Establishment GOP Tries Amnesty Bill, Gets Gloriously Shot Down by Real Conservatives


Once again, the D.C. establishment — including many Republicans — tried to push through legislation granting amnesty to illegal immigrants Wednesday.

Once again, the effort failed, thanks to 112 GOP House members who rejected Speaker Paul Ryan‘s “compromise” bill.

The legislation would have provided a pathway to citizenship for 1.8 million illegal immigrants — those who were brought into this country as children, the so-called Dreamers.

President Donald Trump indicated Friday that GOP lawmakers were “wasting their time” by trying to pass an immigration bill.

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On Wednesday, however, the president tweeted his support for the compromise bill — called Goodlatte II for its sponsor, Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Virginia).

Trump called the measure “strong but fair,” and it would have provided $25 billion toward his promised wall on the border with Mexico.

His endorsement wasn’t enough to put it over the top, however, as amnesty foes stood together to stop it. The bill was defeated on a 121-301 vote.

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Not a single Democrat voted for the legislation. They’re hoping immigration will be a winning issue for them in the November midterm elections.

The Goodlatte II bill paired amnesty for Dreamers with funding for the wall and other provisions strengthening border security and interior enforcement.

Last week, the House took up Goodlatte I, a more conservative bill that didn’t include the amnesty. It also fell short but by a narrower margin — 193-231.

Both bills would have allowed Dreamers to remain in the country indefinitely with non-immigrant legal status, but they featured different renewal periods (three years under Goodlatte I and six under Goodlatte II).

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) was among the members of the Freedom Caucus who voted against Goodlatte II on Wednesday. He urged the House leadership to get behind the conservative bill.

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We won’t hold our breath waiting for that to happen.

In every campaign year, Republicans across the country declare they’ll be tough on illegal immigration and oppose amnesty, knowing that border security is an issue that resonates with GOP voters.

When they get to Washington, however, many of those same Republicans get sucked into the swamp and cast their lot with the establishment.

Let’s remember their names come Election Day.

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Todd Windsor is a senior story editor at The Western Journal. He has worked as an editor or reporter in news and sports for more than 30 years.
Todd Windsor is a senior story editor at The Western Journal. He was born in Baltimore and grew up in Maryland. He graduated from the University of Miami (he dreams of wearing the turnover chain) and has worked as an editor and reporter in news and sports for more than 30 years. Todd started at The Miami News (defunct) and went on to work at The News & Observer in Raleigh, N.C., the St. Petersburg (now Tampa Bay) Times, The Baltimore Sun and Space News before joining Liftable Media in 2016. He and his beautiful wife have two amazing daughters and a very old Beagle.
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