Boehner reassures GOP donors: I’m “hellbent” on passing immigration reform this year

posted at 12:01 pm on April 18, 2014 by Allahpundit

A big gamble if true, but not a crazy one. He’s betting that nothing the GOP does, up to and including amnesty, will enrage grassroots conservatives so much that they’re likely to stay home in protest in November because of it. Anger at ObamaCare trumps all. When the dust settles, after a week or two of talk radio calling Boehner a traitor for passing an immigration bill and vowing to go third party, everyone will swallow hard and decide that they have no choice but to vote for the GOP anyway in the name of stopping O-Care. The redder the Senate turns next year, the greater the odds of repeal in 2017. Although if they’d sell you out on immigration, I’m not sure why you’d think they won’t sell you out on that too when the time comes.

As much as I suspect an immigration deal under these circumstances will inevitably be terrible, I also think Boehner’s bet is a shrewd one. In fact, I’ll place a bet of my own: If they pass something along the lines of the Gang of Eight bill and I end up writing a bunch of posts in October exhorting people to boycott the midterms because of it, some commenters will be calling me a traitor.

Speaker John Boehner and other senior House Republicans are telling donors and industry groups that they aim to pass immigration legislation this year, despite the reluctance of many Republicans to tackle the divisive issue before the November elections.

Many lawmakers and activists have assumed the issue was off the table in an election year. But Mr. Boehner said at a Las Vegas fundraiser last month he was “hellbent on getting this done this year,” according to two people in the room…

Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R., Fla.) also is drafting legislation that would give qualifying undocumented immigrants legal status and the chance to apply for citizenship through existing channels. The bill includes border-security measures and an effort to clear the backlog of applications for permanent legal status, known as green cards.

House leaders have told Mr. Diaz-Balart to have the legislation ready to go for possible debate in June or July, an aide said.

The thinking here, per the Journal, is that trying to pass something on immigration next year will be even harder than it is this year so they’d better suck it up and do it now. If Republicans take back the Senate, Chuck Grassley ends up in charge of the Judiciary Committee — and he’s a much bigger obstacle to amnesty than Pat Leahy and Harry Reid are. In other words, the House GOP needs to make a deal with Senate Democrats now in the name of disempowering other Republicans. Which, actually, makes perfect sense if you believe (as I have all along) that GOP leaders are determined to pass something on immigration before the next presidential vote, to impress Latinos. It doesn’t have to be this year but it does have to be before November 2016, in which case all we’re really debating is timing. If they think there’s any chance that waiting until next year could mean not passing a bill at all before 2016, then yeah, they’ll move this year despite the risk of angering their base before the midterms. Ultimately it’s more important to appease pro-amnesty Latinos than anti-amnesty conservatives, for the simple reason that you’ll eventually come around and vote Republican again. Latinos might not.

One thing I don’t get, though: If Boehner — and Cantor — really are this serious about passing something soon, why would Obama make their job harder by further relaxing his policies on deportation? Even a modest tweak to the rules to appease amnesty fans on his left will give conservatives something new to point to as proof that Obama can’t be trusted to enforce the law and thus reform should be postponed until 2017. You would think that O, being sensitive to that, would back off from any new executive moves for now in order to give Boehner as much political space as possible. Maybe the White House believes that it’s because Obama’s been rattling his saber on deportations that Boehner’s rushing to beat him to the punch with a new bill, but that’s goofy. No one, including immigration paranoiacs like me and Mickey Kaus, think O’s about to make things even harder for Democrats in the midterms by announcing a broad executive amnesty. If he does anything, it’ll be a small change designed purely to pander to liberals. Boehner doesn’t need to leap because of that.

Just to refresh your memory, here’s the man himself back in February warning that there can’t be a deal on reform if the GOP can’t trust O on border security. Two months later, Obama’s talking about making enforcement weaker — and yet Boehner’s reportedly more determined than ever to pass something. It’s almost as if this was a giant lie designed to falsely reassure conservatives while a deal was quietly being worked out. I wonder what that deal will look like.


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Here we got scores of people saying they are not going to vote come this fall if Boehner and Canter pass amnesty.

