Citizenship is the Red Herring of Amnesty Debate

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013 and is filed under Immigration

The golden rule for House members when contemplating immigration (or any other issue for that matter) is that bad legislation is worse than the status quo.  And until we are in the position to pass good legislation, we should not be scoring points for the other team; we should beat them over the head with their bad legislation.

Generally speaking, House Republicans are on better footing than they were at the beginning of this debate.  Several months ago, very few members understood the policy and political dangers of amnesty and many of them were peddling Democrat talking points about the status quo.  Many others refused to issue any criticism of the Rubio/Schumer bill.  Now most of them wouldn’t be caught dead supporting the bill.

Additionally, they have gone from lopping up the Jeb Bush political argument to understanding that the broader implications of supporting amnesty portend electoral disaster for the GOP – both in the long run and the near term.  In fact, according to a new poll of Hispanic voters, Marco Rubio wouldn’t perform better with Latinos than Romney did last year.  [Ted Cruz is actually rated most favorably from potential GOP candidates.]  Undoubtedly, he would lose many white working class voters who would stay home when presented with such a muddled distinction between the two parties.

The real threat in the House is the trap of focusing on citizenship.  We’re already seeing too many of them focus on this shiny object.  Over the weekend, Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, who has generally done good work on this issue, said that while he opposes a path to citizenship, he supports a pathway to legalization.

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Time To “Document” House Members on Illegal Immigration

Thursday, June 27th, 2013 and is filed under Blog, Immigration, News

It is quite clear that an overwhelming majority of the Senate couldn’t care less what the people think on illegal immigration.  These people live and die by polling, but when it comes to polling on an issue that will create a permanent Democrat majority, they will never listen to us.  According to the latest FoxNews poll, Obama is completely under water on the immigration issue – white voters disapprove of his job on the issue by 60-32, Independents disapprove by 59-32, and non-college educated disapprove by 56-36.  Yet, Republicans are hell-bent on snatching defeat from the jaws of victory, especially at a time when Obama is stewing in a heaping pile of scandals.

They might not vote for amnesty personally, but Mitch McConnell and John Boehner are undocumented supporters of immigration deform.  McConnell’s duplicity has been well documented by now.  He lobbies hard for it in private meetings, but refuses to vote for it.  John Boehner has long said that he wants to pass “comprehensive immigration reform.”  Radical nutcase Luis Gutierrez seems to think Boehner is an ally in his fight to radically transform this country.  They are convinced that this political winner is actually a political loser, and they want to unload this issue immediately.  They will never see the light on the politics of this issue, unless they somehow fire all their consultants and hire Sean Trende.

To that end, the members of leadership will do everything in their power to make this happen on some level.  Whenever they feel something is a political liability, irrespective of the veracity of that estimation, they act out erratically.

Here are my concerns and here is how I see this playing out.

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The Amnesty Ship Sets Sail

Monday, June 24th, 2013 and is filed under Blog, Immigration, News

The outcome of today’s amnesty vote was a forgone conclusion.  The cloture motion on the Corker-Hoeven substitute amendment easily passed 67-27.  Every last Democrat voted for this, including the red state Democrats.  15 Republicans also supported the amendment:

  • Alexander
  • Ayotte
  • Rubio
  • Flake
  • McCain
  • Corker
  • Graham
  • Kirk
  • Murkowski
  • Collins
  • Hoeven
  • Hatch
  • Heller
  • Wicker
  • Chiesa

The amazing thing is that most of these members will either never stand for reelection again or not for several more years.  Roger Wicker (MS) was just reelected from a state that opposes this nonsense by a huge margin.  Orrin Hatch would have never won reelection had he campaign on amnesty.  It’s a shame he didn’t have the courage to stand before his people and tell them the truth.   The only members who are in cycle are Lindsey Graham and Lamar Alexander.

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Corker-Hoeven: Schumer’s Wimp Brigade Rides to the Rescue

Thursday, June 20th, 2013 and is filed under Blog, Issues, News

WIMP  (wmp)


A subatomic particle that has a large mass and interacts with other matter primarily through gravitation.

n. Informal.

1. a weak, ineffectual, timid person.


Representing a state like North Dakota and scoring a 47% from Heritage Action while working overtime to save Democrats and pass a dying amnesty bill

Imagine if Democrats elected senators from blue states in the northeast who worked behind closed doors with Ted Cruz to craft national right to work legislation or a compromise plan to privatize Social Security?  That’s about as likely as Lady Gaga joining the Family Research Council.

