A Gang of Six Plots a Revolt

Robert Costa, National Review, April 15, 2013

Representative Steve King, a 63-year-old Iowa Republican, is restless and irritated, and it shows. He’s here, stewing in a hearing room in the Rayburn building, because he and his friends in the House’s tea-party bloc feel disconnected from the debate on comprehensive immigration reform. “A number of us have sat back and watched with amazement as some of our colleagues have leapt to erroneous conclusions,” King says, sitting alongside five other staunch opponents of legalization efforts. “But we are where we are with the momentum in the Republican party.”

A few blocks away, Senator Marco Rubio and his colleagues on the bipartisan Gang of Eight, who have lately been on the front pages of the national newspapers, are poised to release legislation that will probably include a pathway to legalization for undocumented workers. {snip} Meanwhile, the tea-party Republicans gathered here have received scant coverage, and scorn from liberals on Twitter, for their opposition to the Senate’s plan.

King and his crew are not driving the negotiations, and they increasingly feel like outsiders within their own party. “The meetings of the Gang of Eight and the secret meetings in the House of Representatives—the people who have been standing up for the Constitution and the rule of law haven’t been invited to those meetings,” King tells the assembled group of reporters. The other huddlers—Michele Bachmann (Minn.), Lou Barletta (Pa.), Mo Brooks (Ala.), Louie Gohmert (Texas), and Dana Rohrabacher (Calif.)—nod and grimace. “We’ve got all the rich guys and the elitists talking to each other,” Rohrabacher says. “Unfortunately us regular folks don’t have that kind of coordination.”

A lot has changed in six years. In 2007, when Congress was last trying to pass an immigration bill, GOP critics of that version of “comprehensive reform” dominated the headlines, and their vocal opposition to what was then the Gang of Twelve’s plan scared off many Republicans who might otherwise have supported it. This time around, the anti-legalization warriors wonder why their party suddenly seems to be ignoring their concerns. “We’re seeing the inertia, and we’re concerned about having this wash over us,” King says.

Yet in spite of the eye rolling they generate within the Beltway establishment, these six colorful members (Gohmert, Bachmann, and King are frequent guests on cable news) might effectively stymie the Gang of Eight’s quest for a comprehensive package. King and company are preparing to block whatever comes out of the Senate, and they think they, not Rubio, will be the Republicans who shape the debate, especially on talk radio and within the conservative movement.

Republicans leaders are paying attention. Sources close to House conservatives say that King is working behind the scenes to sour his right-wing colleagues on the Gang of Eight’s plan, and he made calls over the weekend to finalize his strategy with members and conservative activists. {snip}

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Rubio, who appeared on seven talk shows on Sunday, continues to be the most prominent Republican on the issue, but the Florida senator’s prominence doesn’t faze this Gang of Six in the House. {snip} King and his allies think they’ll have time to push back after the Gang of Eight releases its bill, since they know the House GOP leadership won’t immediately embrace the Senate’s plan.

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Like the other five, Rohrabacher knows they’re in a difficult spot — a group of rabble-rousers with limited political capital inside the House trying to stop legislation that GOP grandees and many prominent conservatives have largely blessed. But he believes that the fight against comprehensive immigration reform is far from over. “What the leadership would like to shove down our throats, in terms of immigration reform, is bad policy and bad politics,” he says. “In the long run, the Republican party would be destroyed.”

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  • White Mom in WDC

    No one cares what is best for the country. These rich GOPs just want to line their pockets with cheap labor. Then us middle class people puck up the tab for the illegals’ use of social services. There is no part system period. Just rich elites fighting for their own interest. We are not America but Amexistan.

    • You’re right. This Gang of Six and only a few other Congressmen and only a few members of the Senate are truly interested in doing the right thing because it’s the right thing on this issue. And while most everyone wants to do the wrong thing, there is a partisan divide between over which version of the wrong thing to do, and which party benefits from it first. The best strategy for the Gang of Six is to get within the partisan cracks and crevices and exploit this partisan jealousy. Divide and conquer.

