Conservatives are aghast over reports that some “sellout” Senate Republicans have expressed interest in working with their Democrat colleagues to essentially revive the reviled Gang of Eight.
“A bipartisan group of senators want to start formally convening meetings to try to restart immigration reform efforts after the Senate returns to Washington, D.C., from an April break,” The Hill reported Thursday, triggering massive backlash.
The problem, conservatives like Trump administration official Stephen Miller argue, is that to Democrats, “immigration reform” means amnesty and nothing less.
To discuss legislated amnesty (“bipartisan immigration reform” is a legacy media euphemism for making illegals into citizens) in the midst of the worst illegal immigration disaster in world history is genuinely insane. https://t.co/sej9mkmUR4
— Stephen Miller (@StephenM) April 8, 2022
It also means a victory for Democrats.
“A bipartisan immigration deal appears to be congressional Democrats’ best hope of making good on their pledge to reform immigration, after Democrats’ attempts to go it alone as part of a sweeping bill unraveled last year,” The Hill notes.
And just like Republicans handed Democrats a victory with the infrastructure deal last year, it appears some of them are eager to hand them yet another win — a win that some conservatives warn could cost them the midterms.
“If there is one issue that will cause Republican voters to stay at home, it’s a deal on immigration reform,” conservative commentator Matt Vespa notes at Townhall.
Even if the bill is dead on arrival, it still boasts the potential to “depress GOP turnout,” he warns. And for what?
“Wait, Republicans aren’t that dumb, right? Folks, they’re dabbling with this nonsense when they don’t need to, and for what? For what? The Democratic Party has only become more extreme. They can’t do anything on immigration that’s rational because AOC and the pro-illegal alien folks will break out the torches and pitchworks,” Vespa writes.
Meaning sitting down with Democrats is pointless and will most likely backfire on Republicans.
The Senate Republican leading the effort nonetheless is North Carolina Sen. Thom Tillis.
In a statement to The Hill, Tillis said that following the Senate’s recess, he wants to “start some working groups leading up to whenever we can have a [committee] mark up.”
His goal, he said, is for the group to “think big and then from that try to come up with bipartisan consensus.” He added that this consensus will ideally include “immigration, DACA, border security” and “asylum reform.”
News of him palling around with Democrats hasn’t been well-received, with conservative critics calling for any “sellout” Republican who participates in the “bipartisan” talks to be recalled/primaried.
Look (*Language warning):
DACA is a dealbreaker for any immigration bill.
Amnesty never solves a problem. It just creates more.
This won’t win you more Hispanic voters (already has been proven) but y’all at the @SenateGOP are still ignorant as fuck.
— The Scott Perry (R-PA10) Brigade (@J_Ry_Wolfe1999) April 8, 2022
The Republicans should be against anything DC means as “reform” – period.
To engage in these idiotic talks while we’re being mass-invaded is national (and electoral) suicide.
— Seton Motley (@AltAltLeft) April 7, 2022
Just when you think it can’t get worse…these GOP Senators invariably open with surrender on topics like amnesty in these bipartisan gang confabs.https://t.co/dz7RRdkaIk
— Dan Proft (@DanProft) April 8, 2022
This is why Trump was elected! Uniparty members masquerading as @SenateGOP take bait of Dems. Make #WideOpenBorder a major catastrophe so “GOP” will come to table. NO! @NCGOP better reign @SenThomTillis in NOW! #SecureTheBorder #StopDrugTrafficking #StopChildSexTrafficking #Evil
— texasgirl (@1929home) April 8, 2022
No compromise talks. Total and utter resistance and opposition. All other countries talk of closing their borders to illegal migration. Why should America be any diff? Plenty legal ways to enter already exist.
— Frank Miller III (@FrankMillerIII1) April 8, 2022
Message to Senator Tillis: No Bipartisan immigration talks. The Dems own this mess.
— CommonMan (@CommonM24045307) April 8, 2022
Recall anyone who does
— Peter Bartow (@pfbartow) April 8, 2022
Vespa notes at Townhall that in case Republicans foolishly move ahead with these bipartisan talks, they should at the very least set firm guidelines.
“If a pathway to citizenship is mentioned, walk away. If amnesty is mentioned, walk away,” he writes.
But, Vespa adds, since these topics will undoubtedly come up, perhaps Republicans should preemptively walk away.
“Since there is a 2,000% chance that such things will be brought up by Democrats, coupled with the total circus at the southern border right now, it’ll be prudent for the GOP to abort these talks before they ever begin. They’re going to embarrass themselves. We all know what the ending of this horror movie will be,” he writes.
Conservatives say the only acceptable topics of discussion would be border security, deportations, and the wall.
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