Not all of the Republican party is on board for amnesty, but there are getting to be some high-profile names from Republicans who otherwise aren’t loathesome traitors.
To start, former VP candidate Paul Ryan:
On Wednesday, Wisconsin Republican Rep. Paul Ryan, who has supported forms of immigration reform since he was a House staffer in the 1990s, declared that he would “debate anybody” who calls the current bipartisan effort “amnesty.”
No, he won’t debate anyone, and for a simple reason. He’d lose. It is amnesty.
“Earned legalization is not amnesty,” Ryan said during a forum on immigration sponsored by the National Association of Manufacturers. “I will debate anybody who tries to suggest that these ideas that are moving through Congress are amnesty. They’re not. Amnesty is wiping the slate clean and not paying any penalty for having done something wrong.”
The usual definition to amnesty is to give a pardon to someone for crimes. Given that the punishments for illegal entry into the country can range from a few weeks, months, or even years in jail, and that they get to stay and enjoy the fruits of their crime, this is amnesty.
If someone breaks into your house and camps out on the couch and your homeowner’s association says they have to do the dishes and then they can stay, your house is still broken into, and the home invader is still living in your house. They didn’t “earn their residence” except to the contemptible worm in the HOA who declared they can violate your home.
This is amnesty.
Ryan pointed to provisions baked into the Senate bill from the beginning that require those in the United States to pay a fine, back taxes, undergo background checks and enter a years-long probationary period before earning citizenship, a process that can take up to 15 years.
He’s a fool to believe those will really be implemented, for one.
For another comparison, suppose that someone kidnaps and rapes three girls for a decade. Rather than punish him for the crime, the government decides that he should pay a fine, redo his taxes to represent one of them as a wife and the other two of them as dependents, undergo a marriage counseling and after a probationary period, be allowed to marry the one whose child he fathered through rape. And he can keep the other two as dependents in his household. His crime is bureaucratically blessed and allowed to continue. By Ryan’s definition, that’s not amnesty.
And then there’s the otherwise not-an-idiot Rand Paul:
“First, everyone has to acknowledge that we aren’t going to deport 12 million illegal immigrants,” said Paul.
What you’re saying is you’re not going to do your f*cking job, Rand.
The sleazy numbers game is one of the first thrown around by government officials who want amnesty. “It’s too big. We can’t do anything. Woe is us. We can’t enforce the law. We just have to give up. You just have to give up.” We hired them to do a job. If they say “we aren’t going to”, then we need a mechanism for throwing them out for refusing to do their job.
Adults drank too much and got behind the wheel about 112 million times in 2010—that is almost 300,000 incidents of drinking and driving each day—according to a CDC Vital Signs study released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
That’s not 12 million illegals, that 112 million drunk drivers.
If numbers are the criteria, let’s stop enforcing drunk driving laws.
“In order to bring conservatives to this cause however, those who work for reform must understand that a real solution must ensure that our borders are secure,” said Paul.
Not happening. Conservatives don’t let home invaders stay. And Sen. Marco “GOP Presidential Hopeful” Rubio stated that he wanted to give citizenship to invaders first:
Rand Paul goes on:
“But we also must treat those who are already here with understanding and compassion.”
I’ve got some understanding and compassion. I’m willing to allow for no penalty if they self-deport. If they leave and aren’t detected, I’m willing to ignore that they were here, and if they apply for entry into the US legally, they get a do-over. Not out of principle, mind you, just out of practicality. If they’ve self-deported, we won’t try them in absentia and order them removed. There. That’s how much I’m willing to give.
Other than that, they can get out of my living room.
But here’s part of Rand Paul’s argument:
“Imagine 12 million people who are already here coming out of the shadows to become new taxpayers,” said Paul.
Imagine 12 million people filing for benefits and using up government services – the costs are enormous. Illegal aliens are primarily day laborers and working at basic jobs. These are people more likely to file for assistance (illegals already can get assistance, and do so illegally) due to their economic standing, and that’s not going to change.
