Posted on November 9, 2020

GOP Establishment Rebuked for Fleeing ‘America First’ with Amnesty Talk

John Binder, Breitbart, November 6, 2020

Immigration reformers are slapping down suggestions by the Republican establishment on finding “common ground” with Democrats over immigration, a veiled suggestion of amnesty for illegal aliens.

While President Trump continues his election challenge to Democrat Joe Biden in numerous swing states, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) is discussing what a Republican-held Senate may do if they keep the United States Senate.

One of those measures noted by Graham, Roll Call reported, is a “common ground” immigration reform, the term often used by establishment Republicans and Democrats to disguise amnesty for 11 to 22 million illegal aliens.

America First conservatives and immigration reformers said Graham’s suggestion of an amnesty after millions of working and middle class Americans showed up to vote for Trump’s economic nationalist agenda — which includes a reduction to overall immigration — is a slap in the face to the party’s new coalition of constituents.

“Graham pledging to work with Democrats on immigration? We know exactly what that means. A mass amnesty bill,” RJ Hauman from the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) told Breitbart News.

“No matter what ends up happening, Trump has forever changed the Republican Party — it is now the party of protecting American workers and secure borders, not amnesty and cheap foreign labor,” Hauman said:


Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) told Breitbart News that “any amnesty ensures Texas and Arizona and Florida will be solid blue and would join southern California as a once red area.”


Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN) said, “There is no common ground between conservative Republicans” and Biden on immigration. Biden’s plan includes amnesty for all illegal aliens, freeing border-crossers into the interior of the U.S., providing free healthcare to illegal aliens, and increasing the flow of foreign visa workers into the U.S. labor market to compete for jobs against Americans.


Lou Murray, a former adviser to Trump’s 2016 campaign and the head of Bostonians Against Sanctuary Cities, told Breitbart News that Graham’s suggestion “is very disturbing on many levels.”

“President Trump and America First were huge winners on Tuesday. That agenda buoyed Graham,” Murray continued. {snip}