Inside the House GOP’s Immigration Push

Jake Sherman and Seung Min Kim, Politico, January 15, 2014

House Republican leaders are within weeks of releasing their principles for immigration reform—a blueprint that will detail positions on everything from border security to legal status.

The document, which has been kept under wraps until now, will call for beefed-up border security and interior enforcement, a worker verification system for employers and earned legal status for the nation’s undocumented immigrants, according to multiple sources familiar with the discussions. It will also call for reforms to visa programs and a system to track those in the country legally.

The draft principles will also include a promise that immigration reform will be done on a step-by-step basis and will foreclose the possibility of entering into conference negotiations using the Senate’s comprehensive package—pledges that could soothe some Republicans.

Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), who is driving the process, wants these principles released before President Barack Obama’s State of the Union on Jan. 28.

The secret talks are taking place even as leaders doubt that such efforts will be fruitful, in part because of opposition from conservatives who sank the prospects for reform last year. That dynamic hasn’t changed. But Republicans think stating their position is important and could help chart a path forward for reform in 2015 after the midterm elections.


The most recent set of principles was discussed Wednesday morning during a meeting of Boehner, Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and Republican Conference Chairwoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington.


House committees several months ago cleared five separate bills to overhaul the nation’s immigration laws. Those pieces have not moved to the floor. None of them deal with the most complicated issue of reform: what to do with the millions of immigrants living in the United States illegally.


Trading legalization for an uptick in state and local enforcement—as some Republicans are discussing—will most likely be met with skepticism by Democrats. Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) passed legislation calling for that last summer, but Democrats vehemently rejected the bill, arguing that it would criminalize millions of undocumented immigrants already in the country.

There could be some ways to make the provision more palatable for Democrats. For example, Congress could empower state and local law enforcement officials only after current undocumented immigrants start their legalization process. This would put the focus on future illegal immigration.


Key senators who drafted a sweeping immigration bill and have been talking with House Republicans since their legislation passed last June are optimistic on the chances that the lower chamber will move forward.

“I get the sense that there’s a mood that is at least open to options,” said Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), whose former chief of staff, Becky Tallent, is now Boehner’s top immigration aide. “Part of it is the business community, part of it is the evangelicals, part of it’s organized labor. It’s the largest coalition ever behind any piece of legislation.”

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  • Jesse James

    They just won’t stop will they? If the Republicans insist on pushing amnesty through, particularly in a year when the Obamacare disaster would make it impossible for the Democrats to pass any legislation without massive Republican support, I will be done with the Republicans and probably the entire democratic process as it now exists. I would rather stop voting than to continue giving my consent to a corrupt system that is in essence: heads they win, tails me and mine lose. Let the Republicans shrink back into the same white North-eastern party that it started out as, they will no longer have national relevance.

    • Mack0

      We all must wake up to the sad reality that the United States as it was, when it was great and prosperous, is over. Its time to stop thinking about saving the system. The ship has already struck the ice burg and its time to man the life boats.

      • bigone4u

        Let those who sunk the ship of state go down with the ship.

        • Mack0

          I hope they all drown!

      • Truth Teller

        The US is still prosperous compared to the rest of the world, including first world countries in Europe.

        • Bartek

          The valuation of fiat currency is not the only measure of quality of life or success in the long term.