      • White Mom in WDC

        Right on. Rubio is a scheister and just reeks of sleeze. He is a modern day slave trader. He will bring in his cheap labor and low ball American citizens. Pure trash. This is why Latin America is the armpit that it is, because of greaseballs like this guy

        • matism

          Rubio is just another Rove Republican. Another GD Shrub.

    • MikeS

      Right you are. The rich elites do not need to be verbally told the right thing to do. Rather, they need to be forcibly shown the right thing to do.

    • Sue

      I’ve asked before and I’ll ask again. If the illegals come in and bring all that they had in the country they left, doesn’t that make the US the same damn country they wanted to leave?

      • Svigor

        Shhh. Once Maheeko is empty, we can all move down there!

        • mobilebay

          I’ve thought the same thing, Svigor. I nice villa in Mazatlan would suit me. After all, the wealthy Mexicans have taken over San Antonio in my state and soon the rest of Texas. But if we all moved there, they would soon come breaking into their own country so we could take care of them.

      • gemjunior

        Great point. That is what is so sad about the leveal of brain-death we’re dealing with that seems to afflict our own fellow American citizens. It seems pretty easy to see. Most people I’ve spoken to here in NY about the Mexican invasion usually say stuff such as “Well, our ancestors immigrated here, what’s the difference?” or “Why would you have a problem with them “risking their lives” to cross the border so they can work for a better life for them and their children and pursue the American Dream?” The vast majority will soon be wondering “What did I do wrong, after all I was a tolerant, non-racist, citizen of the world.” There is no American Dream anymore; only a dystopic nightmare. You think Alice Cooper had nightmares? Freddie Kruger couldn’t have dreamed up a horror like the one we’re living through. Like one of those dreams where you try to run but your legs are immobilized, stuck in place, or you try to scream and nothing comes out. Nobody wants to do anything about it because nobody will take their heads out of the sand. If you speak an exotic language you don’t get charged with a crime where you dragged a body under your car and killed a young man – oh, but it was an evil white devil.

      • David Ashton

        The reduction of all the “white” nations to a common low-level, instead of an immigration moratorium and encouragement of self-improvement in the other regions – why not?
        Yet white Americans are told that Mexicans &c have creative gifts and skills, adding insult to injury, because any such talents should remain at home and raise the standards there.

        • Erasmus

          Mexican creative gifts and talents? What are those? Motherhood for many women by the age of 15 and an age of consent of 12? Pathetic. Utterly pathetic.

      • guest

        This is the same as blacks who leave black neighborhoods and move to white neighborhoods. When they are asked, “why did you move”, they say stuff like, “I wanted to get away from crime, find better schools”. As blacks start showing up, due to some unknown force (pilgrims?), those things they tried to escape start also showing up in their new neighborhood!

      • Greg Thomas

        You import the third world, you get the third world. Very simple.

    • joe22

      Uh, the Democrats were pushing this Einstein! Republicans are just trying to steal some votes. Ultimately both parties have to pass it in the House and Senate and then the DEMOCRAT President has to sign it. And further more, Bill Clinton passed NAFTA which outsourced millions of jobs and is the reason why millions of illegals came to the USA and then there is DEMOCRAT Obama who passed the Korean/US and Pacific Asian NAFTA which will outsource millions of more jobs. You libs should do your research before you run your potholes!

      • White Mom in WDC

        Does it really matter, Democrat or Republican? They ALL suck. Get the guillotine ready!

      • MBlanc46

        Bill Clinton signed NAFTA. George H.W. Bush negotiated it. You can split hairs about which one pulled the armed robbery and which one was only driving the getaway car, but they’re both the agents of the globalizing corporate elite.

  • David Ashton

    Never give in and never give up.

  • The__Bobster

    http://www.vdare.com/posts/rep-steve-king-and-other-border-stalwarts-present-anti-amnesty-arguments

    Rep. Steve King and Other Border Stalwarts Present Anti-Amnesty Arguments
    By Brenda Walker on April 12, 2013 at 10:03am

    Are the House friends of American sovereignty waking up to the looming amnesty danger? Perhaps.

