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Tea Party Nation head: GOP has 'drunk the Kool-Aid' on amnesty

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On Friday, Tea Party Nation head Judson Phillips said Republican leaders in the House have "drunk the Kool-Aid" on immigration reform, embracing amnesty for illegal immigrants.

"Does the GOP have a death wish?" he asked. "Does the GOP wish to remain a permanent minority party? Does the GOP wish to scuttle any chance it has of taking the Senate back in 2014 or for that matter keeping the House?"

On Thursday, Politico reported that House GOP leaders are trying to sell a series of "principles," including a path to legal status for those in the country illegally. The "principles" also call for tighter border security and the reinforcement of existing immigration policies.

GOP leaders said illegal immigrants could legally remain if they pass background checks, pay fines and back taxes, learn to speak English, understand U.S. civics, and can support themselves without relying on welfare.

According to Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., the plan is to offer "probationary legal status" to those in the country illegally.

“That is the kind of broad brush here — that is the kind of process we envision that is not a special pathway to citizenship, and it is not automatically, in any way, giving an undocumented immigrant citizenship,” he said.

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said the proposal put forward represents “a fair, principled way for us to solve this issue.”

But Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, blasted the proposal, calling it "amnesty."

“I think it would be a mistake if House Republicans were to support amnesty for those here illegally,” he said.

“In my view we need to secure the borders, we need to stop illegal immigration,” he added. “And we need to improve and streamline legal immigration.”

But Phillips said any attempt by the GOP establishment to pass amnesty shows their contempt for the conservative base.

He also warned Republicans supporting any attempt to pass amnesty in any form will face a huge backlash and a primary challenge.

"If you support Amnesty, we are going to support any primary opponent you have," he wrote. "If you support Amnesty and you survive a primary, we will vote for a third party, even if that means a Democrat gets elected."

Phillips said Democrats want amnesty in order to secure a permanent majority. Such a move, he added, would have dire consequences for the country.

"If they get that, we can kiss every conservative policy good bye. We can watch the lamp of liberty be extinguished and America fall under the hard boot of socialism," he added.

Phillips had a simple message for Republicans considering amnesty.

"If you stand up for Amnesty, we will strike at the thing you hold most dear: Your political career," he said. "We will vote you out of office."

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