Path to Citizenship ‘Highly Unlikely’ to Pass House: Rep. Tom Price

Chris Moody, Yahoo! News, June 5, 2013

A comprehensive immigration reform bill that includes a path to citizenship for immigrants living in the country illegally is “highly unlikely” to pass the Republican-majority House of Representatives, Georgia Republican Rep. Tom Price, the vice chair of the House Budget Committee, said.

During a Christian Science Monitor breakfast meeting Wednesday, a reporter asked Price if a majority of House members could support a path to legality for immigrants similar to the provision in the bill currently moving through the Senate.

“I think at this point, that would be highly unlikely,” Price said. “Because I don’t think there’s a trust of our conference in the administration to enforce the current laws that are on the books as they relate to much of immigration. And not just this administration—it has been previous administrations as well.”


Price said that the Obama administration would need to prove that it can enforce current laws before he would consider supporting new comprehensive legislation. In the meantime, Price said he would rather Congress take a piecemeal approach.

“There’s no trust at all. The first step in regaining that trust is living up to the promise that was made to the nation back in 1986, and that is controlling and securing the border,” Price said. “So until the administration is able to do that, I don’t think that there’s any trust that whatever could pass would be enforced or made certain that it would work in a positive way.”


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  • r j p

    “…The first step in regaining that trust is living up to the promise that was made to the nation back in 1986, and that is controlling and securing the border,”
    Wall it off. Concrete block with razor wire. And require passports to enter the country — since we need them to leave. Stop treating citizens differently from illegals. No welfare. No in-state tuition. No drivers licenses. No bank accounts or mortgages. No inter-country wire transfers without positive citizenship proving ID. And when the souther wall is done, secure the ports and start on the northern wall.
    BO is moving to Hawaii after his presidency ends because it is the only state with a natural immigration policy, and he knows it is the only state in which he will be reasonably safe.

    • The__Bobster

      BO, will have plenty of bodyguards for the rest of his life, courtesy of the American taxpayer. Maybe he just wants to live in a state full of mongrels like himself.

      • r j p

        Body guards can only do so much. He will have a beach front gated estate. The only way into Hawaii without a paper trail is via sail boat, thats 20+ days from California each way and requires an experienced crew. The only person that could handle that job would be Arthur Bishop, aka The Mechanic.

        • IstvanIN

          Quite a few years ago the Spetsnaz, as a test, sneaked into the Swedish Royal Palace, with the King in residence, and left, without being detected. Shows what special forces can do.

    • George White

      You can’t have a welfare state and open borders. Obama has absolutely no common sense whatsoever.

      • Rocky Bass

        You are making the mistake of thinking BO does NOT desire the destruction of all America stood for.

  • The__Bobster

    It looks like the Republicans are finally wising up. Any amnesty will be the death knell for the Republican Party.

    Besides, a lot of the open borders traitors like The Vulture wrote the disastrous 1986 act. They’re not to be trusted again. The only bill that should be passed is an enforcement-only one.

    • Oil Can Harry

      Hopefully, the House Republicans will drive a stake through this bill’s heart.

      If they do it will put the lie to the boasting of Grover “Lord Yuppie” Norquist who claimed the only Americans who opposed amnesty were “a couple of loudmouths like Tom Tancredo” and Pat Buchanan.

      • George White

        Norquist is stupid.

    • Bossman

      If the Republicans fail to pass comprehensive immigration, the Hispanic people will remember that and the Republicans will never win in key states like California, Florida, New York and maybe even Texas so therefore the Republicans might not form a majority of the government for a generation or more. Hispanics will eventually win, time and demographics is on their side.

      • Bill

        Who gives a crap what hispanics remember? They will NEVER vote for a Republican. And who cares what people who are here illegally have to say about anything at all? Time and demographics is NOT on their side. History has shown that when an alien people become a real threat to the native society, draconian measures are taken to restore the balance. More liberals than you would think are realizing that this flood of squatties is harming the country in untold ways, and most conservatives are now totally fed up with the Government, the Gang of Eight, and all traitors who encourage this amnesty and open borders insanity. At some point, the common people will demand a return to sanity, or take things into their own hands out of sheer self survival.

        • Bossman

          You’re assuming that every “Hispanic” is an illegal alien who is also dark and “squat.” None of that is true. So-called Hispanics are already very intertwined into the fabric of the USA. According to the Futurist and Forecasters, the USA will be begging Mexicans and other Hispanics to come to the USA beginning in about 2030.