But Boehner will probably think “oh, they’re just saying that.” Well that’s what the establishment types said when they nominated Romney and millions said “you know what, we ain’t votin.” And guess what, they didn’t vote. That was the 6 million strong “missing white vote” which sunk the issue skirting Romney. So yes, when people say they’re not going to vote come the fall if Beohner passed amnesty or amnesty lite, they mean it. So don’t pass amnesty unless you have a suicidal approach to the R party. Because this time it will be a mass movement the likes of which the Republican party had never seen. The Republicans wouldn’t win the senate, and they’d likely lose the house also.

anotherJoe on April 18, 2014 at 6:07 PM

What exactly does Boehner expect to happen to him if he leads the House toward passing an amnesty? The House will almost surely be more conservative next year and his hold on the Speakership will be tenuous to say the least. I just wonder what the Chamber of Commerce crew have promised to do for his future career.

Reggie1971 on April 18, 2014 at 6:10 PM

I didn’t read all posts, so… Stupid is as stupid does. Or, something like that. You POS, GOPe!

LastRonin on April 18, 2014 at 6:10 PM

Don’t stay home.
If you’re in the District of any House Republican that is in the leadership (Boehner, Cantor, McCarthy, etc.), vote against them in the coming primary (if it has not already passed), and in November (if they survive the primary) vote for their DEM opponent.
That is the only message they understand.

Another Drew on April 18, 2014 at 6:11 PM

I never hear anybody say why we got all these RINOs. Open primaries people.

crankyoldlady on April 18, 2014 at 6:12 PM

If the GOP thinks anyone but Obama will get “credit” with “Hispanics” for passing “immigration reform” they are fools.

DaTechGuy on DaRadio on April 18, 2014 at 12:11 PM

This!

LastRonin on April 18, 2014 at 6:13 PM

I expect they are either being paid or threatened to go along with the Democrats.

crankyoldlady on April 18, 2014 at 6:14 PM

Another Drew on April 18, 2014 at 6:11 PM

While I can appreciate the sentiment… I’d have to scrub my skin off with a Brillo pad to vote for a Democrat. lol Not happenin’.

If I can’t find a Rule-of-Law Republican to vote for, I’ll vote my locals and then do a third-party or write-in on the nationals.

Murf76 on April 18, 2014 at 6:18 PM

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley announces Baltimore City will no longer automatically honor requests from the federal government to hold immigrants for deportation – @baltimoresun

davidk on April 18, 2014 at 6:19 PM

LastRonin on April 18, 2014 at 6:13 PM

That’s the stupidity in all this. There’s literally NOTHING to be had in previous election data or polling that should make them think Hispanics won’t just say “thank you very much” and then go vote for the guy who promises to give them the most stuff.

Murf76 on April 18, 2014 at 6:22 PM

Don’t stay home.
If you’re in the District of any House Republican that is in the leadership (Boehner, Cantor, McCarthy, etc.), vote against them in the coming primary (if it has not already passed), and in November (if they survive the primary) vote for their DEM opponent.

Another Drew on April 18, 2014 at 6:11 PM

Outstanding idea. And vote for the Dem to vote out of office Boehner, Cantor, and Ryan. Seriously.

anotherJoe on April 18, 2014 at 6:25 PM

I think we are giving Boehner way too much credit for his so called strategies…he just isn’t that smart.

d1carter on April 18, 2014 at 6:28 PM

As long as people like Boehner are in charge, I see no reason to be a Republican.

oldennis on April 18, 2014 at 6:29 PM

The Democrats want as many illegal aliens in the country as possible, hoping they can all be turned into Democratic voters.

oldennis on April 18, 2014 at 6:30 PM

Amnesty is self-defeating. Illegals will keep coming, and we will still have a security problem on our southern border. It is no solution. If we wanted to do something constructive, we would stop handing illegals freebies. Then they would have less incentive to smuggle themselves across the border.

oldennis on April 18, 2014 at 6:33 PM

What exactly does Boehner expect to happen to him if he leads the House toward passing an amnesty?
Reggie1971 on April 18, 2014 at 6:10 PM

If amnesty passes, he won’t care. He’ll “evolve”. As long as he and other fake conservatives remain close enough to the taxpayers wallet to skims some their way, they’ll most likely do what they has done before..rationalize and act the role given them.
Why would they care?? They’re basically set whatever happens. The worse case scenario is they retire with a lifelong fat pension and bennies. Oh, the horror of that! Can you imagine what that would be like to have to deal with??