Yet, we continue to elect Republicans like John Hoeven who work behind the scenes to carry water for the progressives.  They gravitate to one-sided compromises that sell out our Republic like flies on ethanol.

By now, you’re probably asking, John who?

Yes, Hoeven has been awfully quiet since being coronated in 2010.  Aside for the occasional noise about the Keystone Pipeline, he doesn’t do much in the Senate…other than vote to raise the debt ceiling, fund Obamacare, implement an internet sales tax, support earmarks, increase food stamp spending, and vote for every subsidy under the sun.

Now he has taken it upon himself to serve as the less charismatic appendix to Bob Corker in saving Schumer’s dying amnesty bill.  After being outspent exponentially in this fight by the insidious open borders lobby, the truth that We the People have disseminated on this issue is taking its toll on Schumer and his allies.  Nobody in the House wants to touch this bill with a 10-foot pole, and the pathway to 60 votes is diminishing every day.

In come Corker and Hoeven to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory and negotiate a poor-man’s Cornyn compromise with the Gang of 8.  In their ineluctable desire to pass an amnesty bill with the requisite window dressing, the new wimp coalition is pushing yet another phony compromise.  Yes, because constituents from states like Tennessee and North Dakota are flooding their offices with calls demanding “give us amnesty or give us death.”  According to Politico, this deal would be a watered-down version of Cornyn’s amendment, which Erick already exposed as pathetic:

The emerging deal would soften Republican requests for a strict requirement that 90 percent of illegal border crossers be apprehended to hit a “trigger” toward a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, but would provide an unprecedented increase in border security funding and officers and a guarantee on finishing the fence along the Southern border, sources said.

They also say they will double the border patrol.  But what good is more border agents if the administration ties their hands?  Most importantly, all the triggers in this plan will occur after legalization.  So somehow we are supposed to believe that they will actually implement these enforcement triggers after they already have their amnesty.   Needless to say, Schumer calls their work “really productive.”

Folks, at some point we need to start gaming out red state Senate races far in advance in pursuit of a real Republican instead of reflexively thinking about picking up the state with just any R.  It is that mentality – a lazy tendency to pick the first candidate with high name recognition months in advance – which has saddled us with a bunch of prairie progressives from the red states in the Great Plains.

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State of Play in the Senate

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013 and is filed under Blog, Immigration, News

We are proud to have been the first major comprehensive conservative organization to formulate a cogent immigration policy and lead the fight against reckless amnesty from day one.  When we began the fight, very few conservatives on and off the Hill were willing to publicly oppose Obama’s immigration policy, as many of them were intimidated by the phony electoral prognosis propagated by GOP consultants.

Now, several months later, the tide is turning, and it is turning rapidly.  The base is on fire, and very few Republicans want to be associated with Rubio and his silly gang.  Honestly, I didn’t think we were able to defeat this bill in the Senate, and have been focusing much of our efforts on the House side.  But is appears that we are well within striking distance of defeating this bill.  Here are the people who need to hear from you.

The four GOP gang members – McCain, Graham, Flake, Rubio – along with Ayotte, Heller, Collins, and Murkowski, are probably a lost cause.  However, there are also enough red state Democrats who are jittery about supporting this bill to deny Schumer 60 votes, and certainly a super-majority.  Yet, two insipid RINOs, Bob Corker and John Hoeven, who represent solid red states, are attempting to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.  They are working tirelessly with Schumer to craft a phony compromise that will add some window dressing for border security after all of the illegals are granted amnesty.  They can potentially bring along with them a dozen more Republicans who badly want this bill.

Please call the following members:

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Open Borders Politicians Responsible for More Illegal Immigration

Tuesday, June 18th, 2013 and is filed under Blog, Immigration, News

The real issue with the immigration debate is not a question of what to do with those illegals already here; it is a question of what to do with the next wave.,.and the next wave….and the next wave.

While everyone is focused on the past – what to do with those already here – and the future – whether the promises of more enforcement will ever materialize – nobody is focusing on the present.  In anticipation of a mass amnesty and perennial suspension of deportations, migrants from Central America are rushing to cross our borders.  Yes, these people all follow social media.  Here is a key finding from the New York Times:

Now the Rio Grande Valley has displaced the Tucson enforcement zone as the hot spot, with makeshift rafts crossing the river in increasing numbers, high-speed car chases occurring along rural roads and a growing number of dead bodies turning up on ranchers’ land, according to local officials. […]

But after nearly a decade of steady declines, the count has started to rise again over the past year, driven by the rise in the southern tip of Texas, where the numbers so far this fiscal year are up 55 percent. Since October, 94,305 individuals have been apprehended in the Rio Grande Valley alone, topping the count in Tucson for the first time since 1993.