    On Thursday, several of the more spine-enhanced members had a low-key presser, called a “pen-and-pad” by Roll Call (new scribbler shop talk to me). Organized by Congressman Steve King (R-IA, pictured), the event included Michele Bachmann (R-MN), Lou Barletta (R-PA), Louie Gohmert (R-TX), Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) and Mo Brooks (R-AL).

    There’s no video of the event, at least so far, or transcript either. Why so shy? Millions of citizens are starved for leadership supporting the well-being of the nation, rather than an immigration amnesty deal made in secret for powerful special interests. Congressman King was involved in an outdoors press conference in 2011 spotlighting the crime victims of illegal aliens; that format could be usefully be followed for a presentation on American joblessness, for example.

  • The__Bobster

    http://www.vdare.com/posts/kaus-on-rubios-bs

    Kaus on Rubio’s BS
    By Steve Sailer on April 15, 2013 at 5:51pm

    The downside of Mickey Kaus as a blogger at the Daily Caller is that he doesn’t Feed the Beast anywhere near as often as other bloggers, and unlike more successful bloggers, posts only on a fairly small number of subjects where he knows what he’s talking about.

    The upside of Mickey as a blogger is, well, stuff like this:

    Marco Rubio was defensive and jargon-addled on ABCs This Week. He was slick and effective on NBC and CNN and somewhere in between on FOX, But he was selling BS on all four networks. Here are three examples:

    1. Rubio repeatedly said it would be “cheaper, faster and easier” for illegal immigrants to go back home, wait 10 years, and apply for a green card (under current law) than to go through the longer “alternative” green card path created by his amnesty bill. That’s absurd. If Rubio’s bill passes, how many illegal immigrants are going to go home and wait 10 years versus accepting the bill’s more-or-less immediate legalization and then waiting to get their green cards? The answer is a number approaching zero. Why? Because under Rubio’s bill they will get to do the waiting while living and working legally in the United States. That’s certainly easier than “self-deporting” for ten years under current law.

    2. Similarly, Rubio argues that his bill won’t privilege illegals over those waiting in line abroad to get green cards, because it will take longer for illegals to get the green cards through his amnesty. But, again, the illegals–having been more or less instantly legalized–will get to do their waiting while having already achieved what the people waiting in line abroad can only dream of achieving: a legal life in the United States. Illegals FTW!

    3. A controversy erupted late last week over the pro-amnesty “Gang of 8″s ambition to achieve a 90% apprehension rate of illegal border-crossers. Rubio’s camp–including his chief of staff, Cesar Conda–claimed this was a “trigger” that, if not met, would block the newly legalized illegals from proceeding down the road to green cards and citizenship. Democrats claimed it was just a goal that, if not met, wouldn’t block anyone. On Fox, Rubio basically admits the Democrats are right.

    • Crystal Evans

      Depending on where they are from, they could wait more than ten years after applying for green cards. People from India, Mexico, Philippines and China, the countries that have the most immigrants often have to wait decades until their visa number comes up. All countries have the same allotted number of visa each year. Some countries such as Northern Ireland, Australia, Hong Kong and Japan do not use all of their allotted visas each year. Countries such as these are eligible for the Visa Lottery, which gives 50,000 applicants who meet basic qualifications to legally immigrate to the US.

      • Erasmus

        I don’t mean to sound hard-hearted but I really don’t care if someone in Bangalore, Amsterdam, Rome or Jalalabad has to wait decades to get approved. Coming to this country is NOT a right, and I am tired of the soft-headed liberals of both parties pretending that it is. Who speaks for the citizens of the United States any more? No one.

        • Svigor

          I don’t mean to sound hardhearted, but I really hope Africa, Asia, and central and South America all sink into the sea so no more of the people who live there can emigrate here.

        • I agree with you, We should control who gets in and who does not. Instead of an immigration system based on family reunification. We need a skills based system that awards those who have the skills that we need. We do not need any more unskilled labor, except for seasonal work in agriculture.

