Major polls show Americans not onboard with amnesty — Let Dems own it
As Democrats running for office run from the increasingly toxic Obama, Republicans appear to be running headlong into his amnesty embrace.
In this Politico interview, Reince Priebus, Republican National Committee Chairman, claims there is a consensus in the GOP for “serious immigration reform” as he dissects the one-year anniversary of the RNC’s divisive 2012 100-page “autopsy” report“ that said the party “must embrace and champion comprehensive immigration reform.” After all, he says, voters see the GOP as a “scary” group of “stuffy old men” who are “out of touch” with an increasingly diverse country. The only word Priebus omitted from his reckless assessment is “White.”
But Alabama Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions declares embracing amnesty is precisely the wrong approach for the GOP to take after the party got whacked by low-income voters in the 2012 presidential election, and in a country in which two major polls have found that a plurality of Americans are less likely to vote for candidates who support amnesty. (We’ve included links to both the NBC News/Wall St. Journal survey and the ABC News/Washington Post poll. Neither has a conservative perspective.)
“And what did the GOP’s brilliant consultant class conclude from this resounding defeat?” Sessions asks. “They declared that the GOP must embrace amnesty. The Republican National Committee dutifully issued a report calling for a ‘comprehensive immigration reform’ that would inevitably increase the flow of low-skilled immigration, reducing the wages and living standards of the very voters whose trust the GOP had lost.”
Sessions said Republicans, by opposing amnesty, could make a “clean public break from the special-interest immigration lobby” and let “Democrats own — solely, completely, and exclusively — the unwise and unpopular policies they are pushing on these groups’ behalf.”
“Isn’t it time we made President Obama, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, and each of their rank-and-file members defend their near-unanimous embrace of an immigration plan that is so contrary to the wishes and interests of the American people?” Sessions asked.
Take time to read Sen. Sessions well reasoned commentary “Becoming the Party of Work” in National Review.