Past Features

May 12, 2015

Fear of being called a name
Ira Mehlman -- -- May 11, 2015  
The Winnable Battle Republican Leaders Refuse to Wage on Immigration
    If ever there was an important political battle the Republican leadership couldn't possibly lose, it is the one over defunding President Obama's actions granting roughly 5 million illegal aliens de facto amnesty and work authorization. And yet, they are doing just that.
    Republican leaders are routinely on record denouncing the president's programs as an abuse of executive authority, and a federal judge in Texas issued a temporary injunction as a result of a lawsuit brought by 26 states agrees.
    The American public also wants the president's amnesty programs stopped, for good reason. Millions of illegal aliens would become legally eligible to compete for their jobs, and loopholes in the tax laws would allow Obama amnesty recipients with newly minted Social Security numbers to collect three years' worth of retroactive Earned Income Tax Credit payments.
    Despite having pledged to defund the president's amnesty programs after winning control of both houses of Congress, Republican leaders are now engaged in full-scale preemptive surrender, for fear of media criticism and displeasing the business lobby. Defunding would necessarily entail a partial shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security – sidelining about 15 percent of the agency's personnel who are deemed nonessential. It is a scenario nobody wants, but it's an outcome that would be entirely the responsibility of President Obama and Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.). [...]
    The inescapable conclusion is that this is a battle the Republican leadership wants to lose. They want the outcome --- de facto amnesty (which is supported by the business lobby) --- without having to face the political consequences from their voting base. Thus, they have settled on a strategy of symbolic protest followed by feigned resignation to what they claim were forces beyond their control.