Opponents of the Schumer-Rubio immigration reform bill could have delayed a vote on final passage of the legislation until late today if they wanted. But since everyone knew the outcome was predetermined, Republicans agreed to allow a vote yesterday afternoon, thus allowing senators and staff to get an early jump on the July 4th recess.
In the end, just 68 Senators, including 14 Republicans, voted for the bill, two votes short of the 70-vote goal amnesty proponents had set for themselves earlier this month. That 68 total is higher than the 62 votes a similar amnesty bill won in the Senate in 2006 before it later died in the House. There is little reason to believe this time will be any different.
“The House is not going to take up and vote on whatever the Senate passes,” House Speaker John Boehner said Thursday. “We’re going to do our own bill, through regular order, and it’ll be legislation that reflects the will of our [GOP] majority and the will of the American people.”
In other words, don’t expect any immigration votes on the House floor any time soon. And if a floor vote does ever happen, don’t expect it to grant citizenship to illegal immigrants, either. “For any legislation — including a conference report — to pass the House, it’s going to have to be a bill that has the support of a majority of our members,” Boehner said.
The biggest problem facing amnesty advocates now is that there is simply no mechanism or outside force pressing the House to act in any way. Unlike the debt limit that will come due this fall, or the fiscal cliff that forced a House vote on taxes this January, there is no real policy consequence if the House chooses to do nothing.
True, a less than ideal status quo will continue, but the American people really don’t seem to care. Just look at this compilation of polls on American policy priorities. Immigration always finishes at or near the bottom of every issue list, if it appears at all. The vast majority of Americans simply don’t care about immigration as an issue.
As the Washington Examiner‘s David Drucker tweeted yesterday, “If Senate bill supporters want House 2 feel pressure on #immigration, find a poll that shows voters prioritizing issue. So far, they don’t.”
Even worse for amnesty advocates, there simply is no evidence that voting for amnesty will benefit Republicans at all. In fact, as Real Clear Politics‘ Sean Trende reminds us, if anything, the evidence goes the other way.
In 1988, Vice President George H.W. Bush ran for president just two years after his administration signed the 1986 amnesty bill. “The result?” Trende writes, “He lost the Hispanic vote by 39 points, while winning nationally by eight. This is still the worst GOP showing among Hispanics relative to the national vote since the 1970s.”
So what can Republicans do to do better among Hispanics? Trende writes, “At the end of the day, Hispanics tend to vote more Democratic than whites because they tend to be poorer than whites … ultimately the GOP doesn’t need more Republican Hispanics so much as it needs more middle-class Hispanics (which should happen, as time progresses).”
Of course the only thing that would decrease the percentage of Hispanics who are in the middle-class would be to vastly increase the number of poor Hispanics imported to the country each year. Which is, of course, exactly what the Schumer-Rubio bill does.
From The Washington Examiner
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