Yesterday, House Speaker John Boehner said that it was time for immigration to be dealt with using a "comprehensive approach". Speaker Boehner isn't the only outspoken conservative now calling for an amnesty for 12 million illegal aliens. Pundits including television and radio personality Sean Hannity, tax guru Grover Norquist and many others are making similar statements. But several GOP Members of Congress and other conservatives are calling out Speaker Boehner for his statements.
Louisiana Congressman John Fleming called out Speaker Boehner on Thursday during an interview with the Daily Caller.
I'm concerned that Speaker Boehner is getting ahead of House Republicans when he commits to getting a 'comprehensive approach' to immigration taken care of 'once and for all.'
There's been zero discussion of this issue within the conference, and I'm urging the Speaker to talk with House Republicans before making pledges on the national news. The first thing we need is for President Obama to finally enforce current immigration law and strengthen our borders. To take up any other agenda is bad policy for the American people and bad politics for Republicans. The Speaker needs to pull back on this issue and stop negotiating in public.
-- Rep. John Fleming
Fleming was joined by Senator and fellow Louisianian David Vitter. Vitter said that the Republican party "should remember" that in 2007 a mass amnesty bill generated so much grassroots opposition that it caused the bill to die.
Conservative radio personality Rush Limbaugh also expressed strong opposition to a mass amnesty bill during his program on Thursday.
If it were true that the primary reason that people (illegal immigrants) were coming here is to work, then the Democrat Party would be the ones building the fence on the border.
Why do you think the Democrats welcome them? Why do you think the Democrats want amnesty? They know that they've got them as voters.
The only way you can say the Republicans are not inclusive is because the Republicans are not willing to ignore the law. But it is a feint. It is a head fake. It's a trick.
-- Rush Limbaugh
Author, journalist, and blogger Mickey Kaus, who usually identifies himself with the Democratic party and ran against California Senator Barbara Boxer in the Democratic primary in 2010, also criticized the GOP Leadership's call for mass amnesty.
Maybe these people are convinced the larger GOP project can be saved simply by caving on just this one issue. That seems cracked. The bulk of the Hispanic electorate appears to instinctively vote Democratic, and not just because of immigration. . .
The larger point is that "Comprehensive Immigration Reform"–which is supposed to be a simultaneous combination of an amnesty plus enforcement measures–is a terrible idea. ... The result will be (as in 1986) a new wave of illegal immigrants, largely unskilled, who will bid down the wages of the Americans and legal immigrants at the bottom of the labor market. These workers are the people most hurt by the big economic changes of the last few decades. If you want any American to be able to make a decent wage–even if they didn’t go to college–as long as they are willing to work full time, it's a disaster.
-- Mickey Kaus