Mimzey on April 18, 2014 at 6:38 PM

WE need to Kiss Boehner ADIOS MF!

Obamatrix on April 18, 2014 at 6:42 PM

Don’t stay home.
If you’re in the District of any House Republican that is in the leadership (Boehner, Cantor, McCarthy, etc.), vote against them in the coming primary (if it has not already passed), and in November (if they survive the primary) vote for their DEM opponent.
That is the only message they understand.
Another Drew on April 18, 2014 at 6:11 PM

They don’t care. It’s a done deal. They control the vertical the horizontal. They have the neocon cheerleaders telling us that their primary challengers have no chance on defeating them. There are some people who will buy their rigged polls, and stay home. Me, I’ll do whatever it takes to get rid of them, even donate to Democrats

Brock Robamney on April 18, 2014 at 6:43 PM

The WALLET is in the hands of the liberals, progressives, commies and socuialists enjoying the fruits of OPM other peoples money

Comrade Obama need a prison cell.

Obamatrix on April 18, 2014 at 6:43 PM

No. It is not. That is just the voters voting stupidly. We had the choice to nominate and elect Hunter in 2008 and Bachmann in 2012. We chose not to do so. Nobody had to stuff a single ballot to defeat those of us who oppose America being invaded.

That is the voters behaving irresponsibly and stupidly, and we will pay dearly for it, but it has absolutely nothing to do with fixing the elections.

By calling political trickery ‘election fixing’ you degrade the significance of actual fixing such as stuffing ballot boxes or denying legally eligible candidates the right to run.

fadetogray on April 18, 2014 at 3:22 PM

GOPe pundits declared people like Hunter, Bachmann, Perry, Palin, Gingrich, etc. ‘unelectable,’ and did so in an endless drumbeat, aided and abetted by the mainstream media (who were more than happy to provide the GOPe with a ridiculously long debate cycle and a fraud of a primary season).

Forcing the party’s rank-and-file into voting for their anointed candidates in that matter IS fixing an election. Call the voters stupid all you want, if you like to stick your head in the sand and ignore the real problem. And the real threat to the US is the GOPe itself.

Myron Falwell on April 18, 2014 at 7:06 PM

What exactly does Boehner expect to happen to him if he leads the House toward passing an amnesty?
Reggie1971 on April 18, 2014 at 6:10 PM

He’ll switch party affiliations to the Democrat party and continue to win unopposed elections. Cantor and Ryan are also counting on that as well.

Myron Falwell on April 18, 2014 at 7:08 PM

He’s betting that nothing the GOP does, up to and including amnesty, will enrage grassroots conservatives so much that they’re likely to stay home in protest in November because of it.

Then Boehner is borderline retarded. If he passes this crap sandwich, there won’t really be any reason to head to the polls this fall. Or ever again, for that matter.

Physics Geek on April 18, 2014 at 7:08 PM

Don’t stay home.
If you’re in the District of any House Republican that is in the leadership (Boehner, Cantor, McCarthy, etc.), vote against them in the coming primary (if it has not already passed), and in November (if they survive the primary) vote for their DEM opponent.
That is the only message they understand.

Another Drew on April 18, 2014 at 6:11 PM

I agree about the primary, but not sure what it may accomplish to vote D in the general if you want to send them a message.

More votes for Ds will just give the impression more leftists showed up at the polls.

Now voting third party or writing in a name in the general does send a message.

And as I’ve said before, Cantor at least has a credible challenger with Dave Brat. Not sure about the others, but it wouldn’t surprise me if someone was challenging these RINOS.

cat_owner on April 18, 2014 at 7:15 PM

Forcing the party’s rank-and-file into voting for their anointed candidates in that matter IS fixing an election. Call the voters stupid all you want, if you like to stick your head in the sand and ignore the real problem. And the real threat to the US is the GOPe itself.

Myron Falwell on April 18, 2014 at 7:06 PM

How is anyone being “forced” to back the anointed candidates?

cat_owner on April 18, 2014 at 7:17 PM

Both AllahP and Boehner underestimate the anger amnesty will cause. This sorry has this past GOP precinct chair fuming.

WannabeAnglican on April 18, 2014 at 7:17 PM

The Democrats want as many illegal aliens in the country as possible, hoping they can all be turned into Democratic voters.

oldennis on April 18, 2014 at 6:30 PM

The RINOs, who’re really DIABLOs (Democrats in all but labels only) fulfill their wishes.