      • Max Krakah

        yes, the system is our enemy, and it will end

    • Anon

      If the US were really a democracy than the GOP would know that and be seeking your vote by supporting your position. Instead, they support a position held only by people who will never vote for them no matter what.
      This should tell you something important, especially since there are so much other evidence. The reason they don’t support your position is because there is no actual election. It’s rigged
      Before Obama, no black candidate ever got more than 1% of the vote, especially internationally known black empty suits. No one had heard of Obama. I lived in Chicago when he was in office and I had no idea who he was. Yet, he somehow displace Clinton….a legacy. He even went so far as to run anti-war for the nomination and turn right around and become a pro-war for Israel hawk the very day after his nomination….enraging the anti-war left. Yet, he somehow got elected. McCain was somebody in politics. Obama was nobody. The election should not have even been close.
      But that pales in comparison to the re-election. The complete dissolution of the black middle class. Staggering tax increases plus a drastic cut in the standard of living for most people. Real unemployment at 25%. Mysteriously, all the GOP could talk about is starting another war in the middle east. Ron Paul….despite having enough votes to win an election by simple measure of his book sales, somehow couldn’t even get close.
      The first election, the media convinced people it happened. The last election, no one even dared sport an Obama/Biden bumper sticker. What was not so obvious is now obvious.
      We are in real danger of Obama getting up in front of the cameras and saying…yeah….we’re not going to pretend anymore. I’m dictator for life Obama.

      • The Washington Post lists the peak long term unemployment figure at ~4.3% and that was in 2008. Current unemployment is around 2.6%. Source is the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

        Apparently you made a mistake in typing 25% when you meant to type 2.5%. Anything else is blatant mistrust of our Government.

    • MBlanc46

      Don’t vote. It only encourages them.

    • bopberrigan

      Boy, do I agree with your perspective.

    • Max Krakah

      you aren’t done with them yet?

      • Jesse James

        No, I live in Georgia and the State Republican party is all that stands between us and Jackson, Mississippi style black radical rule. We have our own Chokwe Lumumba’s.

        • Long Live Dixie

          The state Republican party will sell you out to the black radicals without batting an eye the moment they think it will benefit them. It is long past time for Southerners to stop supporting the instruments of their dispossession. The Republicans have been anti-Southern since the founding of the party.

          • Jesse James

            What alternative do you suggest? I will never vote Democrat.

  • dd121

    Let me release my position paper on support for Republicans: None.

  • mobilebay

    Hey, DC hacks! Are you willing to sell out your country and your fellow citizens? Well, then even worse than Republican in Name only, you’re an American in name only!

  • LACounty

    If there are any race-realists running, hopefully someone here will spread the word.

    • Pro_Whitey

      None explicitly. I like Jeff Sessions of Alabama. He seems to get it that the goal is to impoverish Americans. There are also those 16 congresscritters who signed a letter criticizing legal immigration levels.

      • LACounty

        Thanks. I’ll research Sessions.

      • bilderbuster

        That’s always the Cowardly Conservative argument:Economics.

        • Pro_Whitey

          Most people are not up on politics, for better or worse. If you hit them full force with a lot of stuff they have not heard about before, you’re likely to get resistance or dismissal. I think it makes a lot of sense to engage people with policies and issues they understand. Immigration control and enforcement and balancing our international trade are two such issues. Once you have them engaged and they trust you, then you can work in additional lessons. This is how the left tends to work, and rather successfully.

          • bilderbuster

            The “Cowardly Conservative” label in no way applies to you but to the racially aware “conservatives” who are too timid to ever bring up the devastating racial & cultural impact illegals bring to contaminate us.
            I find that race is much easier than economics for people to grasp.
            So easy that lefties use it with great success on non Whites all the time.

      • Long Live Dixie

        Unfortunately, Jeff Sessions was a firm supporter of sending Southern men to their deaths in Iraq on behalf of the US Empire. He and his ilk will get no support from me.

  • Jimbo Jones

    Why do they hate us?

    • The Captain

      Because the people who finance their multimillion dollar election campaigns find the idea of a homogenous white nation revolting even as an abstract concept.

      • bilderbuster

        And a threat to Jewish world domination.

      • MBlanc46

        I don’t know that they care a bit about homogeneity. What they care about is low wages.

    • JohnEngelman

      Because their contributors in the business community benefit from downward pressure on wages.

      • Epiminondas

        True, and driven by the twin demons of fractional reserve banking and the Federal Reserve system. Stop the banksters and the wage struggle will ease up. But our insatiable banking system demands a growing number of warm bodies with a pulse so it can have sufficient consumers to lend to, to sell mortgages and goods to. It is suicidal.

