On Wednesday, House Republicans will meet behind closed doors to discuss how the conference should address immigration reform. The editors of the two most influential conservative opinion publications in the nation, National Review‘s Rich Lowry and The Weekly Standard‘s William Kristol, have a simple message for those meeting Wednesday: Kill the Bill. Under a joint by-line in both publications, Kristol and Lowry write:
There is no case for the bill, and certainly no urgency to pass it. … The case against the bill has been as responsible as it has been damning.
The bill’s first fatal deficiency is that it doesn’t solve the illegal-immigration problem. The enforcement provisions are riddled with exceptions, loopholes, and waivers. Every indication is that they are for show and will be disregarded, just as prior notional requirements to build a fence or an entry/exit visa system have been—and just as President Obama has recently announced he’s ignoring aspects of Obamacare that are inconvenient to enforce on schedule. … Marco Rubio says he doesn’t want to have to come back ten years from now and deal with the same illegal-immigration problem. But that’s exactly what the CBO says will happen under his own bill. According to the CBO analysis of the bill, it will reduce illegal immigration by as little as a third or by half at most. By one estimate, this means there will be about 7.5 million illegal immigrants here in ten years. And this is under the implausible assumption that the Obama administration would administer the law as written.
The bill’s changes in legal immigration are just as ill considered. Everyone professes to agree that our system should be tilted toward high-skilled immigration, but the Gang of Eight bill unleashes a flood of additional low-skilled immigration. The last thing low-skilled native and immigrant workers already here should have to deal with is wage-depressing competition from newly arriving workers.
Finally, there is the sheer size of the bill and the hasty manner in which it was amended and passed. Conservatives have eloquently and convincingly made the case against bills like this during the Obama years. Such bills reflect a mistaken belief in central planning and in practice become a stew of deals, payoffs, waivers, and special-interest breaks. Why would House Republicans now sign off on this kind of lawmaking? If you think Obamacare and Dodd-Frank are going swimmingly, you’ll love the Gang of Eight bill. It’s the opposite of conservative reform, which simplifies and limits government, strengthens the rule of law, and empowers citizens.
The left’s game plan
As united as conservatives look on the issue right now, Democrats are still not giving up on Obama’s top second-term agenda item. They are circulating a list of 99 House Republicans that they believe they can flip to their side. The memo does not envision getting any of these Republicans to sign a discharge petition that would force a floor vote on the Senate bill. Instead, the hope seems to be that House Speaker Boehner, R-Ohio, can be pressured into defying his conference and calling up the Senate bill for an up or down vote.
For his part, Boehner insisted again Monday that that option is off the table. “I’ve made it clear and I’ll make it clear again, the House does not intend to take up the Senate bill. The House is going to do its own job in developing an immigration bill.”
Unless something happens tomorrow to change Boehner’s mind, it still appears the Senate bill is dead in the House.
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