Schadenfreude on April 18, 2014 at 7:19 PM

How is anyone being “forced” to back the anointed candidates?

cat_owner on April 18, 2014 at 7:17 PM

Many conservatives trust anything that Charles Krauthammer, George Will, Karl Rove and Joe Scarborough say or write as the unvarnished gospel. All of them declared Palin ‘unelectable,’ and declared Romney ‘electable’ back in 2012.

Because of that misplaced trust, those aforementioned pundits hold more sway in the conservative movement than they should.

Myron Falwell on April 18, 2014 at 7:25 PM

I agree about the primary, but not sure what it may accomplish to vote D in the general if you want to send them a message.

More votes for Ds will just give the impression more leftists showed up at the polls.

cat_owner on April 18, 2014 at 7:15 PM

If the GOPe candidate is a closet leftist, as Bohenor, Cantor and Ryan all are, then it really doesn’t make a difference who you vote for. Socialism or Socialism. Hrm.

In which case, third party would at least wash one’s hands. The Democrat will win anyway, so what is there really to lose?

Myron Falwell on April 18, 2014 at 7:29 PM

I can’t vote for these liberal republican traitors.
I can’t vote for the progressives, because it’ll immediately make me ill.
I hate to stay home & do nothing.
Defeat & betrayal is so hard to take.
In my state of SC, we have Lindsey Graham, a big amnesty supporter. There is no way I’ll vote for him.
I guess the only thing to do is write in my dog’s name.

Belle on April 18, 2014 at 7:31 PM

I’m “hellbent” on passing immigration reform this year

Well, conservative voters are hellbent on getting rid of your RINO ass.

redguy on April 18, 2014 at 7:41 PM

I’m “hellbent” on passing immigration reform this year

If he feels that strongly about it, why doesn’t he say it clearly and on camera? You know..so people won’t misunderstand his position?

Mimzey on April 18, 2014 at 8:01 PM

“I’m hellbent on ensuring that no Republican will ever again call 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue his home….”. Why doesn’t Boehner tell it like it is?

MaiDee on April 18, 2014 at 8:16 PM

House Republicans Might Pass Immigration Bills After All, Just as They Always Planned

May they all go to Hell. Good bye Rs.

Schadenfreude on April 18, 2014 at 8:46 PM

If he feels that strongly about it, why doesn’t he say it clearly and on camera? You know..so people won’t misunderstand his position?

Mimzey on April 18, 2014 at 8:01 PM

For the same reason every politician that gets the revelation that amnesty is a great idea “genuinely” evolves that position after running as an immigration patriot and getting elected.

David Blue on April 18, 2014 at 8:50 PM

SoH Boehner Guarantees the End of the GOP

mathewsjw on April 18, 2014 at 8:57 PM

And to hell you shall go!

God Speed, John…

trs on April 18, 2014 at 9:11 PM

How many times have we heard this song before?

mixplix on April 18, 2014 at 9:41 PM

Stay home, LOL That’s so 2012.

This time we Goldwater the corrupt gopE.

Because the Bush Mafia’s motto is, “Better a Democrat than someone who is not one of us.”

One good turn deserves another Mr. Squeaker!

Jayrae on April 18, 2014 at 9:53 PM

I’m thinking 2012 was the last election I’ll ever vote in…

avgjo on April 18, 2014 at 9:57 PM

Don’t these fools know rhat if they pass amnesty then there will never be another Republican president? Don’t they understand if they do this the country will be destroyed? No that’s not hyperbole it’s inevitable? Can we impeach Booehner or Cantor?

neyney on April 18, 2014 at 10:18 PM

Don’t these fools know rhat if they pass amnesty then there will never be another Republican president?

Why would they care? Bohenor, Cantor and Ryan are all secretly Democrats that will simply switch over once amnesty passes so as to preserve their rightfully held positions of power.

Don’t they understand if they do this the country will be destroyed?

They’ll just cash out from all the bribes and kickbacks taken to pass amnesty and spend the rest of their days hanging out with Charlie Rangel on a Caribbean beach.

No that’s not hyperbole it’s inevitable?

Can we impeach Booehner or Cantor?

neyney on April 18, 2014 at 10:18 PM

Nope. They have us right where they want us, and impeachment is impossible.