      • Bartek

        Also because US (and European) GNP is based more and more on Real Estate since financiers profited off de-industrialization and outsourcing.
        To justify the over valuation of fiat currencies population growth and real estate demand is essential since the West produces nothing of real worth.

    • Steven

      They don’t hate us – don’t take it personally. What our economic system demands, now as before, is cheap labor and more consumers. The social cost for securing the appropriate amount of new customers into the system is overlooked by the ruling elite – as always.

      • IstvanIN

        All while the Japanese work feverishly on mechanization to replace human labor. Necessity is the mother of invention. Cheap slave labor is very 18th century and not the economic model the US should have used. A never ending expanding population, even if it were all white, would not be a good thing. I have seen the results of over-population on my native NJ and it is not pretty.

      • Jimbo Jones

        Are you Jewish?

  • Rhialto

    Thanks to the Internet, the Repub technique of combining increased immigration with increased enforcement will no longer fool the intelligent opposition. They will know that the immigration is real; the enforcement is imaginary, and not vote for either major party.

    Could it be that the Dems know this, and are suckering the Repubs into policies that will destroy the Republican party? Perhaps the Dems have strategized that it’s time to go in for the kill, and turn the US into a one party state? I don’t know!

    • MBlanc46

      The Repubs don’t need to be suckered in to supporting more immigration. It’s what the corporate elites want.

  • Spartacus


    • model1911

      You, my friend are the ‘real deal’ . Genius.

  • bigone4u

    There is only one party in the US, a single party with a left and a right faction. The Republicans and Democrats exist to create the appearance of democracy, furthered by the Hegelian dialetical. I believe I saw on Henry Makow’s website a statement by an Illuminati member, saying, “No matter who you vote for, you always vote for us.” I can believe it.

  • Irishgirl

    “Democrats vehemently rejected the bill, arguing that it would criminalize millions of undocumented immigrants already in the country.”

    Well now, we wouldn’t want to criminalize criminals, would we?

  • slash345

    No citizenship. Not even a pathway.

    Deport them now permanently. This is our country, not the politicians country.

    Get rid of them.

    • RisingReich

      You do mean deport the politicians, right?

      • slash345

        Them and the immigrants.

  • MBlanc46

    Whatever this says, the only part that will ever be implemented is “let tens of millions more in”.

  • Eddie Lutz

    Turn the trade unions against immigration. Vote for more tariffs and protectionism and against proponents of free trade. A long slow collapse is the worse outcome. Milk the welfare system as much as you can to bring it down as soon as possible. We need a populist strongman in charge, and the only way for that to happen is economic catastrophe.

    • Epiminondas

      Union leadership has been bought off. By all rights they should be against flooding the country with cheap labor. The rank and file have been betrayed and many know it.

  • Epiminondas

    Not only do we need to stop this amnesty, we also need to call a halt to legal immigration, as well. But that’s not even on their radar. What fools these Republicans be.

  • Truth Teller

    I don’t think there should be any immigration or if immigration does occur, it should be severely limited. We are in an economic crisis and it would be suicidal IMO.

  • itdoesnotmatter

    Democrats vehemently rejected the bill, arguing that it would
    criminalize millions of undocumented immigrants already in the country.

    Ahem, just so you know Democrats, they are already are criminals.
    Ditch the euphemistic language “undocumented immigrants,” they are ILLEGAL ALIEN border jumpers who violated our rule of law. Get it? What bit about illegal do you not understand?

  • TXCriollo

    Why do i feel this is a bs front the up coming election

  • Bartek

    I don’t really care about the Mexicans the power elite have already allowed into the country through the border they intentionally didn’t secure.

    I am more concerned with the 10s of million unskilled worker Visas they want to hand out like candy to the Africans.
    Right now the only colonists who can get in are the Mexicans. Mexican can potentially be assimilated. Mexicans do share quite a few cultural values with Europeans.

