According to Eyewitness News (Bakersfield, CA), “Republican leaders, including House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, of Bakersfield, are calling for the first time to give legal status to millions of undocumented immigrants living in the United States.” In an interview published late yesterday, Rep. McCarthy said it was his “personal belief I think it’ll go with legal status that will allow you to work and pay taxes.” Make no mistake, he is signaling amnesty will be part of House Republicans’ “piecemeal” immigration strategy.
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?
Make the Call
Both Republicans and Democrats are currently discussing immigration reform, and many politicians on both sides of the aisle think it should be a major policy initiative in 2014. Of course, President Obama, the liberals in Congress, and some Republicans think amnesty should be part of any immigration reform that is passed.
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.
Call Your Representative Now
A Gallup poll released January 15 contains some very telling information about Americans’ priorities in 2014. When asked, “what do you think is the most important problem facing this country today?”, most Americans at 21 percent said “dissatisfaction with government/Congress/politicians; poor leadership/corruption/abuse of power.”
Gallup Politics, 1/15/14
President Obama spoke Monday in support of so-called comprehensive immigration reform, which is D.C. code for an amnesty bill. During his remarks, a young man in the crowd began yelling and telling the president to use his “power” to halt all deportations of illegal immigrants.
The Left is pretty good at staying on message, which is what Gene Sperling, a top economic adviser to President Obama, did recently as he made a pitch for comprehensive immigration reform, arguing that it would reduce the deficit in the long term. In fact, he called it one of the “most promising” things we could do to reduce the deficit.