Former members of Bush administration push for immigration reform
Republicans are piling on for immigration reform. The latest to put in their uninvited two cents were Carlos Gutierrez and Ari Fleischer, former members of George W. Bush’s administration. Breitbart reports:
Ari Fleischer, George W. Bush's press secretary, declared that "it is high time for the GOP to move forward on immigration reform."
"Immigration isn’t the only issue that Hispanics care about, but a willingness to move forward on reform will be instrumental in letting immigrants know they are important to and welcome in the party," he wrote in the Washington Post. "A compromise needs to be found that respects the rule of law while allowing people who came to the United States seeking opportunity to find it." (snip)
Gutierrez and Fleischer both said Republicans will not win the White House without "immigration reform," even though two recent studies have shown that Republicans can win elections in 2014 and beyond without enacting massive amnesty legislation.
First, if I can veer slightly off course before I get back to Gutierrez and Fleischer...
Just what exactly is “immigration reform,” and why do we need it? As far as I can tell, immigration reform has become a slogan with no compelling mandate. We already have immigration laws on the books. We have a system for people to legally immigrate to the United States. And we have a system, at least in theory, to address those who are here illegally when they are caught.
We don’t need reform. We need to enforce the law.
OK. Now, back to geniuses 1 and 2.
First this comment: It is high time for the GOP to move forward on immigration reform.
Why? Because there’s buzz about the slogan? And why make it sound like the GOP is somehow behind the times and we need to catch up? Fleischer’s statement was foolish and unfounded.
Then this: Immigration isn’t the only issue that Hispanics care about, but a willingness to move forward on reform will be instrumental in letting immigrants know they are important to and welcome in the party.
First, of course immigration isn’t the only issue Hispanics care about. How patronizing to think otherwise.
Second, did it ever occur to anyone that Hispanics who came to this country legally might resent folks spilling over the border illegally just as much as the next guy?
But more than any of that, it is nonsensical to suggest that only with immigration reform will immigrants (code for Hispanics in this case) know they are welcome in the Republican Party. Of course immigrants are welcome. All freedom-loving people are welcome. How dare Fleischer make immigration reform a litmus test for whether the GOP welcomes immigrants? And while we’re on the subject, can we please stop calling illegal invaders immigrants?
Finally, we have the stale argument that Republicans will not win the White House without immigration reform. Not only does this defy studies, but the entire notion was debunked in real life just a few days ago, when Republicans garnered over 40% of the Hispanic vote in both Texas and Georgia.
It is high time for the GOP to move forward, all right. For starters: secure the border!