    “Immigration reform” will enable the US government to flood the USA with 100 million Africans over the next ten years.
    The majority of current ‘African Americans’ in the USA have proven to be unassimilable, violent, destructive, and a burden on the rest of the society.

    Does the USA really need to be further destabilized by even more Blacks?

    • joesphx

      I see your point in preventing the flood of Africans but I do disagree with your assumption that Mexicans are entirely capable of assimilation. The Mexicans that are arriving here as interlopers are encouraged to leave Mexico by their own government for a reason. That reason is racial impurity. The government of Mexico at one time or another have tried to kill those with too much Indian blood in their veins. They are the hard, squat looking people, the difficult ones to manage. The Spaniard lines are most welcome in Mexico as they own it, have all of its wealth and are elected to most offices. Remember also, the drug cartels are not composed of the high Mexican peoples so, why would we want what Mexico is casting off?

      • Bartek

        I agree we are getting ethnics Mexico finds undesirable. But in many ways we also received Europe’s undesirables.
        The ideal would have been: White people stayed 90% of the population, pre 1965 immigration rules stayed in effect, Lyndon Johnson’s Black breeding program never took place, and the USA did not de-industrialize and US (now US GNP is based in large part on real estate valuation where stems the desire to have an constantly expanding population).

      • Tucker

        What the white-appearing, elites who run Mexico are basically doing – by herding their low IQ, mestizo mongrels across our Southern borer – and what our alien and hate filled, anti-White elites are encouraging them to do – is basically equivalent to what a pro-White, racially healthy White Nationalist run America would be doing, if they were herding millions of inner city ghetto blacks across our border and into Mexico.

        Or, to cite a real life example instead of a hypothetical one – what the leaders of Israel are doing when they are deporting black African invaders back to their own nations, or trying to shove them down the throats of a White European nation such as Sweden. Oh, and just so White Americans can clearly see the tip of the Israeli middle finger – they are using a portion of those tax dollars that our treasonous and corrupt US Congress steals from us every year and sends to Israel in foreign aid as cash bribe ‘incentives’ to help these blacks with their ‘resettlement’ and ‘moving expenses’.

        As for Bartek’s comment – he clearly has not spent any appreciable amount of time, studying Texas history – or, he would be aware of the fact that the last time White Anglo-Saxon/Celtic people encountered a situation whereby they were forced to rub elbows with, and chafe alongside, a heavy exposure to Mexicans and Mexican culture, Whites decided that they were not very fond of that arrangement and that was what lead to the Texas war against Mexico and the eventual creation of the independent, Republic of Texas.

        Thus, any attempt to once again place White Anglo-Saxon/Celtic or Germanic people under the subjugation, dominance, and rule of Mexicans – will result in another bloody war and this time around, we won’t be using single-shot Kentucky Long Rifles or cap & ball black powder six-shooters.

        • Truth Teller

          The moral of the story? Do not use US policy to donate to Israel or to the Muslims.

    • Bossman

      How exactly will “immigration reform” flood the USA with Africans? Please explain. Very smart East Asians and East Indians may benefit but they won’t be able to bring in their brothers and sisters or mothers and fathers.

      • Bartek

        “Immigration reform” is a front for 10 million unskilled worker Visas a year.
        Who do you think these will go to?
        A Mexican does not need a Visa.

        • Bossman

          A Mexican does need a visa if he is coming to the USA to work. The government is issuing temporary work visas for agriculture and other low-skilled worker visas right now.

          • Bartek

            Bossman from the alternate reality….
            A Mexican only needs a Visa if they legally want to work in the USA.
            15-30 million Mexicans are in the USA illegally without Visas. Many of them work for cash.
            You do still need a Visa to get on an airplane for an international flight.
            Africans have a hard time floating across the Mediterranean without assistance from foolish Western Coast Guards.
            Africans are the ones who need those unskilled worker Visas to get on the plane to come colonize the USA.

