When House Speaker Boehner defined amnesty to the Cincinnati Enquirer on Monday, he made it clear that he is a whole-hearted advocate of amnesty.
We at NumbersUSA have been suggesting for a few years now that Boehner is fully committed to rewarding not only millions of illegal aliens but also the businesses who broke the law to entice them here. Now, with the release of his "principles" in January and his statement this week, he has fully confirmed our warning.
Here's what the Enquirer wrote about its interview with the Speaker:
Boehner fired back at some conservatives who have likened the GOP principles to amnesty. The GOP leadership’s outline called for granting legal status – but not citizenship – to many immigrants who are currently living in the U.S. illegally under certain conditions. Those include admitting their immigration violation, passing background checks, paying fines and back taxes.
“Some want to call it amnesty,” Boehner said. “I reject that premise ... If you come in and plead guilty and pay a fine, that’s not amnesty.”
Only people who are absolutely committed to another mass amnesty talk like that.
I'm not nearly so bothered by Boehner's attempt to totally redefine "amnesty" as I am by the fact that it doesn't seem strange to him that he is proposing that the penalty for breaking immigration laws should not include leaving the country.
Under Boehner's logic, I should be able to steal his car and then get to keep it as long as I admit that I did something wrong and pay a fine.
The purpose of laws against car-stealing is to prevent the stealing of cars. And if you steal one, you can't keep it.
The purpose of immigration restrictions is to prevent the stealing of U.S. residency and jobs. Our law says if you do, you can't keep them.
Something like 45 million foreign citizens enter our country LEGALLY each year as visitors of some type.
Mr. Boehner seems to be perfectly happy for any of them to steal both residency and jobs, and keep them -- as long as they admit they did something wrong and pay a fine!
Nobody with any kind of love for the rule of law and American workers would talk like he does.
Roy Beck is Founder & President of NumbersUSA
Updated: Tue, Mar 4th 2014 @ 5:49pm EST