The immigration debate is a hot topic in political circles. Outside of the mess that Obamacare has become, immigration may be the next big political hot potato. For most Americans, however, immigration is not even a blip on the radar – but you wouldn’t know it from the amount of press coverage the issue gets. Or from the amount of money being poured out by advocacy groups.
It’s gotten to the point where the big money on both sides of the aisle in Washington, D.C. actually favor comprehensive immigration reform.
Don’t believe me? Here’s the leader of the House Republicans telling you that amnesty is coming…
This is not necessarily a good turn of events for the Republican Party, though. The immigration debate pits the GOP establishment against the majority of Republican voters, again. This is a position that many conservatives are becoming all too comfortable with, and eventually this division will begin to cause a rift (if it hasn’t already).
Immigration advocates have noticed the split and are now looking for ways to take advantage of it. To that end, they’ve begun singling out Republican candidates who may be on the verge of siding with immigration advocates due to electoral pressure.
This month, a coalition of immigration advocates, as well as labor and religious groups, inaugurated the “Cost of Inaction,” a voter education and outreach campaign that targets nine House Republicans, Mr. Tipton included, to push for a vote on an immigration overhaul before the end of the year. Though the Senate passed its own broad immigration bill in June with bipartisan support, immigration advocates have become increasingly frustrated with the House, which has made little progress on legislation of its own and is unlikely to take a vote this year.
“We feel that to move them, we have to awaken the electoral vulnerability that Republicans face, both specific Republicans that have large and growing immigrant electorates and also the party as a national party,” said Tom Snyder, the immigration campaign director for the A.F.L.-C.I.O., one of the groups behind the campaign. “It’s very hard to think about them winning a presidential election with an immigrant electorate that’s growing and overwhelmingly hostile to the party.”
My question is this – at what point do we conservatives finally cut ourselves loose of the Republican Party? How many times can they vote against us and still keep our vote?
As the establishment continues to try to force out Tea Party congressmen there will less and less reason for us to support this squishy and moderately liberal Republican Party.
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