    • emiledurk16

      Dude, We’re on the same side, but I’m not sure about the statement “whites have been irresponsible relative to procreation”.
      It seems to me that whites (we) are more responsible relative to procreation. We think in advance whether we can afford over a certain number of kids. Impulse control. The thinking ahead of the consequences of bangin everything in sight, as fun as that might be, is what separates the men from the boys, or if you will, the whites from the blacks.
      But we have indeed, been irresponsible. We have been irresponsible in allowing the civilization degrading effects of cultural Marxism to infest and contaminate our educational system.
      We have been irresponsible to let racially self deprecating deformities attain such a venomous and detrimental impact on our society that our very existence as a people is jeopardized.
      We have been irresponsible in letting such a virus proliferate that a site such as AMREN is even necessary.
      We have been irresponsible to the point where we’re (not us, here) afraid to fight back lest anyone call us, ooh no!, Aa racists!
      We’ve been irresponsible in that we haven’t said “It doesn’t matter how many kids you produce, you will NOT deplete the white taxpaying class.”
      The time for responsibility is now.

      • Bartek

        Delaying procreation by a generation (waiting until mid 30s) and failing to have at least a replacement number of children (2) isn’t responsible behavior.
        It is genocide by brainwashing.
        Never before has a society enjoyed such security and plenty.
        Few times in history have a people sterilized themselves with such vigor.

        We squandered the security our ancestors fought for just so we could recklessly consume and pamper ourselves.

        Debt, taxes, politics, all become irrelevant when a people fails to maintain their population base.

        • emiledurk16

          “It is genocide by brainwashing”…..that’s a good point….You made me think in a secondary way about this about this…the big picture…my parents only had two kids cause that’s all they could have afforded…they would have thought it was irresponsible to have more kids on my father’s wages (working 2 jobs)…..but then again, they never would have dreamed of the predicament we now find ourselves in…..(insert handshake)

  • emiledurk16

    “Beefed up boarder security”. Don’t make me laugh. How about an immediate refusal to give illegal immigrants tax payer funded, and monthly automatically re-funded EBT cards.
    cards which are used for everything BUT what the damm card was intended for.

    How about stop bending over backwards to print every entitlement form in every conceivable language instead of requiring any recipient of taxpayer largess to,
    God forbid, speak or read the damm language (a least a little) of the country that’s giving you a damm free ride that our parents never had.

    “Badges? We don’t need your stinkin badges.”

  • Hal K

    Are you kidding? Our society is drenched in anti-white political correctness. That is the real cause.

  • Bartek

    Hopefully the UN (lol) troops (lol) will start the bombing campaign in New York, and Washington DC.

  • kenfrombayside

    Only you can stop the Latino invasion. Keep the pressure on your reps in congress. Giving 11 – 30 million (nobody knows for sure) criminal lawbreakers legalization pure insanity. Plus, they could sponsor their relatives; that would bring the total up to about 50 million aliens in our midst. Of course, these new citizens will vote for the vile democrats and their socialist giveaways. Most of them will be unskilled, uneducated, low IQ etc. Stop this outrageous bill now. Don’t sit on the sidelines.You are not wasting your time. The American people don’t want this bill. You have to do all you can do to stem the third world assault:
    – Contact your 2 US Senators and rep in congress.
    – after biz hours, leave a message on your DC rep’s voicemail. All US Senators have multiple offices so it would be a good idea to hit all of the. Remember, be civil and don’t threaten
    – go to NUMBERSUSA then go to the take action button. You will be able to send faxes to your 2 US Senators and congressional for free. (I also gave a $50 donation).
    – use Business Reply envelopes to state your opposition to America’s insane immigration policies and the proposed amnesty. Don’t give the parties any money.
    – join an immigration group like FAIR. Strength thru numbers!
    – go to the RNC & DNC sites to email them.
    – Use the media: call a talk radio program; write a letter to your local paper. If the media outlet is liberal, then talk about economic impact of massive third world immigration.
    – text everybody in your cell phone queue now.

    • serious123

      You really ought to take time to read these articles before you post. You rant about the “vile democrats” when the article is about how the republicans are getting ready to sell us out. Get a life.