The fix is in. It’s only a matter of how much we get screwed while they laugh their way to the bank.

Myron Falwell on April 18, 2014 at 10:38 PM

Nice to see Boehner demonstrating that the Democrats aren’t the only ones willing to engage in non-representative government & to show as little respect for our laws as the Illegals he wants to help.

I’m about ‘h@llbent’ removing his sorry @$$ from serving in Washington completely!

easyt65 on April 18, 2014 at 10:47 PM

Myron Falwell on April 18, 2014 at 7:25 PM

Ok, fair enough. But it’s not accurate to say anyone was “forced” to vote for a RINO. It’s more accurate in my opinion to say many people aren’t critical thinkers. They listen to the taking heads and make their decisions based on what they hear from them.

cat_owner on April 18, 2014 at 10:50 PM

I’ve never missed voting in an election over all the years.

I’ve been a Republican since Ronald Reagan ran.

The one thing that will get me to quit the party and not vote is this.

You can count on it.

I cannot think of a more foolish, destructive and useless move at this point.

My neighbors are suffering because they don’t have jobs. Some have lost their healthcare. Some are using their kids college funds to live because they can’t make ends meet. Their dreams are going up in smoke. This government continues to steal from them and ruin their lives.

And this is Boehner’s priority? This is legislation we need to pass?

I will never sit by idly and watch this happen. Never.

Marcus Traianus on April 18, 2014 at 11:29 PM

My neighbors are suffering because they don’t have jobs. Some have lost their healthcare. Some are using their kids college funds to live because they can’t make ends meet. Their dreams are going up in smoke. This government continues to steal from them and ruin their lives.

And this is Boehner’s priority? This is legislation we need to pass?

I will never sit by idly and watch this happen. Never.

Marcus Traianus on April 18, 2014 at 11:29 PM

That^.

They.Don’t.Care.

They may actually not even know. They live in a world as disconnected from common life as Hollywood hypocrites.
It’s a kind of retardation imo. Their brains don’t work right.

Mimzey on April 19, 2014 at 12:06 AM

He’s betting that nothing the GOP does, up to and including amnesty, will enrage grassroots conservatives so much that they’re likely to stay home in protest in November because of it. Anger at ObamaCare trumps all.

Au contraire.

Sheerq on April 19, 2014 at 12:12 AM

He’s betting that nothing the GOP does, up to and including amnesty, will enrage grassroots conservatives so much that they’re likely to stay home in protest in November because of it. Anger at ObamaCare trumps all.

It may already be too late for the GOP.

http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/general_politics/april_2014/37_of_voters_fear_the_federal_government

59% of Republican voters think Republicans in Congress have lost touch with the party’s base throughout the nation

sharrukin on April 19, 2014 at 12:16 AM

I implore people not to sit home that, is the worst thing you can do, if there isn’t anyone on the ticket you can vote for do a write in and vote for your favorite cartoon character, if nothing else you will be on the rolls for voting, and no one can steal you vote.

RonK on April 19, 2014 at 1:05 AM

Maybe this will be the issue that convinces conservative voters that the GOP has only 1 master, and it’s called capital. Capital wants cheaper labor, and they are going to get it. Why you all consistently voted against your economic interest because of your belief in supply side economics I will never understand. But the GOP isn’t loyal to conservative voters unless they have tons of money. Please like…remember from now on would you?

libfreeordie on April 19, 2014 at 1:37 AM

And this kind of talk really energizes the conservative base just in time for midterms!sarc

redware on April 19, 2014 at 1:58 AM

We did this crap during the Regan administration, and look how it turn out. So we are going to let it happen again? What’s the description for insanity? Oh yeah, doing the same thing over and over again trying to get it right. Bangs head against wall.

Why not just enforce what is on the books, or is that too simple?

N4646W on April 19, 2014 at 3:01 AM

Pander Bear Parade

To Jeb Bush, illegal aliens are “cute and cuddly teddy bears” who just want to “love us to pieces” by breaking into our country.

To John Boehner, if we pander to illegal aliens we may gain 3 million votes (and lose 10 million votes by illegals becoming quickly naturalized by executive order.) This net loss of 7 million votes could mean Texas goes blue.

These people should be in a rubber room in a psychiatric ward, not running the GOP.