Sen. Rand Paul (R.-Ky.) said to illegal aliens who want to live and work in the United States: “[W]e will find a place for you.”
I’ve got a place for them. Wherever they came from.
There are legal immigrants in their home countries desperately yearning to breathe free in the US, and we’re going to give amnesty to a bunch of line-cutting illegals whose first step into the US was breaking the law. The guy in India busting his ass to get here legally, or the gal in Poland, or the family in Bangladesh are all getting crapped on because a huge number of illegals in the US are from Democrat-voting constituencies and the Democrats want their votes, and either foolish or stupid Republicans think that by giving out free citizenship they’ll somehow out-Democrat the Democrats.
Democrats terrify Hispanics into thinking they’ll be lynched if they vote for Republicans, and then turn around and taunt Republicans for not winning a majority of the Hispanic vote.
This line of attack has real resonance with our stupidest Republicans. (Proposed Republican primary targets: Sens. Kelly Ayotte, Jeff Flake, Lindsey Graham and Marco Rubio.) Which explains why Republicans are devoting all their energy to slightly increasing their share of the Hispanic vote while alienating everyone else in America.
It must be fun for liberals to manipulate Republicans into focusing on hopeless causes.
A wise Latina, A.J. Delgado, recently explained on Mediaite.com why amnesty won’t win Republicans the Hispanic vote — even if they get credit for it. Her very first argument was: “Latinos will resent the added competition for jobs.”
But rich businessmen don’t care. Big Republican donors — and their campaign consultants — just want to make money. They don’t care about Hispanics, and they certainly don’t care what happens to the country. If the country is hurt, I don’t care, as long as I am doing better! This is the very definition of treason.
Listening to Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus burble a few weeks ago on “Fox News Sunday” about how amnesty is going to push the Republicans to new electoral heights, one is reminded of Democratic pollster Pat Caddell’s reason for refusing to become a Republican: No matter how enraged he gets at Democratic corruption, he says he can’t bear to join such a stupid party as the GOP.
This is the Ruling Class Republicans deciding they’ll do what they want to us Country Class folk. The one half of the ruling class decides they want more cheap labor, the other side wants more cheap labor and knows they’ll get free votes to further cement their power. And all the while, the citizen whose compact made the government gets shit on.
Republicans, you’re doing a great job of alienating independents who view you as the lesser of two evils. You’re showing us that you’re absolutely worthless and have no respect for the nation or citizen and care more about a criminal home invader than you do about the homeowner.
Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. The governed say NO again and again, and the Ruling Class says “eat cake”.
And via HotAir, John McCain:
This morning on the Senate floor, Gang of Eight member Senator John McCain declared that the Gang’s immigration bill needed to pass in order to remove a “very huge stain on the conscience of the United States of America.”
No. There is not “stain on the conscience” of the US. The suffering of criminals is not our problem – it’s theirs – it’s self-created by them. Don’t break the law when you enter the country and there’s no problem.
This is about you and your demons, McCain. Deal with them with a shrink.
A lot of prisoners had it worse than I did. I’d been mistreated before, but not as badly as others. I always liked to strut a little after I’d been roughed up to show the other guys I was tough enough to take it. But after I turned down their offer, they worked me over harder than they ever had before. For a long time. And they broke me.
When they brought me back to my cell, I was hurt and ashamed, and I didn’t know how I could face my fellow prisoners.
You’re inflicting decades worth of your anguish on us because you feel bad about your actions in the past and suffering you endured. That’s why you “reach across the aisle” and collaborate with Democrats whose interests are opposed to the nation’s. Your VP candidate got more support than you did – there were a lot of people voting for your VP and a heart attack.
We tell you we don’t want this, and you insist that it must be done to us as if we’re guilty of something for wanting to be secure in our own nation. For some reason, criminals need amnesty while we the citizens need punishment. This isn’t about us, McCain, it’s about you. Retire.