Tea Party Leader Says Now Is Time to Fix Immigration System

Stephen Dinan, Washington Times, May 14, 2014

One of the original organizers of the tea party movement said Wednesday that the time has come for conservatives to agree to tackle the immigration issue, adding fuel to the push for Republicans to agree to a bill this year.

Sal Russo, who co-founded the Tea Party Express in 2009 and remains the group’s chief strategist, said he didn’t want to dictate the outlines of a deal and didn’t embrace a specific type of legalization, but said it’s time for conservatives to gain a voice in the debate.

“Today, a lot of conservatives, when they hear immigration reform, what they really hear is amnesty. And that vocabulary needs to change. It’s in our interest to change the broken immigration system,” he told reporters in a call arranged by other conservative advocates who back legalizing illegal immigrants.

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“A number of Republicans are realizing that blocking immigration reform is not a good idea,” he said at a gathering with law enforcement groups that also want Congress to pass a legalization bill.

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Immigrant rights advocates say Republicans are increasingly isolated on the issue. They point to business groups, religious organizations and some social conservative advocacy groups that are demanding action.

Mr. Russo’s push adds at least some segment of the tea party movement to that group.

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Mr. Russo said the immigration issue won’t rate high in tea party endorsements. He said he expects groups to focus instead on core economic issues.

The Partnership for a New American Economy, which helped organize Mr. Russo’s announcement, said polling data showed that a majority of voters who sympathize with the tea party would be open to granting legal status to illegal immigrants, with strict conditions attached.

Still, the poll found those tea party voters place immigration last on a list of six issues that are critical to their votes for Congress this year. Government spending and debt remained at the top.

[Editor’s Note: In an op-ed for Roll Call, Mr. Russo announced his support for amnesty.]

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  • WR_the_realist

    The anti-amnesty Republicans are isolated from whom? The plutocracy? The mass media? La Raza? Yes. From the public? No.

    • Tracy William

      Thats condemning you’re children and grand children to hell on earth. Law enforcement groups that advocate this are nothing more then enforcers of White genocide.

  • The Tea Party supporting amnesty is just ridiculous. Tea Party is officially dead, I think.

    • Sal Russo has been mouthing off about amnesty for awhile.

      He is way outside the TPM mainstream on this issue.

      • Pro_Whitey

        I realize you like the decentralization of the TPM, but this is a great example of why it leads to some tool proclaiming himself spokesman for the movement and trying to mislead it and America. As I understand it, TEA stands for Taxed Enough Already. Any basic tax and budgetary analysis will show that adding immigrants blows holes in federal, state, and local budgets, and there’s ultimately only one way to fill such holes, which is raising taxes. Anyone proclaiming himself part of the TPM while advocating amnesty is a fraud.

        • OTOH, with it being decentralized, the Russo type charlatans aren’t leading the whole thing. Yes, it’s a two-edged sword.

          I can tell you this much, though. There either better be a revolt within the Tea Party Express to throw him out, or feet don’t fail everyone now as they make their way out the door. We already have a political party whose voting base, while they’re mostly on the right side of the national question in instinct, haven’t shown the gumption to punish traitors.

        • DonReynolds

          Money buys lots of things. Apparently, money can get the Sierra Club to stop talking about population pressure being a major source of pollution. A little more money and you can have fringe elements of the Tea Party look the other way on what illegal aliens cost state, local and Federal budgets.

    • Marc Zuckurburg

      Not dead.

      I’m buying it out.

      • DonReynolds

        Everybody is not for sale. Maybe you don’t know that yet.

    • Anon

      What you think is the Tea Party never existed…much like the conservative cause never existed.
      To put it in specific, policy oriented terms, Reagan invented amnesty.
      The opposite of liberal is not conservative. It’s white nationalist.

    • TruthBeTold

      Watch for Tea Party members to abandon a now sinking ship.

    • rasher223

      Perhaps top officials are saying they plan on passing it “later” or “soon” to stall the Obama administration until election season.

      Because if the GOP gets house and senate then Obama can’t do anything for the rest of his term. His term is officially over at that point because he won’t be able to do anything without control of both houses.