          • Tucker

            A better variation of Crystal’s idea would be – provide a TEMPORARY work visa that would permit specific and only highly critical skilled immigrants to TEMPORARILY come to the USA to work for a limited length of time, but remain here only as long as it would take for native born Americans to complete their college educations and then enter the job market. At this point, these highly skilled immigrants would be sent home and replaced with native born Americans.

            Also, no children born from these immigrants would become US citizens – and no chain immigration of their family trees would be permitted, either. If they miss their family, then they are free to take a vacation, hop on a plane and go visit them in their native country.

            In essence, the objective should be – to wean ourselves off of the need for ANY foreign labor. The USA should have as it’s #1 goal – to become 100 percent self-sufficient and we must strive to grow our own talent by encouraging productive White people to have more children.

          • David Gatlin

            We have highly skilled workers and they’re being screwed by importing 3rd worlders, who we payed to educate, coming here and driving down wages. If they’re skilled, maybe they should stay and use their skills to improve their own countries.

          • Erasmus

            Our own children used to do the seasonal work in agriculture. I paid for some of my college expenses working on a farm. We got along fine without them (in fact better), when we cleaned our own toilets, mowed our own lawns, flipped our own burgers and built our own houses. We would we be just fine even if all 20 million of them disappeared overnight.

          • MBlanc46

            The notion that white people won’t do what needs to be done is a slander.

          • David Gatlin

            We don’t need skilled labor either. That’s a sham to get more democrat votes and drive down wages too.

          • Erasmus

            We also don’t need more unskilled, poorly-educated people here. Aren’t we Americans being told again and again and again how we have to educate ourselves and our children to compete in the global market place? Okay, then, if that’s the case why do we want to keep flooding the country with the poor and unskilled when we need a smaller, smarter population? (And you can bet the farm that if this goes through, there will be a 3rd and bigger amnesty and the United States will be over.)

            EVERYONE working on behalf of amnesty is a liar, a thief and a traitor. No one in that dirty bunch has clean hands, and American citizens know it.

          • Jefferson

            How is America going to become a smarter nation by importing millions of low I.Q Hispanics.

  • bigone4u

    The story is good news offering a ray of hope. These guys and lady can keep stirring the pot. If amnesty becomes law at least someone in power will be around to say “I told you so.” Like the bumper stickers that say, “Don’t blame me, I didn’t vote for Obama.”

  • George White

    This is GREAT NEWS!!!! I told you it wasn’t a done deal. I’ve been on the phone every day calling Senate and Congress, and I suggest everybody here do the same. Raise hell!

  • Svigor

    I’m waiting for one Congresscritter to grow a pair and start saying we should peg our immigration policy to Israel’s; loud, and often.

    What would be the problem with that? Israel’s our uber-awesome BFF ally, right?

    • evilsandmich

      Or even Mexico. Just submit a bill that’s just like Mexico’s and say that we’re aligning our system with that of our neighbors.

  • khesanh67-68

    The media loves all these stupid phrases, “gang of six.” There is no opposition, the traitors are going to stab us in the back. Just keep your powder dry and wait until action is forced on us.

    • mobilebay

      If they’re serious, let’s dub them the “gang for Americans.”

      • khesanh67-68

        They’re not serious, just another stupid ploy.

    • Tucker

      I agree. Genocide criminals should never be permitted to escape their just desserts.

    • Anon12

      Let us call them the Zeta six…..

  • Erasmus

    There is no point for the GOP to even continue to exist if it must become democrat-lite to ensure its survival.

    Better to destroy this treasonous piece of legislation and with it the GOP than to ram it through and keep around a party that exists primarily to advance the careers of clowns like Rubio, McCain, Graham and the Bushes. The survival of America is far more important than the careers of all of these traitors.

  • joe22

    so what if it doesnt pass, these people are all still getting welfare, food stamps, tax returns and sending billions abroad. They will still contribute to a high crime rate, run drugs, cost the US taxpayer BILLIONS. They will still be here regardless if this bill passes or not and they will also still get free healthcare because ObamaCare doesnt mandate proof of citizenship.

