The Drudge Report is currently leading with a banner headline entitled “Republicans On Suicide Watch,” which links to a prescient opinion piece by Ann Coulter. This time Ms. Coulter is not engaging in nastiness or hyperbole. She properly highlights the dire, really suicidal impulse of Speaker Boehner, Majority Leader Eric Cantor, and closer to home, our own Aaron Schock, the spineless mouthpiece for the leadership, over immigration.
Boehner issued a one-page statement of principles on immigration last week. The document made clear that he would bring to a vote a bill giving legal status to all illegal immigrants this year.
This will be the end of the Republican party. That is no exaggeration.
If 11 million illegal immigrants currently in the country are allowed to remain permanently, then their 20-30 million U.S. citizen-born children will be voting within a decade. We know from bitter experience that those first generation mostly Hispanic immigrants are poorly educated, have low skill levels, drive down wages, tend to be born out of wedlock, use welfare at twice the rate of native Americans, and appropriately vote 70-80% Democratic. These numbers will simply overwhelm the Republican party and give it permanent minority party status. Any contrary argument about winning their hearts through the hospitality of amnesty is sheer sophistry. Anyone gullible enough to buy that needs a crash course in statistics. This is denial of science and math in a particularly virulent form- leading to mass suicide.
There is little time to waste in stopping the cheap-labor chamber of Commerce-backed plan. Many House Republcians are this week feeling backlash from the grassroots, i.e., those who don’t take their cues from the Chamber. Our Illinois Republican members of Congress need to hear from us. It was reported here yesterday that Aaron Schock, an acolyte of the Speaker and pro-immigration to the core, aspires to be the next Chairman of the House Republican Campaign Committee, the entity that distributes campaign cash to candidates. This would be a disaster. Let’s do what we can to block his ascent, and let our other members of Congress know how we feel about amnesty for illegal immigrants.
Howard Foster is a Chicago-based attorney specializing in immigration law.