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Opening Arguments

Amnesty light

The geniuses in the Stupid Party seemed poised to strike again:

The House Republican leadership’s broad framework for overhauling the nation’s immigration laws will call this week for a path to legal status — but not citizenship — for many of the 11 million adult immigrants who are in the country illegally, according to aides who have seen the party’s statement of principles. For immigrants brought to the United States illegally as young children, the Republicans would offer a path to citizenship.

But even before the document is unveiled later, some of the party’s leading strategists and conservative voices are urging that the immigration push be abandoned, or delayed until next year, to avoid an internal party rupture before the midterm elections.

William Kristol says (correctly) that this is "one of the few things that could actually disrupt a strong Republican year" and National Review observes that the last thing the GOP needs is "a brutal intramural fight." Mitt Romney did not lose mostly becasue of an outpoouring of love for President Obama. He lost mostly because so many members of the base stayed home. So naturally the thing to do is to piss off the base even more.

And what the hell is "legal status"? It sounds sort of like citizenship light, a second-class membership in the country. Isn't that un-American? See if you can find anything remotely justifying it in the Constitution.

Dress it up any way you like, it's still amnesty.