We are assured by many sources that amnesty is popular with the American people. The fact is that, at most, immigration is a really low priority for many voters. At least, that is what polls have said not too long ago.
But now we have direct evidence that Democrats and Republicans alike know that voting for “immigration reform” is an unpopular decision.
As the Daily Caller reports,
Sen. Jeff Sessions pressured five Senate Democrats — plus the entire GOP caucus — to symbolically vote late Sept. 18 against President Barack Obama’s plans to grant work permits to millions of illegal immigrants.
“Tonight’s vote proved beyond a shadow of doubt that Democrats are aware of how much Americans are opposed to Obama’s plans,” said a congressional aide.
GOP House and Senate candidates can use the amnesty issue to win in November if they “wake up, smell the Democrats’ fear, and get aggressive and relentless,” the aide said.
The vote, and a series of recent polls, show that “the path to long-term majorities for the GOP … [is] appealing to what’s always been the solid core of America — working Americans,” and not by appealing to Democratic-leaning ethnic subgroups, the aide said.
So here is my question: If “the entire GOP caucus” voted against “immigration reform,” then why do Republicans claim that it is an important issue that we must address in the near future. If they can’t win votes with it then why are they doing it?
The Daily Caller explains that Republican Senators are learning more about what voters’ want:
But Obama’s ace in the hole consists of strong support from business, who want to maximize immigration because it delivers extra workers and customers to their doors. Those business leaders have enormous political, financial and personal influence on the GOP leadership, and have persuaded many GOP legislators that there’s a shortage of workers — despite the nation’s flat wages and high unemployment rolls.
However, that influence is being eroded by the rising awareness among politicians and the public that immigration increases are unpopular. Many Americans still cherish the nation’s history of immigration, but they’re increasingly worried that out-of-control immigration could hurt their jobs and wages or further cripple government.
I have a problem believing that the Republicans have suddenly realized the truth. How could anyone know anything about the economy over the last few years and buy the story that there are not enough workers in this country? If I am right and Republican Senators knew they were dealing in falsehoods from the beginning, then their current change in behavior may not be a real change of heart. It will only be a matter of time when enough of them are not worried about re-election and try to impose “immigration reform” on the American people.
Does that mean, rather than an executive order, that we might see a sudden vote by the lame duck Congress?