      Maybe boehner is just saying he’s going to pass amnesty to make them think he will and wait until election season.

      This election season will determine whether or not amnesty gets passed. If GOP doesn’t win house or senate, then they’ll have no choice but to pass amnesty.

      I’m just theorycrafting here. Maybe they’re not traitors or RINO’s. Always a possibility.

  • JSS

    “A number of Republicans are realizing that blocking immigration reform is not a good idea,” he said at a gathering with law enforcement groups that also want Congress to pass a legalization bill.

    Well here we have kosher conservatism at it’s finest. Legalizing invaders is not “reform” thats surrender and capitulation. Thats condemning you’re children and grand children to hell on earth. Law enforcement groups that advocate this are nothing more then enforcers of White genocide.

    “Still, the poll found those tea party voters place immigration last on a list of six issues that are critical to their votes for Congress this year. Government spending and debt remained at the top”.

    As if the economic decline of Amurrika and our fiat debt system aren’t linked with our open borders. What a bunch of utter nonsense.

    • DonReynolds

      Of course, no one noticed that illegal aliens are party the cause of government spending and debt.

  • RealisticGuy

    Once again teaching us that democracy doesn’t work. This man, the Republicans, the Democrats, they have no place in deciding the laws of this country; they are all of them unfit.

  • MekongDelta69

    I too want ‘immigration reform’ – It’s called “Operation Wetback” (for those of you who remember Ike’s deportation plan – which worked).

  • Mary

    The Tea Party may have been founded on noble principles, but it sounds like some of its leaders are as stupid as the Democrats claim they are. I could not possibly be any more disgusted with these reckless, short-sighted people.

    • trouble maker

      I have never seen the real Tea Party Members do anything reckless ,however whenever any political organization becomes large in stature or a threat to the status Quo then there may be an attempt to corrupt it for personal gain. The Sierra club use to be a good deed organization but is now just a weapon for businesses to use against their competitors , an example being natural gas versus crude oil .

      • SentryattheGate

        The Sierra Club basically split in two, several years ago. over the immigration issue; about half of the members left, saying ‘how can we pretend to be protecting the environment when the Club won’t speak out about the millions of immigrants pouring in, legal or illegal’!

        • Alexandra1973

          In short, half of them had some sense.

          Frosty Wooldridge over at newswithviews dot com has a column, he talks about that a lot…you want to get rid of L.A. traffic jams? Stop importing these guys.

          • SentryattheGate

            Thanks for reminding me of Frosty, forgot him for years. I’ll look him up! If the rest of the world would drastically lower their birthrates, they’d be in better shape, but no, they’ll just overpopulate and take our place! India has almost 1/4 of world pop. and lately many are immigrating here!!! Amren had an article lately citing UN population predictions; Africa will have ~10 times their current pop.within a few decades! Nigeria and China are predicted to soon be the source of most US immigration! They should not be rewarded for overpopulating, by being given other people’s territory!

          • Sick of it

            People watching the borders have seen more Chinese and Indians crossing illegally than Mexicans.

          • mobilebay

            Please do check out Frosty Wooldridge. I’m a member of his cheering section. If there is anyone who knows just what illegal immigration is doing to this country, he does. The post above yours was correct. He writes about once a week on newswithviews.com. Everyone in this country should read his work.

          • Ace

            >> They should not be rewarded for overpopulating, by being given other people’s territory! <<

            Excellent!

          • SentryattheGate

            If we were animals, we Caucasians and our “habitat” would be protected as endangered species!

  • Marc Zuckurburg

    Good, he got my check.

    • Garrett Brown

      lmao

  • SMK

    Since the “tea party” is basically an economistic-libertarian movement, it’s unsurprising that their leaders would support amnesty. I smell the influence of Dick Armey, Grover Norguist, the Koch brother, et. al.

    • Norquist moderated this panel where this announcement was made.

    • DonReynolds

      the same Dick Armey of Freedomworks infamy…..another Judas goat.

  • D.B. Cooper

    Isn’t there an actual term to describe how a few very well paid Coca-Cola employees are ordered to get entry level jobs at Pepsi in order to undermine the competition?
    The same thing goes with McDonalds versus Burger King, etc.

