In the soul-searching saga that has followed Mitt Romney’s defeat in November, some leading Republicans claim that to stave off political oblivion the GOP must wholeheartedly embrace comprehensive immigration reform including amnesty for those illegal aliens already in the country.
This is wishful thinking, of course. According to various studies including a Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) report, pandering to Latino voters will not gain the Republican Party Hispanic-American votes. Latinos are particularly hard to win over to the Republican side because they tend to be ideologically aligned with big-government solutions traditionally associated with Democrats.
In other words, if conservatives embrace amnesty and all it entails, they get nada. Zero. Zip. The Left wins by getting a huge increase in the left-leaning portion of the electorate.
For liberals, there’s no downside at all. It’s a win-win as the Cloward-Piven Strategy of overwhelming the system is applied to immigration policy.
The National Immigration Forum (NIF), a media-savvy political shop largely underwritten by radical left-wing political manipulator George Soros, is attempting to dupe conservatives into supporting a massive immigration amnesty.
NIF recently distributed to prominent conservatives a leaflet that attempted to link limited-immigration groups such as CIS to “the population-control movement – including pro-abortion and euthanasia advocates.”
On the surface, at least, this makes no sense at all.
NIF gets money from hard-left philanthropies that sit squarely in the abortion-on-demand camp. They include the Ford Foundation ($3,245,000 since 2002), Carnegie Corp. of New York ($3,217,000 since 2000), John S. and James L. Knight Foundation ($1,635,000 since 2005), and the extreme-left Tides Foundation ($282,797 since 1999).
NIF has received more than $5 million from Soros, who is on record as preferring Communist China’s government to our own. It argues that: the U.S.-Mexico border is already as secureas it’s going to get; real conservatives actually support immigration reform; and giving driver’s licenses to illegal aliens is a wonderful idea. Soros supports the group through his Foundation to Promote Open Society ($3,507,152 since 2009) and Open Society Institute ($1,650,000 since 1999).
Clearly the left-wing NIF is trying to drive a wedge between conservative and pro-life groups in order to push amnesty.
Now, to go all-out for amnesty, NIF launched a new coalition-building project, “Bibles, Badges and Business for Immigration Reform” (BBB). BBB is described as “a national network of faith, law enforcement and business leaders working together to educate and support members of Congress.”
This is reminiscent of the “Bootleggers and Baptists” approach to coalition politics in which opposite moral positions are massaged to lead to the same political result.
The conservative movement is far from unanimous on the immigration issue, although conservative support for amnesty tends to be limited to elites such as pro-big business groups like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
Yet the BBB claims “there is a growing and diverse constituency of conservative, moderate and progressive leaders that is determined to go beyond the rhetoric and find common ground for practical solutions.” It says, “[t]hese leaders are coming together across the country to Forge a New Consensus on Immigrants and America.”
Moderates, progressives, and some squishy conservatives may be coming together on the issue, but most conservatives don’t want to have anything to do with proposals that flout the rule of law.
They know that amnesties beget future amnesties.
(crossposted from PJ Tatler)