    • Anon12

      So true! Remember all those illegal alien FELONS that were locked up to be “deported”, only to have over 2000 of them released into our streets a month or so ago, thanks to Obama and all his treasonous cohorts? We sure haven’t heard about any investigation of that incident have we? It didn’t last long in our news “media” did it?

  • mobilebay

    I hope this bunch is on the up and up. I’m so tired of the lies and subterfuge. They sound good, but so have others and then they’ve become turncoats. I want illegals ordered home, I want the birthright law thrown out, I want a moratorium on legal immigration and no visas issued for anyone and military on the border. In short, I want my country back!

  • Bobby

    American citizens that actually might care, should get behind these six patriots with millions of people, to counteract, the traitors in the gang of eight.

  • Tannhauser

    Well at least there are 6 righteous men and women in the Senate.

  • MBlanc46

    The corporate elites want the Mexican border to disappear as far as capital and labor movements are concerned. The majority of the political elites will very likely follow their paymasters. It’s a delusion to think that one faction of one the the corporate-backed parties is somehow on the side of truth, justice, and the American way. None of them are our friends.

    • Erasmus

      The corporate “elites” had better be careful. Civilization is a thin veneer.

  • JohnEngelman

    Monday, 15 Apr 2013 06:05 AM

    As Congress readies for a drawn-out immigration debate, an expanding network of Republican fundraisers is pressing for a path to legal status for millions of immigrants living in the United States illegally.

    Business leaders and donors who raised tens of millions in the last election are meeting with top GOP fundraisers and Republican lawmakers…

    In most cases, the donors have ties to Wall Street and businesses that want more high- and low-skilled immigrants in the nation’s legal labor pool. Backed by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, these business-minded Republican fundraisers say they’re getting a relatively receptive audience
    http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/GOP-Donors-Immigration/2013/04/15/id/499409

    • David Ashton

      And resistance from the Democrats?

      • JohnEngelman

        On the issue of immigration there is little effective difference between the political parties. Since at least the election of 1980 Republican politicians have learned to pander to the resentments of lower income whites, but they answer to the concerns of their wealthy contributors.

        • David Ashton

          Not only unproductive Mexicans but “Orientals” being sneaked in.
          See e.g. “Of Chinese Snakeheads and Mexican Coyotes: The Globalization of Crime-Terror Pipelines” – see e.g. https://www.fpri.org/….
          Also: “China emerges as one of the most significant players in transnational crime.” VOA, April 16, 2013.

    • Erasmus

      And when the GOP signs onto amnesty, it signs its own death warrant. Amnesty will win tens of millions of new voters for the democrats, a couple hundred thousand for the republicans (if they’re lucky) and millions of erstwhile republican supporters will walk.

      It’s not for nothing conservatives call the GOP the stupid party.

      • Jefferson

        The Stupid Party is hoping that since Hispanics tend to be religious, that most of them will one day eventually vote just like religious White Southerners from the bible belt states of Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia, etc.

        The Stupid Party is going to get a rude awakening when that day NEVER comes.

      • JohnEngelman

        The Democrats are stupid on immigration too. They complain about the growing income gap. Immigration deflates wages, inflates prices, and raises profits. They are concerned about the environment. More people means more forest and farm land replaced with housing and pavement. It means more pollution, and more depletion of natural resources.

  • ATBOTL

    Notice the condescending tone this article. For those who missed it, NR has officially come out in favor amnesty, in their typical indirect, cowardly way of course: http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/345113/three-questions-immigration-editors

  • Tucker

    I don’t think I have to remind anyone who’s in the AmRen community that the Communists in the Democrat Party are hard core, ruthless, chronically dishonest, pathologically programmed, arrogant totalitarian control freaks.

    Hence, I am beginning to sniff the wind and detect a faint odor – that seems to get stronger by day – that suggests to me the possibility that the GOP might be playing a very dangerous game here – a game that could be a strategy to tie this amnesty scheme up indefinitely, and see if they can maneuver the head Communist who disgraces the White House Oval Office to try to issue some kind of massive ‘Executive Order’ to amnesty the 20-40 million illegal, law breaking aliens and thereby accomplish several goals.

