Yet only 13% of the immigration visas each year are issued for work or special skills. Nearly two-thirds go to relatives of existing residents, under an expansive definition of family preferences that includes not just spouses and minor children but parents, siblings and unmarried adult children.
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A “Republican” case. Not a “Conservative” case.
A vote for immigration reform is a vote for amnesty. No matter the provisions put in place to avert that, those provisions, just like our current laws on the books, will be ignored while the legalization process will move forward at lightening speed.
We’ve been fooled before. The GOP-e needs to understand that there is a line in the sand here. We won’t be fooled again. Sell out our values, our culture, our heritage, and our founding principles, and you will be dead to us.
Hannity asked Ryan the other day if he was concerned that “immigration reform” would create a civil war within the Party. This isn’t some concept limited to FR. They know. They do.
The GOP-e is torn between its donors and its base (not the same people). They are trying to walk a thin line. If the GOP-e is bound and determined to put its donors above its base in order to pass amnesty, then the Party is done.
In 2006, amnesty was defeated because the establishment rightly determined that their base would cry out louder than their donors. Since then, the establishment has demonized the base in their own minds. The propaganda attack they’ve waged with Rubio, Rove et. all and bought with Zuckerberg’s money and ads should tell you how the GOP-e views this. They’re all in for amnesty this time, base be damned.
Amnesty will destroy the GOP. Not in 20 yrs. In 2014.
What happens when “Where else do conservatives have to go?” is answered by, “Go to hell!”
Passing amnesty is a declaration of war. There’s a rebellion brewing.
It’s going to be fun watching y’all bash tubby bush now only to end up carrying his water in 3 years.
That's it. The issue is settled. Just like the liberal oppressors say Climate Change is 'settled.'
All the 'ills' Bush cites as reasons for 'comprehensive immigration reform' are the wounds and scars this country bears because it abandoned the battlements of our sovereign borders and deserted its obligation to enforce EXISTING LAWS!
Jeb Bush, Mario Rubio, and any other appeasing misguided opportunist hopelessly wishing that Hispanics will vote Republican if we 'only' did blah, blah, blah......
They are self-aggrandizing traitors, nothing more.
I bet Jeb did not write one word.
No more bush clan... your daddy is a one world order progressive... your brother screwed us up so badly that he pushed 53% of America into obama’s arms and now you want to turn us into a third world evacuation port. No more bush family ruling over America... ever! MAMMA GRIZZLY PARTY JEB... just keep it up jerk.
It’s all about amnesty, chain migration and dem voter registration. The rest is window dressing.
Don’t forget the airports. The NYC metro area is awash in foreign born people. Asians, white people, black people; sure Hispanic people too, but many of them are Puerto Ricans and hence Americans. The whites, etc. are not coming in via the southern border.
I’m not saying these people have all entered illegally, but I’m sure quite a number of them have.
Uhuh. Meanwhile in reality land, observe the subprime a$$paper that effectively did all of the above.
How's that making the grass grow on W's Ameriquest Field [Ranger Stadium] these days, Jebster?
“Amnesty will destroy the GOP. Not in 20 yrs. In 2014.” This.
Maybe Jeb ought to go kiss the feet of Benghazi Hillary again and tell everyone how great and worthy she is. That’ll show everyone how bipartisan he is!
Just like Dole, McaCain, and Romney.
They know damn well what the certain result of importing tens of millions of poverty stricken non-english speaking third worlders will be, and they know that while Americans will surely suffer, they think they will somehow personally benefit.
Lots of cheap labor that will keep the Chamber of Commerce types contributing to our campaigns.
THAT is the Republican case for immigration “reform”.
To grow economically, the nation needs more young workers, as the population is aging and its growth is slowing.
The black youth unemployment rate is now something like 40% (in some cities it's close to 50%). One would think that would be a cause for concern, but I guess to Jeb and his WSJ buddies at the country club, those kids simply don't exist...
Actually, Jeb, one-third of Senate Republicans did just that last week. You're just too dishonest to admit such.
“Maybe Jeb ought to go kiss the feet of Benghazi Hillary again and tell everyone how great and worthy she is.”
The elite give each other awards and exalt each other. There is no difference in agenda between D & R, only in implementation details.
We need a second party to oppose the ruling Democrat-Republican Party.
Umm, Jeb, you happen to look at youth unemployment recently? It is horrible; less than half of the youth population even indicates it wants a job, a third are bothering to look, and of that third, only 3/4's can find a job.
Is that because businesses are discriminating against youth employment? Nope, it's because the jobs that they would normally start in, the jobs that many Americans started in, are occupied by the vast population of illegals - yard work, scut construction jobs, dish washing, etc. And jobs they might step up into are also occupied by even more illegals - landscaping, framing, table clearing.
And if, let's say amnesty passes, and maybe this time more than 40% of the illegals go on the path to citizenship, they'll occupy the next few rungs of the ladder, giving room to more illegals to occupy the bottom jobs.
To top everything off, if it is anything like last time around, the majority of those who will apply and stick out the amnesty process will not seek to climb the economic ladder, but instead seek to climb the welfare ladder. Any illegal 50 or older would be an utter fool not to get in line to rob us, as of course they will qualify for social security, checks that will continue even if they return to their native countries for retirement.
Jeb, what we need is enforcement of existing laws, to re-open the job market to our youth. We don't need more amnesty, we don't need more direct immigration.
Sorry JB...no sale.
You forgot that the conservative electorate has the ability to think.