While House GOP leaders appear to be wavering on their plans, thanks to conservatives like you who spoke out against amnesty, political pressure to proceed is still potent as ever. Any proposed legislation will undoubtedly provide a vehicle for conference negotiations between the House and Senate on a larger amnesty package.
Some have defined amnesty, narrowly, as granting an illegal immigrant immediate citizenship with the stroke of a pen. However, amnesty can come in many different forms, and often, it is a more gradual process. In any form, it is unfair to those waiting patiently to come here legally, and it is unfair to current American citizens.
During the Senate debate, Heritage Action – and many others – appropriately defined amnesty not as the attainment of citizenship, but rather the initial legalization. Those who are currently in the country illegally would have been eligible for a “Registered Provisional Immigrant” (RPI) status within a mere 180 days. As we noted at the time, “After acquiring RPI status, formerly illegal immigrants will have legal status in the United States, allowing them to work, live, and travel abroad.” That is amnesty, and it sounds very similar to what Rep. McCarthy suggested earlier this week.
Does your Representative support amnesty?
Now, the House Republican Conference is using their annual retreat to discuss policy initiatives for the year. They will discuss the “Gang of Eight” immigration bill, which would provide amnesty to an estimated 11 million people currently living in the country illegally.
Every Representative needs to hear from their constituents that amnesty is unfair to the 4.4 million patiently going through the immigration process.
Now is the time to call your Representative and oppose any attempt to pass an amnesty bill in 2014.