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First things . . . Richard Falknor on 10 Jul 2013 01:40 pm

UPDATED! National Turning Points? Today’s House GOP Amnesty “Listening Session”

UPDATE JULY 10! Politico has (click here) troubling news about the House GOP leadership  from this afternoon’s “Listening Session.” Jake Sherman and Seung Min Kim and John Bresnahan in their “GOP reaching out to Dems on immigration” make these points – –
  • “The House Republican leadership is reaching out to top House Democrats to assess their support for a piecemeal approach to immigration reform, according to sources involved in the discussions”
  • Moving legislation before the August recess is now almost completely out of the question — lawmakers are going to have to spend the month at home, with immigration lingering. These contacts are in the early stages, but the discussions are aimed at running up big bipartisan majorities for a series of GOP-authored bills, that could counter the bipartisan Senate bill. In short, Democrats would smooth the prospects for passage.”
  • “Those talks with Democrats weren’t the focus of a closed-door GOP immigration strategy meeting, which took place Wednesday in the Capitol basement. In that meeting, leadership and bold-faced Republican lawmakers tried to explain that something needs to happen — and soon.”
  • “More than Cantor and perhaps even Boehner, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) is someone who is catching Republicans’ eyes. The 2012 vice presidential nominee and House Budget Committee chair, who has been quietly meeting for months on immigration reform, took to the microphone at Wednesday’s meeting, saying that the GOP needs to tackle immigration — and now. Immigrants, he said, are important to the country’s economic vitality.” (Highlighting Forum’s throughout.)

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National Turning Points? Today’s House GOP Amnesty “Listening Session”

Today the House Republican Conference is meeting to hold what is loosely termed a “listening session” on immigration reform — which in Beltway newspeak means amnesty and all the cession of legislative powers to the executive which may accompany such a package.

This meeting may be a significant  test of strength between the House GOP Leadership and House GOP conservatives on whether the House  should try to approve any such legislation in this Congress.

Politico’s Jake Sherman and Carrie Budoff Brown (click here) yesterday reported–

The self-discovery process for House Republicans on Wednesday is expected to stretch for hours. It will include a presentation from GOP leadership, Homeland Security Committee Chairman Mike McCaul of Texas and Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte of Virginia. Then lawmakers will be given the floor.” (Highlighting Forum’s)

 According to the The Hill’s Russell Berman (click here) today–

“House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) told Republicans in a memo last week that immigration bills could come to the floor before the August recess. (Highlighting Forum’s)

Yesterday Daniel Horowitz of The Madison Project posted A Guide to Wednesday’s [Today’s] Immigration Conference Meeting (click here). 

Marylander Horowitz reports–

“On Wednesday, House Republicans will finally confront leadership on the issue of immigration.  In reality, the issue is not too complicated.
There is an enormous bifurcation between the public and the political class over the issue of amnesty.  Following passage of the amnesty bill in the Senate, the political class in both parties thinks this is the most pressing issue for the House to consider before the August recess.  Senate GOP leadership is working overtime to beg House members to send something over to conference.  The public, on the other hand, couldn’t care less about the issue, and in fact, is against amnesty.  Moreover, they are distracted with the scandals, Egypt in turmoil, and summer vacations.  As such, there is no reason the House should take up immigration legislation before August.
Nonetheless, the forces at be that have the ear of GOP leadership are working indefatigably to pass some form of amnesty.” (Highlighting Forum’s)

Counsels Horowitz–

“Conservatives need to unite behind one cogent message – no legal status for anyone here illegally unless Obama begins enforcing the laws on the books and until the magnets are eliminated.  They must also agree to vote down any immigration bill that is brought to the floor unless there is an iron-clad agreement from leadership not to go to conference with the Senate.  If they want to deal with immigration, they should do so in the September budget battle and attach conditions to funding for the DHS.
Then we can get back to dealing with the things that people outside of DC are actually concerned with; namely, Obamacare and a rogue administration.” (Highlighting Forum’s)

To identify some key players and understand the plays, read Horowitz’ entire Guide here.

What Congressional GOP Figures Can You Trust?

Redstate chief Erick Erickson told us last month about some GOP and red state Democratic forked tongues on immigration in his post The Stories They Told (click here)

“Republicans (and red state Democrats) used to tell voters amazing things about their opposition to amnesty. Then they got elected and supported legislation that actually weakens border security and puts people on a path not just to legalization, but to citizenship, before ever securing our borders.”

See Erickson’s 15 Senate GOP dissemblers here.

Erickson’s account of these GOP senators should make us very wary of immigration promises coming from the House GOP Leadership.

Who Will Save Our Republic From the Giant Amnesty Package?

Only grass-roots conservatives individually — as well as through Tea Parties and immigration-restriction groups — can ward off the blow. They must lean on House GOP members with civility — but firmly and constantly — not only in Washington, D. C., but in their districts between now and August.

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