Conservative talk radio may not have killed amnesty this time around, but it definitely helped liberals realize they’ve already lost.
On Tuesday, House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., said the following to conservative talk show host Hugh Hewitt:
In my opinion if you, after you have the borders secure and these enforcement mechanisms in place. If you were to do something, I would start first of all with children who were brought here illegally by their parents. They’ve grown up here. They’ve been educated here. They are ready to face the world and they have no documents. I think there’s a more compelling argument to be made for them. But, even for them, I would say that they get a legal status in the United States and not a pathway to citizenship that is created especially for them.
Salon’s Brian Beutler flagged the interview, and in a post titled Immigration reform just got punched in the gut, Beutler wrote, “How likely is immigration reform to become law if the Republican with the most immediate power to shape the legislation opposes citizenship for current immigrants? I’d say not very likely — not without him and the contingent in the party he speaks for getting tossed under the bus.”
I get that it’s difficult for immigration reformers to see and accept the writing on the wall — that reform is likely dead in this Congress. … But pretending this isn’t the case is actually damaging the prospects of reform.
It makes all the tactical and strategic sense in the world to take this out of the confusing arcana of Washington’s intentionally obfuscating procedural maze and put it back into the political realm where it belongs. In other words, stop pretending that the GOP House’s hardening resolve to kill the Senate bill is going to change and take this whole question back to the people looking forward to the 2014 election.
Unfortunately, as The Post’s Sargent writes in a separate item, winning that argument is highly unlikely. Democrats need to pick up 17 seats to take back the House, but there are only eight Republican-held seats that Democrats have a chance of winning that also have Latino populations above 10 percent. Sargent concludes, “If Republicans do kill immigration reform, we may have to wait awhile before we see the electoral consequences of it for the party. We’ll all but certainly have to wait until after 2014.”
When Congress comes back in September, it will be consumed by talk of defunding Obamacare, government shutdowns, and defaulting on the nation’s debt. With only nine working days left in the House before the current government funding authority runs out on September 30th, it is highly unlikely the House will debate, let alone vote on, immigration at all.
Until immigration advocates give up their quest to confer citizenship on millions of individuals who entered the U.S. illegally, amnesty is functionally dead.
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