  • Dave4088

    The Tea Party has officially been co-opted in case anyone was wondering and most TP “leaders” are indistinguishable from Rino Republicans except for some hair splitting on the debt ceiling.

    • Sick of it

      I was skeptical of the official Tea Party Express from the beginning.

  • If “conservatives” keep this up, I will be voting for Hillary in 2016.

    • Ahnenerbe

      I vote for military coup, nothing else

    • dd121

      Aren’t you afraid her blood clot will break loose?

    • Pro_Whitey

      And I think I’ll be with you. Maybe the dain bramage will turn her around on immigration and she’ll start enforcing the law.

    • So CAL Snowman

      Stop voting it just encourages them.

      • No thanks. Even if I hate all the candidates, there are always some I hate more than others, and there are also reliably some state or local ballot initiatives that infuriate me.

        • DonReynolds

          I have found Michael that Americans seldom vote FOR anybody…. they just vote AGAINST the other SOB.

          • You understand Coloradans – at least – perfectly.

          • Sick of it

            Sadly true and one of the reasons our country is going kaput. The lesser of two evils, get the other guy out mentality isn’t working.

    • IstvanIN

      From her appearance Hillary may not be above ground too much longer. Yes, I know, ever the optimist.

      • Just long enough to deny Jeb Bush the Oval Office is fine with me.

      • dd121

        She’s aged exponentially in the last 10 years. You may be right.

        • I actually had a stroke a few weeks before my 40th birthday, eight years ago, the result of a severe concussion nine months earlier. You would never have guessed during our hike in Palmer Park. I still can’t run. I’ve been “geared down” a bit, that’s all.

    • Laura Dilworth

      me too

  • David Ashton

    See my impertinent Limey suggestion (above) on a Majority First movement to replace the Tea Party.

  • TruthBeTold

    Someone drank the Kool-aid.

    • DonReynolds

      I checked. There is quite a bit of Kool-aid missing from the pitcher.

  • trouble maker

    If anyone thinks there is a problem with the Tea Party then they should join it and try to improve it as it is still the best vehicle out there for bringing conservatives together.

  • Anon

    The GOP is doing what it has always done….attempted to sell white people on white values as if white values can be separated somehow from white people. They quite literally are a one issue party…..an anti-white party.
    They are the collective punishment of white people for stabbing the Ku Klux Klan in the back.
    Once upon a time, the strongest political party in this nation was unapologetically pro-white and vigilant against the problems manifest today. Instead of supporting them, white people viciously attacked them and destroyed them for little more reason than they wanted an excuse to somehow be “holier than thou”.
    Tea Party? New boss, same as the old boss.

  • jeffaral

    Kosher Christian Conservatives at it again, working hard as ever to destroy Western civilisation. The same thing happened in South Africa.

  • Puggg

    I looked up Sal Russo on Google images.

    I could swear that he once knocked on my parents’ front door when I was a kid wanting to sell them an off brand vacuum cleaner.

    • BTDT, twice! Rainbow is a better product than Kirby.

      • Stan D Mute

        Filter Queen is better than Rainbow. It’s supposed to be a vacuum cleaner – not a bong!

        • The water trap method is actually good engineering. Giving a very well-made conventional vacuum cleaner more suction and finer filters certainly means one gets finer particles up, but it also means that one is constantly changing filters.

  • No compromise. Give me liberty or give me death. But don’t give me 100 million stupid Mexican parasites. Go have another glass of tea, you Tea Party dummy.

  • JohnEngelman

    I expect this from the Chamber of Commerce, but not the Tea Party.

    • 1G25

      The Tea Party Express is just one of several “Tea Party” groups, while the actual “Tea Party” is everybody concerned with lower taxes & smaller and less corrupted government.

      • JohnEngelman

        I will trust the integrity of Tea Party Activists as soon as they demand cuts in government spending programs that benefit them, like Social Security and Medicare.

        This is the message of the Tea Party: cut my taxes; don’t cut my benefits; balance the budget.

        One can win elections with a message like that. One cannot run the country that way.

