The Amnesty Threat Level is at Code Red this week.
It was raised again late last week when our Capitol Hill team got word that Reps. Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.), Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.), and Mario Diaz Balart (R-Fla.) are polling their fellow House Republicans to measure support for moving an amnesty bill before the August recess. Reportedly, if they can get enough Republicans on board with their plan, House Leadership will do a formal whip count and move an immigration bill to the floor of the House before the August recess.
This latest development confirms rumors we began hearing a few months ago that the House GOP Leadership might bring an amnesty bill to the floor after the filing deadlines for the 2014 primaries. Now that most of the deadlines have passed, the push for a House-passed amnesty is heating up. Confirmation of these reports came again this morning in a Breitbart News article by Jonathan Strong quoting Rep. Mark Amodei (R-N.V.) describing a "quiet whip effort" underway.
"They started a quiet whip count, trying to gauge what the support was for doing something on immigration within the Republican conference. We want to see where we stand on that whip count because, obviously, the Speaker does not want to get out in front of it and then have the limb sawed off behind him," Amodei said.
Apparently these amnesty Republicans have so little respect for their constituents, especially the unemployed ones, that now that most appear likely to win their elections in November, they feel free to move forward catering to the well-funded lobbyists who are pushing for amnesty and more foreign workers.
This is the biggest threat we have faced this year. Even if the House passes a limited bill, it could be used by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and amnesty champion Sen Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) as a vehicle to tack on the Senate-passed Schumer-Obama amnesty (S. 744). Of course, this bill would have to go back to the House for approval, but with 192 Democrats already signed on to a discharge petition to bring the House version of S. 744 to the floor for a vote, only a handful of Republican votes would be needed for passage.
Your indefatigable efforts all year have created tremendous frustration for Big Business and special interest lobbyists who have been pushing all year for any size amnesty bill they can get to the House floor. Your heroic activism has left their hands hanging out of their well-funded pockets wondering what to do next in order to get their coveted amnesty. Please take a few moments today and place a phone call that can help stop their Secret Summer Amnesty plan before it gets out of the gate. We've done it before and we can do it again.
Find your Congressman's telephone number here.
ANNE MANETAS is the Deputy Director of NumbersUSA
Updated: Mon, Jun 23rd 2014 @ 12:10pm EDT