In the wake of the GOP's election results, an immigration
enforcement activist maintains that caving to the demands for
amnesty for illegals is not the right course of action for
New Jersey Senator Robert Menendez (D) recently claimed that
President Barack Obama's re-election gives his Democratic Party a
"mandate" to enact legislation giving illegal immigrants a pathway
Meanwhile, two Republicans set to retire from the Senate have
unveiled a plan to provide a way for young people brought into the
country illegally to remain in the United States legally. The
legislation, introduced by Senators Kay Bailey Hutchison of Texas
and Jon Kyl of Arizona, is similar to the DREAM Act, which would
have given young illegal aliens a path to legal status if they
enrolled in college or joined the military.
The Republican bill has been labled by some as
another indication of the GOP's newfound focus on amnesty following
the party's poor showing among Hispanics in the November election.
But William Gheen, president of Americans for Legal Immigration (ALIPAC),
advises the GOP to return to the strategy of 2010.
"In 2010, more candidates than ever who were strong against
illegal immigration won," he recalls. "We need to take that to a
new level in 2014. However, some of the Republican leaders came out
within 48 hours of the election and said We need to pass
amnesty legislation for illegal immigrant invaders."
Gheen asserts that conservatism is not to blame for the GOP
"Eventually the GOP landed on Mitt Romney because everyone had
tried everything to get a real candidate," he offers. "And the fact
is the GOP is not producing truly conservative candidates for
president. If we had had one of those, then we could have beaten
Despite Obama's re-election, the ALIPAC president asserts that
the majority of Americans do not want Congress to pass an amnesty
While many Republican leaders are still licking their wounds
from major defeats in the recent general election, Democrats are
already gearing up for 2014. A former GOP presidential candidate
recalls that the Democrats didn't give up after losses in 2000,
2004 or 2010, and he says the GOP shouldn't either.