Taking Shape Now: Another Piece-by-Piece Betrayal of America by the Republican Leadership
How To Tell If Boehner’s Immigration Plan Is Amnesty
Thursday, January 16, 2014
Depending on which publication you read, Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) will soon release either “a blueprint that will detail positions on everything” about immigration, or a “broad, nebulous” set of principles designed to be “intentionally squishy, giving lawmakers lots of room to maneuver.”
We’re talking about the House Republican leadership here, so the smart money is on “squishy.”
But, even if Boehner’s principles are nebulous, there still should be enough in them to determine if the plan can be called “amnesty” or not.
In the interest of fairness I apply the same definition of amnesty to both Democratic and Republican plans on immigration, and here is what I wrote about President Obama’s illegal and unilateral mini-amnesty announced June 15, 2012:
And that is the lie at the core of every amnesty. The randomly chosen date that divides non-citizens who will be rewarded for illegally entering the United States from those who didn’t illegally enter the United States soon enough. There simply is no moral or logical reason to reward the first group and punish the second. The moral and emotional case for granting citizenship to those in the country now is just as strong today as it will be for those who enter the country tomorrow.