      • MBlanc46

        In addition to which, the employer class, who are largely Repubs, want amnesty. It’s not merely a matter of where the votes are, it’s also where the money is. Qui bono?

  • mobilebay

    I’d like every member of the “gang” (rightly named) to stand before us on nationwide TV and explain why they prefer foreign criminals to American citizens. Maybe a shot of truth serum would help, otherwise we’d hear nothing but a pack of lies. But being a politican mean being a good liar,doesn’t it?

  • E_Pluribus_Pluribus

    An Historian Remembers the 1986 Amnesty

    Otis L. Graham, professor emeritus of history at UC Santa Barbara and author of Unguarded Gates: A History of America’s Immigration Crisis (2004), sums up what happened after IRCA — with its amnesty and promise of work site enforcement — became the law of the land:

    “Almost nothing promised by the legalization turned out as expected. The amnesty covered . . . 2.7 million people [rather than the 1 million predicted] who could then apply for visas for their relatives . . For illegal aliens who were ineligible for amnesty, . . . document fraud quickly became almost universal . . .” pp108-109

    • Greg Thomas

      Which means that the “11 million” figure they keep touting is more like 33 million illegal invaders currently waiting to benefit from amnesty.

      • Bossman

        The proposed law would not allow the amnestied immigrants to bring in their brothers or sisters; only children and parents would be allowed.

  • White Mom in WDC

    Good. Now go home beaners! And take your extended familia of fifty with you!

  • There is ONLY one way for the Republicans to approach the immigration (invasion) issue. Hold the government to the promise that they made in the 1980’s under Reagan.

  • Talltrees

    So, they’re only concerned about securing the borders, not the insane decision to offer citizenship to millions of non-Whites.

  • bigone4u

    The next step is to figure out how to get dictator Obongo to enforce the laws on the books already. Aren’t there some anti-immigration organizations who have standing to file a lawsuit that could lead to the deportation of millions of illegals by enforcing current law?

    • MBlanc46

      To you have standing, I think you’d have to be able to show that you were being harmed by their not being deported. While I believe that working Americans are being harmed by the millions of illegals, that harm is pretty diffuse and very difficult to establish in a concrete way. When presidents defy the law (think of Andrew Jackson and Indian removal), it’s very difficult to force them to submit. I doubt that anything short of impeachment would do it, and the Repubs certainly aren’t going to do that.

  • DaveMed

    Each and every person has a duty to make the illegals as uncomfortable and unwelcome as possible.

  • I just don’t see the same House that just did this turning right around and passing an immigration liberalization/amnesty bill of any sort:

    • MBlanc46

      It wouldn’t be the same House, exactly. The Repubs have a majority in the House and can pass anything they want there.Very little of it goes anywhere because those bills can’t pass in the Senate. Most of the immigration vote would be Dems. They need only 25 or so Repub votes to carry it. There are a lot of bigwig Repub donors who want this, so that it is far from impossible.

      • Hastert Rule. If Boehner blows through it to pass amnesty on the backs of virtually all House Democrats and a few dozen leftist Republicans, he’s done as Speaker. Then again, he might not care about that; the open borders lobby will probably give him megabuck-a-year sinecures of some sort or another.

        • MBlanc46

          Boehner’s role will certainly be crucial, one way or another.

  • borogirl54

    As far as I am concerned, most of the illegals are not going to apply for US citizenship because all they want is a green card to go back and forth across the border to visit friends and family. So why have a path to citizenship as a priority?

    • Puggg

      They don’t much care about citizenship per se, because they will be able to do 99.9% of what real citizens can do, including welfare and voting. What they really want is the green card, the work permit and the immunity from deportation (even though deportation never really happens much anyway). And that is coincidentally what the open borders cheap labor lusters want.

      • MBlanc46

        I believe that much of what you say here is spot on.

    • Bossman

      A visa over-stayer can become an American citizen right now by marrying an American. I believe the law preventing illegal immigrants from becoming citizens was originally intended to prevent sailors and merchant seamen from jumping ships and staying ashore.

  • Ella

    If Govt. decides to enforce their Reform Laws after 1986 Amnesty, then, they have to come up with monies to do that. American govt. is broke and only follows through any legislation if it has funding. Repubs give attention mostly to Big Businesses and/or lobbyist organizations and will find a way to renege by not funding an immigration restriction Bill, So it dies at the end.