A note about the political background to all this: This bill is in no small part a reaction to the 2012 election, a product of the media-consultant complex that has convinced Republicans that immigration reform is the key to the Hispanic heart, and that Hispanic votes are the key to winning future presidential elections. Republicans probably are too optimistic about their prospects among Hispanic voters. But it is worth noting that the two sides in this immigration debate are being led by Hispanic Republican senators: Marco Rubio for the Gang of Eight, Ted Cruz for the opposition. One of them, needless to say, is making more sense than the other.
I’d take all of this sudden anti-immigration reform blather from NRO, the mouthpiece of the GOP establishment, better, were it not for the fact that they as an editorial policy have been shrieking for “immigration reform” ever since GWB tried to cram it through in 2007, and discovered he had no political credit at the national ATM.
What sort of “immigration reform bill” did these mokes think they were ever going to get from a combination of Democrats and Ruling Party Republicans? The only thing acceptable to these gangsters is amnesty, so that the Dems can get a vast infusion of potential votes, and the corporate backers of the Gentry GOP can get a vast infusion of low-cost wage slaves subsidized by American workers and taxpayers.