    First, it would take the pressure off of the race treasonous rats inside the GOP and shift the blame – and hopefully, the boiling hot, ready-to -explode-like-a -nuclear-bomb anger of the 120 million or so White conservative Americans – over to the Communist from Kenya. Secondly, if this happens – and the dictator-in-chief is forced to show himself to be a dictator on an issue that will basically signal the final stake being driven through the heart of White Western Civilization – perhaps the GOP is thinking that this will be sufficient to energize the 3-7 million or so White conservative voters who refused to support a RINO named Mittens and the next time an election rolls around, the GOP will get a 100 percent turnout-for the next despicable RINO they try to foist upon their base.

    Question: Did anyone in the GOP leadership make a passing grade in 8th grade math class?
    Energizing 3-7 million voters in this fashion will not cancel out the 20-40 million new life-time Democrat voters who will be on the receiving end of the amnesty. Duh.

    As I said, this is a very dangerous game – if that is what is what these nitwits in the GOP establishment are thinking. Clearly, the executive order power of the presidency is long overdue for a complete abolition. Both Rs and Ds have routinely abused this power and have been using it to nullify both the U.S. Congress, the courts, and the will of the people and it has become an instrument that succeeding presidents have used to enact laws from the tip of their pens, and that is in clear violation of both the U.S. Constitution and the intentions of our Founding Fathers, who sought to have a system of checks and balances in place that would prevent any one branch from becoming dictatorial.

    Also, if the GOP is trying to goad the Commie from Kenya into using an E.O. – this will be equivalent to the GOP leadership deciding to become a suicide bomber, because in trying to expose the enemy as a dictator – they will effectively destroy their party, and hand the Communist DemonCrats a permanent one party dictatorship and accomplish nothing significant as a result of their stupid action, because their entire base already knows that the guy sees himself as a dictator.

    But, then, we are talking about The Stupid Party, right?

  • barack chavez

    Good for them. Socialist Obama has not so hidden ulterior motives and up to no good wanting the entire 3rd world to come to Amerika so he can give them free welfare and food stamps and get their vote to stay in power for life.

  • archer

    I think the hubris of the so called ruling elite is there for every one to see, this is the worst, ill conceived legislation possible and everyone with half a brain knows it.
    It will not stop illegal immigration only encourage it, we can’t afford to put any of these people on “obummacare” or any other social safety net, there are plenty of low skilled types in this country now without a job. In short we don’t need more workers for less jobs. These clowns are out to totally destroy what’s left of this country.

  • Erasmus

    While I find the democrats’ support of amnesty misguided and contemptible, I am more disgusted with republican supporters. The democrats are fools but do it with good, albeit horribly flawed, intentions. The republican supporters of amnesty do it for money. In other words, they’re happy to sell out their countrymen for 30 pieces of silver.

    • Jefferson

      The rich fat cat Republican elites who care more about lining up their pockets than the well being of thIs country, give capitalism a bad name. They are crony capitalists.

      They will do anything too add a couple of more millions or billions to their bank account, even if it means having to drastically change the racial demographics of this country.

  • Marc B.

    Comments and +’s are tracking about 75-80% against this amnesty bill among NRO readers, if that’s any indication of the pulse of republican voters. Comments on amnesty articles on Drudge linked stories are closer 90% against. There still are plenty (about 20-35%) of democratic (paleoliberal) voters against amnesty as well if the national poll numbers are any indication. Not much has changed in terms of public opinion since 2006-2007.

  • fakeemail

    Nothing can be accomplished within the Republican party. They are the corporate cheap labor party and NOTHING MORE despite what they want you to believe.

  • Vyncennt

    I particularly enjoy the illusion that adding millions of wage slaves to our citizen base will prop up our social security program. Exactly how would they accomplish that, seeing as their average wages are far below that which is required to owe the Federal government any taxes?