Illegal Immigration Richard Falknor on 02 Mar 2012 06:32 pm
In a video late this week here “Webcast Singles Out the Enemies of E-Verify”, Numbers USA chief Roy Beck addressed the apparently puzzling opposition of the three top House GOP leaders to mandating that employers use the widely popular e-verify approach (click on the foregoing link to Mark Krikorian).
Chief House e-verify sponsor and judiciary panel chairman Lamar Smith says “E-Verify is a successful program to help ensure that jobs are reserved for citizens and legal workers.”
Beck revealed (go to 24:58 in the webcast) —
“Our intel on the Hill [is] that Republican leaders in Congress right now are working behind the scenes with some of the biggest leaders of the amnesty [bloc] . . . to pass some kind of amnesty this year.”
“[McCarthy] also acknowledged that the party ‘has a long way to go’ if it hopes to attract a respectable share of the Latino vote. One major obstacle has been the state GOP’s hard-line opposition to a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants who have lived and worked in the state for years.”
“‘The party’s going to have to find a way to address this issue,’ he said.”
But NumbersUSA Roy Beck declared —
“What we now know from this story is that Kevin McCarthy, number three Republican in the U. S. House, is part of the pro-amnesty bloc.”
For those souls who understandably hope the House GOP leadership and the conservative base are singing from the same hymnal, we invite their attention to Mr. Herdt’s observation —
“At the same time, McCarthy knows that the party must always address the concerns of its far-right base. In an interview with The New York Times Magazine last year, McCarthy referred to mostly symbolic votes in the House to defund National Public Radio and on various abortion restrictions as exercises in ‘feeding the alligators.’”
No matter which GOP figure gets the nomination for president, conservatives must not lose focus on getting principled GOP leadership in the next Congress.
We must do this to prevent — or reverse — or both — an appalling “transformation” of our Republic.