It was shortly after the reelection of Barack Obama as President that Majority Leader Eric Cantor came across a poll indicating that had Republicans received 5% more of the Hispanic vote, Mitt Romney would have been the victor. To this day, Cantor regards amnesty as the key to a winning Republican strategy.
It took longer for the Speaker of the House, John Boehner, to similarly view amnesty as a God-send for the Republican Party. Boehner did vow in 2013 that he would never enter into House conference negotiations with the Senate in the aftermath of its passage of the "Gang-of-8" amnesty bill (S.744).
Was Boehner sincere when he vowed not to participate in Senate conference negotiations regarding amnesty? Only Boehner can answer that question. It's highly unlikely that Boehner's answer would please those of his Republican base for whom any discussion of immigration reform is contingent upon border security being addressed before and above all else.
It is more than likely that Boehner and those in House leadership positions, persuaded by U.S. Chamber of Commerce president Tom Donohue to push for immigration reform with a path to citizenship, sold out to crony capitalism. For as Donohue said in his recent speech on the state of American business. We're determined to make 2014 the year that immigration reform is finally enacted. The Chamber of Commerce lobby will work with churches, community organizations, law enforcement groups and others to make sure the Republican-led House approves immigration reform.
Last year the U.S Chamber of Commerce spent more than $50 million on their lobbying efforts. The Chamber plans to surpass its $52.7million lobbying efforts of last year as it ramps up its efforts on amnesty, Common Core, and the destruction of the Tea Party (The Tea Party is opposed to both measures.). Most of the Chamber's money was spent on what Donohue calls the "top legislative priority for the business community"-- amnesty for illegal immigrants Tom Donohue even had the audacity to claim that this nation needs more workers!
As Donohue proclaimed:
We need to provide a path out of the shadows for the 11 million undocumented immigrants who live in the United States today. As we have this debate, let's not forget who we are, or what this nation was built upon -- the dreams and hard work of those who came here seeking a better life.
Undocumented usually means illegal. This nation was not build on illegal immigrants who were able to sneak across the borders or who overstayed their visas. The 11 million have broken the law to be here. Do they now deserve to be placed on a fast track above the 4.4 million individuals already waiting in line, some for years, to become United States citizens? It is neither fair, nor can this nation afford to do so, given that the object of the Chamber in representing the business community is to maintain a supply to cheap labor. Furthermore, granting amnesty would set a precedent that would only encourage others to enter or stay in the US. illegally in hope of the same reward of citizenship
There has been an increase in border apprehensions by Border Patrol in FY 2012 and 2013, following six years of decline, which indicates a higher number of attempted illegal border crossings. This has been brought about by the relaxing of the of immigration policy by the Obama administration. The promise of amnesty has likewise spurred the flow of illegals especially over the southern border, for if once in the United States there is a good chance that amnesty will be theirs (Out of 420,789 border apprehensions in fiscal 2013, 414,397 of them (or 98.48%) happened along the Southwest border.).
What about Unemployment in Illinois? Illinois ranked 48th in monthly state rankings at 8.7% for November 2013 when seasonally adjusted. Unemployment is actually much higher in Illinois when taking into consideration those individuals who have dropped out of the labor force because they can't find work.
These individuals do not factor into the unemployment rates in any state.
According to Pew's State and Consumer Initiatives, Illinois' job market will not improve in 2015. Predicted is that Illinois will rank dead last in the nation with an estimated job growth rate of 0.98%, amounting to a paltry 56,996 jobs added
A question that demands serious consideration here in Illinois is whether immigration reform (amnesty) is going to improve the dismal job situation?
Part two will conveys warnings as to what is afoot in the U.S. House under the leadership of John Boehner, why House legislators must be alerted not to vote for what would amount to a piecemeal approach to immigration reform by the House leadership, and the influence of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and its push for amnesty as a politically entrenched synod of special interests which represents big business of the Beltway, not the business of mainstream America.