MaiDee on April 19, 2014 at 6:45 AM

I’m not just contemplating not voting this November because of hard-headed crap like this; I’m almost actively rooting for the GOP to lose. We’ve all been wasting our votes on these useless weasels while the progressives have been dismantling the country, only to find out that our representatives are “hellbent” on helping the progressives. Screw Boehner and screw the GOP. If you’re a GOP politician, you’re part of the problem until you prove otherwise.

Aitch748 on April 19, 2014 at 7:00 AM

Hey Boner, I hope the good people of Ohio are going to hell bent to send your butt packing. You’re a disgrace.

casaler on April 19, 2014 at 8:30 AM

That’s it. I’m out of the GOP. Just as Reagan said about the democrats: I didn’t leave the republican party. They left me.

Wino on April 19, 2014 at 8:48 AM

Boehner and the rest of the DC Culture of Corruption, Chamber of Commerce money whores are just a despicable lot. They are no different than Hillary and Chuck Schumer. Anyone giving money to any national Republican org is basically giving money to destroy the country

georgealbert on April 19, 2014 at 9:38 AM

Why are Republicans supporting the Democrats in implementing a policy that will raise unemployment and further erode the wages of lower income Americans. a disproportionate share of whom are Black.

Immigration reform as currently proposed and as passed by Senate Democrats is a racist policy due to its disparate impact on Black Americans. Republicans should be hammering Democrats with the charge.

Nomas on April 19, 2014 at 9:58 AM

libfreeordie on April 19, 2014 at 1:37 AM

What’s funny is the utter failure of you and other Democrats to see what the Democratic Party’s master is.

Just stop it, libfree. Stop pretending the Democratic Party is what it wants you to believe it is. The Worker is no more the master of the Democratic Party than it is the master of the GOP.

How many times do you have to be whacked over the head with the Democratic Party’s love for open borders before you wake up?

The Democratic Party is the party of evil. Whatever groups have interests contrary to the well being of American society in general, those are the groups whose interests the Democratic Party most vigorously advances. Start with the trial lawyers and government workers, and work down from there all the way to La Raza and the criminals. Those are the masters of your party.

fadetogray on April 19, 2014 at 9:59 AM

Then Boehner is borderline retarded. If he passes this crap sandwich, there won’t really be any reason to head to the polls this fall. Or ever again, for that matter.

Physics Geek on April 18, 2014 at 7:08 PM

100% spot on.

dogsoldier on April 19, 2014 at 10:07 AM

Congress needs to do their jobs and serve the needs and desires of the citizens of America and not big business, special interests, and foreign influences. To do otherwise is gross dereliction of duty.

xmanvietnam on April 19, 2014 at 10:19 AM

I’m working overtime today, getting caught up on our backlog of ITIN returns. These illegals aren’t “trying for a better life” or any other such PC bull****. They’re organized criminals pillaging our nation for every cent they can steal. Whether it’s stealing American jobs (and I better not hear about “jobs Americans won’t do”; go watch an episode or two of Dirty Jobs… Mrs Frazier’s basement, anyone?), looting American citizen’s bank accounts and credit with identity theft, or pillaging our tax system with refundable credits, these vermin are a cancer that needs to be removed. “Deportation” needs to consist of running them a hundred miles out into the Gulf and pushing them overboard, every man, woman, and child.

Sound harsh? I have to sit here and ship hundreds of thousands of dollars to some cartel mass-filing this s*** over in Mexico. It. Makes. Me. Sick.

Asurea on April 19, 2014 at 12:03 PM

Two things come to mind.

Do the Republicans think that the immigrants are so stupid they will not detect a brazen political move when they see one? With Boner there would be no heart to it, just brazen political maneuvering.

Does Boner think for an instant that any bill on immigration will be turned around in the Senate to the full Dream act plus citizenship all wrapped into one stinking crap sandwich? Then in committee what comes of it? Surely nothing good. The Senate simply will never allow something sensible and humane. There is a subset of the class called illegal immigrants who must be treated humanely. These include infants brought into the US, raised here, educated here, and of good character. How would they fare back in their homelands without the needed native “street smarts”? Let them stay – through college, with resident tuition for the state in which they were raised IF the parents paid taxes properly. Then give them a chance at citizenship. BUT, once the children are 25 years old any anchor baby status vanishes, their parents must leave and reapply. I’m even willing to grant front of the line status to parents who were good residents, paid taxes, worked, and didn’t dip into welfare. Children brought here as teenagers get none of this. They’re already non-Americans as we see with the foreign educated Obama. They must all leave. IF and only if they paid taxes, have no police record beyond simple traffic infractions, did not use welfare they can reapply to come to the US. Their good behavior proves they are the kind of folks we ought to welcome. They proved it by their life style. That’s a better filter than the State Department ever applies these days. That will never ever get past Harry Reid, though.

