Amnesty Tide Shifting In Washington
And Politico also played up a theme pushed all week by our very own Rosemary Jenks (who has been quoted more than 200 times this week) that not all Democrats are on board with offering an amnesty to the nation's 11 million illegal aliens.
They believe the Republican Party needs to moderate its harsh rhetoric about immigrants -- if only to salvage its political future -- and are welcoming the GOP's new realism.
But is that enthusiasm causing media organizations to overestimate the prospects for reform?
Some of this started yesterday when CNN commentator and Newsweek Washington Bureau Chief Howard Kurtz called out the media for its slanted coverage of the immigration proposals. In his column, he wrote that the "mainstream media are rooting for immigration reform" and cautioned them on their optimism.
Today's more cautious coverage from the media could be a reaction to comments made yesterday by Sen. Chuck Schumer. During a press conference with fellow Gang Member Dick Durbin and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Schumer said: "We are not using border security as a block to a path to citizenship." This is the same Chuck Schumer who helped strip the enforcement "triggers" out of the 1986 amnesty bill. And he was making it clear that the benefits of amnesty will not be delayed by any enforcement triggers this time either.
Seems as though Sen. Marco Rubio, who's been leading the GOP effort for the Gang of Eight, has some decisions to make. After all, he said on the Senate floor on Tuesday: "If it is certified that the enforcement mechanisms [including securing the border] are in place and have happened--that is critical--then and only then do we then move to phase 2 [a pathway to citizenship]."
Will Rubio simply ignore Sen. Schumer's statement? Will he demand that Sen. Schumer clarify what he said? Or will he simply pull out of the Gang of Eight almost ensuring that the amnesty proposal collapses?
In the meantime, we need to keep the pressure on Congress. . . .
We've still got a long way to go in this fight. But if you followed the reporting from earlier this week, you would think a mass amnesty was inevitable this year. Your phone calls, however, have truly helped shift the tide!
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