Critics of the Senate legislation, including Senator John Cornyn, Republican of Texas, point to the influx in the Rio Grande Valley enforcement zone as proof that the bill must explicitly mandate “full operational control” of the border within a decade before any immigrants who were once here illegally could be allowed to proceed toward citizenship.

Hence, when you begin telegraphing the message that as long as you can make it across the border or overstay your visa, we will never send you back, there will be an immediate influx of illegal immigrants.  That is why it makes no sense to begin any legalization before implementation of border and interior security.  Under these half-baked Republican compromise plans that will promise enforcement after RPI status is granted, all the new illegals who come during the ensuing years will be here to stay forever.  They must be afforded the reasonable opportunity to come forward and apply for status.  Any illegal can potentially be in the country prior to 2012; anyone could potentially pay the $500 fine; anyone could potentially be an Ag worker who is eligible for full legal status in 5 years.  And anyone could potentially be eligible for the Dream Act.  By the time to RPI process is complete, we will have several million more illegals living “in the shadows” and part of the American fabric, along with their anchor babies, for a number of years.

There are some analysts, including the incomparable Michael Barone, who think that we won’t experience a third wave of illegal immigration from Mexico because of their declining birthrates.  But that is nothing more than wishful thinking. First, according to a recent Pew survey, 35% of Mexicans would like to come here.  That’s 39 million people.  Moreover, these optimists are overlooking the recent influx of migrants from Central American countries.  Here is how the Times describes the recent rush across the border:

The surge in South Texas is driven mostly by immigrants originating not from Mexico but from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, officials said. The Mexican border city of Reynosa is the end of a railway that begins in southern Mexico, and many migrants ride the roofs of freight trains to reach the United States.

We’ve seen this bad movie before; we know how it will end.  In fact, we are already getting a sneak preview.

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The Veiled Anti-American Sentiment of Open Borders Politicians

Monday, June 17th, 2013 and is filed under Blog, Immigration

When it comes to the issue of immigration, the open borders “right” has adopted the parlance, tactics, and ad hominem attacks that traditionally emanate from the left.  They impugn the motives of those who desire strong border security and orderly/gradual immigration as racist.  However, in recent days, it is they who have been exposed as individuals who harbor deep-rooted prejudges…against native border Americans.

It started with Jeb Bush on Friday when progressive Kevin McCarthy invited him to speak before a group of House Republicans.  Reading between the lines of his speech, he was propagating a sentiment that is borderline immigrant-supremacist.  He suggested that we should embrace the Schumer/Obama immigration blueprint of amnesty and endless immigration because immigrants are more “fertile” and hardworking than their native-born counterparts.  Essentially, he was saying that native-born Americans suck.

Then, over the weekend, Ryan Lizza quoted a Rubio aide saying, “there are American workers who, for lack of a better term, can’t cut it. There shouldn’t be a presumption that every American worker is a star performer. There are people who just can’t get it, can’t do it, don’t want to do it. And so you can’t obviously discuss that publicly.”

Why do we need to tear down native-born Americans in order to extol the virtues of immigrants and exaggerate the virtues of illegal immigrants?  And at what point does this land make people suck?  Is it second generation?

Now, the latest rationale for amnesty is that these [mostly poor] immigrants are needed to fund border security.  Wow – why didn’t we think of that idea before?  On the one hand, we supposedly need the affluence of the illegals to purvey the security measures, but on the other hand Rubio needs the illusion of border security so Republicans will “be able to go back home and tell people that they have taken serious steps to make sure this never happens again.”

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Cornyn Amendment Will Repeat Mistakes of 1986

Friday, June 14th, 2013 and is filed under Blog, Immigration, Press

Our press release from yesterday.


Senator Cornyn’s Amendment Will Repeat Failures of 1986 Amnesty


Madison Project Chairman Jim RyunRarely do we have the luxury of drawing upon recent history to guide us on policy as we do with the immigration issue.  Senator Cornyn’s amendment to the amnesty bill fails to learn from the mistake of granting amnesty before implementation of enforcement.”

Washington, DC – The Madison Project today announced its strong opposition to Senator John Cornyn’s amendment to the immigration bill, S. 744.


