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Roy Beck at NumbersUSA reports on the latest signal from Speaker John Boehner from Beck's email message yesterday:
In hiring a McCain open-borders expert, Boehner shows his commitment to forcing American workers to compete with millions more foreign workers
Our concern is with Speaker Boehner. After months of saying that he has no interest in anything like the Senate's S. 744 bill, why has he hired as his chief immigration aide somebody whose career is based on pushing bills like S. 744?
This is what I have been telling the media about what the new hire means:
It shows that Speaker Boehner remains committed to the corporate lobbies' quest for more foreign workers to hold down the wages of their American workers. His new hire has done almost nothing the last decade except work for giant increases in foreign labor. But Boehner still has to persuade at least 118 Republican House Members that their constituents would be okay with an expansion of immigration during the seventh year of high unemployment.
More at the NumbersUSA blog here.
Phyllis Schlafly’s most recent column here explains why this is not only bad short-term policy, it is also bad long-term for conservatives trying to strengthen the GOP from within by restoring core conservative values:
Looking at the political motivation of the groups pushing higher immigration and amnesty, it’s obvious that the Democrats promote large-scale immigration because it produces more Democratic votes. But why are some prominent Republicans pushing amnesty?
The pro-amnesty gleefully reported on October 26 the front-page news that big-business leaders and Republican big donors are gearing up for a “lobbying blitz,” backed up by money threats, to get Congress to pass amnesty. Big business wants amnesty in order to get more cheap labor and keep wages forever low, and that is a gross betrayal of the legal immigrants who hope to rise into the middle class and achieve the American dream.
The big donors poured $400,000,000 into the campaigns of losing establishment-backed Republican candidates in 2012. They would rather elect Democrats than conservative, social-issue, Tea Party-type, grassroots Republicans who don’t take orders from the establishment.
If the Republican Party is to remain nationally competitive, it must defeat amnesty in every form. Rep. Raul Labrador (R-ID), summed it up: “I think it would be crazy for the House Republican Leadership to enter into negotiations with Obama on immigration, and I’m a proponent of immigration reform. He’s trying to destroy the Republican Party, and I think that anything that we do right now with the president on immigration will be with that same goal in mind, which is to destroy the Republican Party and not to get good policy.”
Time to call Speaker Boehner. Again. And send postcards to his Ohio office (shorter security delay):
Speaker Boehner’s details:
Butler County Office PH (513) 779-5400
Miami County Office PH (937) 339-1524
Clark County Office PH (937) 322-1120
PH (202) 225-6205
FAX (202) 225-0704
And his mailbox:
Speaker John Boehner
7969 Cincinnati-Dayton Road, Suite B
West Chester, OH 45069