As the Republican House leadership huddles this week in hopes of coming up with their version of immigration "reform" following passage of the Senate's laughable and highly insulting Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act, inquiring minds again ask:
Why is the GOP in such a frenzy to support what would be the 8th amnesty for illegal aliens since 1986 when history has shown that immigrants, including Hispanics, vote Democratic because the party supports big government and the sturdy safety net it offers?
Nearly everyone involved in the immigration crisis debate agrees that foreigners, except those committed to harming Americans, come here primarily to work and not much else, right? Two-thirds of Mexicans here legally, for example, have not sought U.S. citizenship, according to the Pew Hispanic Center. What does that tell you?
So why doesn't the Republican Party, which for decades has supported high levels of immigration in order to keep Corporate America supplied with a well-stocked pool of cheap labor, do an about face and put the ball in the Democrats' court by saying, "Our idea of immigration reform includes the removal of all illegal workers from our workforce so that those jobs can be given to Americans and legal residents."
If in the end it's all about jobs it's hard to believe that Hispanic-Americans, whose unemployment rate is 9.1 percent, could convincingly argue that the GOP is "anti-immigrant." How many Hispanic-Americans, do you think, are going to stand up and say, "No, let them (illegals) stay because we have no problem competing with them in a lousy job market and enjoy having our wages depressed by their presence?
This is an issue to keep in mind at all times, especially when you hear from politicians who won't let you forget that they are "fighting" for the middle class, working families and everyone else other than illegal aliens who have the audacity to think they are entitled to search for a better life.