As you mention Boner will completely kill any concept of his personal integrity and honor with regards to his O’Care promises. So we have the ultimate turn off for the far right. Will we bother to vote on election day if we get thoroughly screwed either way? If I voted it would be for a third party under those conditions.

If Boner is stupid enough to go for this he should be stripped of his House leadership position by Monday PM at the latest.

{+_+}

herself on April 19, 2014 at 2:04 PM

The Republicans in Washington DC will be safe in well guarded gated communities alongside their wealthy donors. They will simply shift left in their politics attempting to straddle the center which won’t work very well and they know this. They still get rich, they still get to dole out juicy contracts and they get invited to all the best parties as the loyal opposition to the progressive party. The best part for them is that a massive influx of new leftist voter is that they get to ignore the conservative base who they never much liked in the first place.

sharrukin on April 19, 2014 at 2:09 PM

herself on April 19, 2014 at 2:04 PM

These illegals you talk about who are good residents don’t exist in any numbers significant enough to warrant the mercy you suggest. These people invade our country thinking we owe them, and proceed to do everything they can to rip us off for every pound of flesh they can extract. They’re parasites, nothing more or less, and should be treated as such.

And I’m not just talking the Hispanics. Remember that most of the 9/11 hijackers were illegals who overstayed their visas.

Asurea on April 19, 2014 at 2:30 PM

Asurea on April 19, 2014 at 2:30 PM

You should find a way to relate your experiences in confidence with a Conservative congressman or trusted reporter.

slickwillie2001 on April 19, 2014 at 7:20 PM

Very sad. We were promised by our Republican Congressman that there would be no amnesty. He’s part of the “in” crowd in DC.

We’re fools if we think this will get us votes. Fred Luntz proved after 2012 that immigrants, as a rule, are very concerned about Rs and their govt subsidies. This won’t change that, at all.

We lose in 2016 if Boehner goes through with this.

MN J on April 19, 2014 at 7:23 PM

You should find a way to relate your experiences in confidence with a Conservative congressman or trusted reporter.
slickwillie2001 on April 19, 2014 at 7:20 PM

Not while 0′s in office… way too many whistleblowers have been burnt, and you can’t really trust the R’s at the moment. This is as close as I get unless one reaches out to me. Sorry for the rants, though… it’s been wearing on me for a while now.

Asurea on April 19, 2014 at 8:51 PM

slickwillie2001 on April 19, 2014 at 7:20 PM

Oh, hell. I’m young and dumb and put in a call to one of the congressmen pushing the Fair Tax to see if he wants to talk about illegals, tax fraud, and the like. I’d consider calling another if this doesn’t get a response and you have a name or two you’d suggest.

Asurea on April 19, 2014 at 9:49 PM

Only national-suicidal traitors support amnesty for criminal scofflaw housecountrybreakers.

Stop the de facto Death To America! crowd before our land is totally destroyed.

profitsbeard on April 20, 2014 at 1:49 AM

Long-time lurker, finally made a registration. So since I want to move my family to Texas (so little snow…) in a few years, if Boehner and his cohorts punt the immigration laws between the legs that will make it much easier for me, right? Instead of working hard for my company and transferring to an American state to work, I can just hop the border, pretend I’m a liberal, and they’ll let me go wherever I want, right?

I really hope the Tea Party gets rid of the Republican leadersip in a hurry; I don’t want to move to Obamaville.

CanadianB on April 20, 2014 at 9:15 AM

When the dust settles, after a week or two of talk radio calling Boehner a traitor for passing an immigration bill and vowing to go third party, everyone will swallow hard and decide that they have no choice but to vote for the GOP anyway in the name of stopping O-Care.

Yeah, that argument has been debunked. The GOP Neocons have no intention of stopping or repealing Obamacare and everyone knows it. Even Romney admitted that. He wanted to fix it

Brock Robamney on April 21, 2014 at 5:50 AM

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