        • 1G25

          Cut military retirement and VA services, too, huh ?

          FYI, I started paying into Social Security at age 15, in 1957… 57 years of “contributions.” I still work at age 72, and I STILL pay in about $5,800 per year to Social Security.

          Plus, my Social Security receipts are TAXED as ordinary income.

          Plus, the goddamned IRS and SS administration collude to determine that, since I still work, my SS is cut further, by about $260/month due to “means adjustment.”

          “Means adjustment.” That means it’s not fair for me to receive much SS since I still work.

          I earned mine, what’s left of it. When you’ve earned yours, get back with us on your theories.
          .

          • JohnEngelman

            I am not advocating these cuts. What I am saying is that it is not possible to make significant reductions in government spending without making them.

          • 1G25

            “I will trust the integrity of Tea Party Activists as soon as they demand cuts in government spending programs that benefit them, like Social Security and Medicare.”

            Yes, you DID advocate making “these” cuts.

            And it IS possible to reduce government spending by cutting welfare to the absolute bone.

            An “entitlement” if properly defined as something someone earned, like military retirement or SS (not that goddamned “disability ” scam) , but the criminals in Washington have twisted the language to include massive lifestyle-enhancing payments to the scum, the dross, of America, whose votes they buy with our tax money.

            Half of this country lives off the sweat of the other half. Let that half sink or swim, like they had to in earlier years, like I and most other Americans had to.

        • What?

          That’s precisely what they shouldn’t be doing.

          Go the other way. Promise to bring the size and spending of governments in reasonable bounds, but not so little as to threaten the programs that benefit people that are part of the historic American nation.

          The legion of people with lots of integrity and ideological consistency but no power is massive.

          • JohnEngelman

            It is not possible to make significant cuts in domestic spending programs without cutting or eliminating programs that most Republican voters will insist on keeping. These will include Social Security and Medicare, military pensions, and farm and business subsidies.

            This is the reason why Ronald Reagan’s “supply side economic” policies were intrinsically fraudulent, and why Republican economic policies and recommendations have been fraudulent ever since.

        • I would support cuts in Social Security just as soon as our forced contributions to this Ponzi scam are also cut. Strangely, extortion was only illegal when I did it.

  • 1. I think establishment Republicans were just as much a part of IRSgate as the Democrats. They both have an incentive to weaken the TPM.

    2. I don’t think the IRS boggling down the TPM in 2012 changed the outcome of any Presidential politics that year. I don’t think it helped Mitt Romney win the nomination, because the anybody-but-Romney movement was badly divided and sometimes focused on the anti-Romney flavor of the day. And it did not hurt Romney in November, because the TPM was never hot for him to begin with, and Romney had plenty of money on his own. His not winning in November was entirely on him.

    • KonservativeKonfederateKarl

      QD,
      1. I hope investigations into the IRS scandal disprove your suspicions that establishment Republicans were involved, but you’re right; there would’ve been motivations for their complicity.
      2. The IRS interference with the TPM certainly may have effected the 2012 election by keeping the TPM in limbo over 501-(c)-4 status and thereby hindering its coordination. Romney may still have emerged as the GOP candidate and ultimate loser of the presidential election, but TEA Party pressure on him to be more forcefully conservative couldn’t have hurt his campaign.
      3. Even if the sabotage by the IRS didn’t effect the outcome in 2012, it certainly can account for having let a lot of air out of the TEA Party balloon. But for the obstacles imposed by the IRS, the TPM might be a much better focused, more unified and alluring force today. And I’d like to think it will patently reject any immigration reform until existing laws are faithfully enforced and the southern border is absolutely secure.

  • Hal K

    This is another example of how elites are politically to the left of ordinary people. It is a serious problem. The higher you are, the more you have to lose, and the greater the pressure is to give in to anti-white political correctness.

    • Sick of it

      The more you have to gain as well, since you have the power to, eventually, take everything which belongs to other people.

      • Hal K

        Yes, but most implicitly pro-white elites (including mainstream conservative pundits) do not appear to have thought it through to that extent. They can’t seem to get past the mainstream conservative narrative in which all racial problems are the fault of liberals.