The Senate amnesty bill is fatally flawed on numerous accounts, and the Cornyn amendment serves as mere window dressing to give Republicans cover for passing another failed amnesty,” said Daniel Horowitz of the Madison Project. “Cornyn’s amendment is being sold as a means of strengthening the security aspects of the bill.  The problem is that all of the enforcement measures are not required for another ten years, long after all of the illegal immigrants are granted legal status.  If there is anything we learned from the 1986 amnesty, it is that all enforcement must be implemented before any legalization.”


“A serious effort to solve the problem must begin with a bill that demands accountability by requiring that the existing laws be applied and faithfully executed before any legal status is granted,” added Horowitz. “Ironically, this amendment actually weakens existing law by exempting airports from the requirement to install biometric exit-entry for tracking visa overstays when roughly 40% of all illegal immigrants are people who have overstayed their visas.”

“As the 2014 election cycle begins in earnest, we will not support any candidate who favors any sort of legalization or amnesty before the proper security and enforcement measures are implemented and the rule of law is restored,” said Drew Ryun of the Madison Project.

“In fact, we will work to defeat those who help pass another failed amnesty – one which places the desires of special interests and foreign lobbies ahead of the American taxpayer, legal immigrants, and the rule of law.”

The Madison Project supports and raises money for conservative candidates that have demonstrated a commitment to full-spectrum conservatism. The Madison Project website can be found at

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Thursday, June 13th, 2013 and is filed under Blog, Immigration

Were George Orwell alive today he would write a book titled 1986.  It would include a narrative of all the cast of characters who lied to us about immigration enforcement 27 years ago, yet are now serving as the problem-solvers to fix the lies they originally propagated.

It would include a character of John McCain demanding to “build the dang fence” in order to win reelection, and then running around two years later to demand that we build the dang amnesty, with no fence.

It would include a character of Chuck Schumer saying on the House floor in 1986 that the bill won’t bring “millions of people cascading across the border,” and then, 27 years into the cascade, leading the effort to do the same thing.

It would include a character of Marco Rubio proposing amendments to his bill that he claimed and still claims were in his original bill.

The storyline would portray a liberal opposition party spending millions on ads portraying the amnesty bill as the antithesis of what it really is.

And finally, it would include characters of credulous GOP senators entrusting the same people who have refused and continue to refuse to implement any laws on the books with the promise of implementing new laws…..after they get the amnesty “candy.”

Welcome to 1986.

Folks, this issue is real simple.  It can be solved overnight.  If these people really want amnesty, they would implement the laws on the books first and demonstrate that the circuitous cycle of insanity is over.  Yet, they made it clear that enforcement-first is a dealbreaker.  But, amazingly, Republicans like Mitch McConnell and John Cornyn are trying to find common ground where they can add some language to border security… ten years after all these people are legalized.

This proposal, and similar proposals offered to bolster enforcement after initial legalization (RPI status), represent the height of credulity and insanity.  These people have lied to us for 27 years about enforcement, and yet we are to entrust them with enforcing the laws after they get their candy?  Moreover, does anyone really think that the amnestied illegals will really be denied green cards and citizenship after remaining in “good standing” for 10 years…simply because exit-entry is not fully in place?  Do we really think they will last in that status without a subsequent change in law to expedite citizenship –no matter what happens with enforcement?  If there is such enormous pressure (inside of DC, not in the real world) to legalize them now – when they are totally illegal – will anyone have the stomach to withhold the promised citizenship from a legal and legitimate constituency?

Clearly, any amnesty that passes before enforcement is implemented will serve as a mere down payment that can only be augmented and never diminished or retracted.

Amazingly, McConnell and the entire establishment are defending their position as the only way we ensure border security in a bill that can actually pass.  They assert that if we fail to “pass something,” we will continue to have “defacto amnesty.”

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The Chuck Schumer Republicans Roll Amnesty Train Down the Cliff

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013 and is filed under Blog, Immigration

The Senate just voted 82-15 to proceed with debate on the amnesty/immigration deform bill.  Every Democrat voted yes, laying waste to the notion that there are still moderate red state Democrats.  15 Republicans voted to stand with We the People against the La Raza foreign lobby/K Street juke box:

Barrasso, Boozman, Crapo, Cruz, Enzi, Grassley, Inhofe, Kirk, Lee, Risch, Roberts, Scott, Sessions, Shelby, Vitter

McCain, Murkowski, and Coburn were not present for the vote.  The former two would have voted for it anyway.

The rest of the Republicans, led by Mitch McConnell, all voted to proceed with debate, thereby sealing the fate of the bill and ensuring that a phony cosmetic compromise is hatched to pass the bill and pressure the House.

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