Republicans are in a difficult spot with regard to the issue of immigration.
If the issue remains unresolved, Democrats can continue using it as a cudgel against Republicans. Those racist Republicans are being mean-spirited and just want to exploit Mexicans as low wage labor for their business buddies, the Dems will say.
With their sycophantic news media stooges backing them up, the Democrats will brand the Republicans as cold-hearted, lacking in compassion and refusing to allow illegal aliens to "come out of the shadows" (a favorite phrase of the lefties).
But if Congress does pass an immigration bill and the president signs it, it will open the floodgates to family members, relatives and friends of illegals already here, increase the non-English speaking population, and definitely pad the Democrat voting rolls.
Furthermore, the already considerable burdens on hospitals, schools and social service programs will be increased. And it is highly doubtful border security will be improved.
Dems will promise: Let's take care of those who need a path to citizenship first, then we'll beef up border security. Sort of like, let's raise taxes, then we will cut spending. It just never happens.
Who knows how many million illegals were here legally and just never left after their visas expired? Who knows how many will be here just for a few years, to earn some money, send it back to family members, then return to their homeland? One thing that definitely is true: Not nearly as many Mexicans are entering our nation illegally now since our economy is in rough shape and work isn't as easy to find as it was 5-10 years ago. There seems to be a fake sense of urgency about this whole matter. I fear the same mentality that brought about Obamacare may prevail here: "Oh, what a mess! WE'VE GOT TO DO SOMETHING!" The problem is, just doing SOMETHING often worsens matters considerably.
Republicans ought to be highly wary about this latest amnesty bill. When John McCain and Lindsay Graham are in cohoots with the likes of Chuck Schumer and Dick Durban, watch out. Nothing good usually comes from these harebrained alliances. If Republicans are stupid enough to think they will gain hispanic votes by supporting an amnesty bill; if they actually think they will get credit, then they deserve to be put out of power for a generation.
The GOP has done many stupid and foolish things, so it would not surprise me if they would go along with this latest misguided legislation. Well, at least the Republican senators. But the House is a different matter. I believe this legislation, which has the brain-dead mainstream media practically orgasmic, will fail in the House. For one thing, this nation is drowning in red ink, and an amnesty bill would simply pour gasoline on the insane deficit spending. Just what we need.
It will be interesting to see if labor unions, traditionally supporters of all things liberal, will oppose the president on this issue since legalizing millions of Mexicans will drive down wages and increase competition for jobs. This is one of those wedge issues the Democrts increasingly see these days. (The environmentalists vs. the trade unions is another one, as in the case of the Keystone pipeline).
Of late the administration seems to be operating like a no-huddle offense, trying to keep the Republicans off guard, back on their heels and out of breath. It is going to be a difficult four years, but if things go as I hope, the Democrats will overplay their hand and public opinion will turn against them.