  • kenfrombayside

    Ain’t going to give the express any more money. 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.
    IF YOU DO OR SAY NOTHING, YOU ARE PART OF THE PROBLEM….

    • DonReynolds

      The 1986 Amnesty was supposedly for ONLY one million illegal aliens, but after chain immigration and family unification kicked in, it became 4 million. So, that is the rough rule of thumb……for every million they admit to…..4 times as many will actually receive Amnesty.

  • DonReynolds

    The TEA PARTY has never been opposed to Amnesty in the first place, so this is not news. They have gone for years ducking the question altogether. Kinda like the Sierra Club. They were not willing to challenge the establishment on this one.

  • Stan D Mute

    Somebody paid this traitor off.

    • That was quick.

      From what I gather, Russo got so much flack in the last 24 hours that he had to say I’m sorry I promise to behave. Probably a combination of people quitting the TPE and people wanting their donations back.

      That’s what you get for being buddies with Grover Norquist and believing everything he tells you.

      And that’s how it’s done. Our side needs to do a lot more of it. Next opportunity is June 10, both Eric Cantor and Bob Goodlatte have primary challengers.

  • jayvbellis

    Who is he? Where does he live? Where does he hang out? Where does he play golf? Who does he sleep with?

    Knowledge is power.

    We need to get this info…

    Traitors need to be outed, punished.

  • rasher223

    Perhaps top officials are saying they plan on passing it “later” or “soon” to stall the Obama administration until election season.

    Because if the GOP gets house and senate then Obama can’t do anything for the rest of his term. His term is officially over at that point because he won’t be able to do anything without control of both houses.

    Maybe boehner is just saying he’s going to pass amnesty to make them think he will and wait until election season.

    This election season will determine whether or not amnesty gets passed. If GOP doesn’t win house or senate, then they’ll have no choice but to pass amnesty.

    I’m just theorycrafting here. Maybe they’re not traitors or RINO’s. Always a possibility

  • Sick of it

    “Sal Russo, who co-founded the Tea Party Express in 2009”

    I seem to recall us protesting for years before this joker showed up.

  • Sick of it

    The ancient Greeks would agree.

  • scutum

    This particular Tea Party Group was co-opted by the Republican establishment a long time ago. I used to contrbute to them but now confine my contributions to the Tea Party Patriots.

  • mobilebay

    Immigration reform? Do you mean surrender, Mr. Russo? I think not. I don’t think the rest of the tea party is ready to knuckle under and, like the politicians, say “they’re here, we can’t do anything about it? Si, se Puede! We can send them home just like Eisenhower did. Guess what? This country survived and prospered without them until the pols found out how profitable illegal immigration is and they’ve been trying ever since to turn us into the next third world!

  • “’Today, a lot of conservatives, when they hear immigration reform, what they really hear is amnesty. And that vocabulary needs to change. It’s in our interest to change the broken immigration system,’ he told reporters in a call arranged by other conservative advocates who back legalizing illegal immigrants.

    Legalization of invaders is not amnesty?

    “Mr. Russo said the immigration issue won’t rate high in tea party endorsements. He said he expects groups to focus instead on core economic issues.”

    Being invaded by tens of millions of the third-world uneducated unemployed is not a core economic issue?

    “polling data showed that a majority of voters who sympathize with the tea party would be open to granting legal status to illegal immigrants, with strict conditions attached.”

    Even when strict conditions will obviously go unenforced?

  • jayvbellis

    Great work everyone who made this bought and sold traitor, walk back, back down. We can do this, we must do this, we will do this.

  • SoCal88

    U.S. companies have a huge need for low paid workers who will actually show up for really crappy jobs, put in a day’s work, and not steal them blind. The best candidates are from dirt poor villages in South America and some Asian countries. Some of these are great workers, and many are useless scum who just want to come up here and live off the stupid U.S. taxpayer. Most U.S. ghetto dwellers are worse than useless – the very definition of hard core unemployable. The U.S. born and raised offspring of these immigrants are also useless, so business needs a steady and very large influx of good workers from dirt poor villages and don’t care about the consequences. What’s the solution? Hell if I know…