Without a doubt, Americans’ broken patience with generations of Republican politicians who broke their promises to halt illegal immigration was the single greatest factor toward Donald Trump’s meteoric rise from reality TV personality to President of the United States … and it still wasn’t enough to wake up the GOP.
Over the past several weeks, it’s been looking more and more like the Republicans are set to repeat the mistakes of the past rather than enact the agenda America voted for in 2016. First the White House proposed a so-called “compromise” on DACA that preemptively surrenders too much ground, then Senate Majority “Leader” Mitch McConnell decided to simply introduce a blank immigration bill to be defined by amendments, with the stunningly bankrupt goal of “whoever gets to 60 [votes] wins.” That has led to a number of truly awful immigration bills being proposed in the Senate this week. Thankfully they’ve all failed so far, but what happens next is anybody’s guess.
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One man in the Senate who’s seeing the issue clearly is Ted Cruz, who stated plainly on “Fox & Friends” this morning that Republicans were breaking their campaign promises on immigration — and unless they shape up soon, they’ll pay dearly at the ballot box.
The Right Scoop has the, er, scoop:
It is a profound mistake for Republicans to be granting amnesty, a path to citizenship, for millions of people here illegally and it’s not being faithful to the promises we made to the voters […]
If you wanted to design in a laboratory legislation to keep millions of conservatives at home, it would be what’s being proposed right now. Let’s go to the left of Obama and give a couple million people citizenship who are here illegally. I think that’s a real mistake […]
We saw this deal in the 80s. The wall won’t happen. Border security is like a promise of paying you Tuesday for a hamburger today.
Cruz went so far as to predict that giving citizenship to millions of illegal immigrants in exchange for border security table scraps would likely lead to Republicans losing their majorities both chambers of Congress in the upcoming midterm elections — and if that happens, there would be nothing to stop the Democrats from trying to impeach Trump.
He also noted that as things currently stand, there’s only one sign of hope: that Democrats may be too blinded by anti-Trump rage to agree to any immigration bill at all, effectively saving Republicans from themselves rather than recognizing what they stand to gain by letting the GOP demoralize its conservative base.
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Cruz is absolutely right about this. It is astounding that the establishment wing of the GOP still doesn’t recognize (or they do, but simply don’t care) that Donald Trump’s election — millions of Americans’ willingness to take a chance on a vulgar, scandal-plagued entertainer with a history of liberal positions — was a statement on how little faith they had in “respectable” Republicans to keep their word, that Trump was still less of a gamble than entrusting their hopes to someone like Marco Rubio or Jeb Bush. If their vote for Trump still doesn’t get them the policies they’ve demanded for decades, it’s hard to see how they could ever put their faith in any politician again — especially one with an R after his or her name.
So where do we go from here? Mark Krikorian has a suggestion for a good start:
Grassley (& White House) DACA bill also fails. Now it's up to the House to pass the Goodlatte bill, and the WH to let DACA lapse. Maybe then Dems will be willing to actually negotiate.
— Mark Krikorian (@MarkSKrikorian) February 15, 2018
From there, our next step has to finally be to replace our feckless leadership in the House and Senate. Too much is at stake to leave America’s future in their hands.