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Rubio's Amnesty: A Path to Oblivion for the GOP

By Ann Coulter · Jan. 31, 2013

Apart from finding out that Barack Obama did far worse in his re-election than nearly any other incumbent who won re-election, the only thing that perked me up after Nov. 6 was coming across a Time magazine published after the 2004 election, when George W. Bush won a second term.

In the mirror image of all the 2012 post-election analyses, the Democrats were said to be finished, out of ideas, hopelessly unpopular. It’s like watching MSNBC, with the word “Democrats” replaced with “Republicans.”

Democrats had thrown everything they had into beating Bush, crushing the Howard Dean wing of their party and running a moderate – a Vietnam veteran, no less! They had George Soros, Michael Moore and Code Pink working like fiends to topple Bush.

Still, they lost to an incumbent. As Time noted, the Democrats had “lost five of the past seven presidential elections.”

But the pendulum swings. The Democrats came roaring back in 2006 and again in 2008. There’s no reason Republicans can’t do the same, unburdened by having to run against an incumbent in 2016.

Unless Marco Rubio has his way.

The Democrats never change their ideas; they change the voters. For decades, Democrats have been working feverishly to create more Democrats by encouraging divorce (another Democratic voter!), illegitimacy (another Democratic voter!) and Third World immigration (another Democratic voter!).

Strangely, some Republicans seem determined to create more Democratic voters, too. That will be the primary result of Sen. Marco Rubio’s amnesty plan.

IT’S NOT AMNESTY! Rubio’s proponents cry. They seem to think they can bully Republicans the way the Democrats do, by controlling the language.

Rubio’s bill is nothing but amnesty. It isn’t even “amnesty thinly disguised as border enforcement.” This is a wolf in wolf’s clothing.

Despite all the blather about how Rubio demands “Enforcement First!” the very first thing his proposal does is make illegal aliens legal. (Don’t call them “illegal aliens”!)

The ability to live and work legally in America is the most valuable commodity in the world; it’s the Hope Diamond of the universe. I know young, well-educated Canadians who waited a decade for that privilege.

Step One of Marco Rubio’s plan is: Grant illegal aliens the right to live and work in America legally. (Rubio’s first move in poker: Fold.)

People who have broken our laws will thus leap ahead of millions of foreigners dying to immigrate here, but – unwilling to enter illegally – waiting patiently in their own countries.

The only thing the newly legalized illegal immigrants won’t get immediately is citizenship. Rubio claims that under his plan, they won’t be able to vote or go on welfare. But in practice, they’ll have to wait only until the ACLU finds a judge to say otherwise.

Even under Rubio’s scheme, all the children born to the 11 million newly legalized illegals will be instant citizens, able to collect welfare for their whole families and vote as soon as they are old enough.

Which won’t be long: The vast majority of illegal aliens are Hispanic, and Hispanics have a higher teen birthrate than any other ethnic group. In California, a majority of all Hispanic births are illegitimate. That’s a lot of Democratic voters coming.

And look how great that’s turned out! With Hispanics on track to become the largest ethnic group in California this year, the state that gave us Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan is incapable of electing any Republican statewide anymore. Taxes keep going up, and there’s no one left to pay the bill.

That will be our entire country if Republicans fall for Rubio’s phony “Enforcement First!” plan. Perplexingly, some Republicans seem determined to turn the whole nation into California, in the foolish hope of winning one last election.

No border can be secure when the pot of gold on the other side is an American green card. (Again playing games with language, Rubio doesn’t call the right to legally live and work here a “green card,” but in practical effect, that’s what it is.)

So when exactly does the enforcement part of Rubio’s “Enforcement First!” plan kick in? Answer: Never.

Or rather, enforcement becomes both impossible – because nothing will stop them if legalization is the lure – and irrelevant – because there’s no penalty for leaving the border wide open.

Even if enforcement “fails,” are the 11 million illegals already legalized by Rubio going to be asked to leave? Of course not.

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is a Republican who – as a Princeton and Harvard Law graduate – does not yearn for “strange new respect” from the elites. This week, he said of Rubio’s amnesty plan: “To allow those who came here illegally to be placed on such a path is both inconsistent with rule of law and profoundly unfair to the millions of legal immigrants who waited years, if not decades, to come to America legally.”

If only other Republicans didn’t ride the tea party to victory before realizing they really just want to be John McCain.



fred in oregon said:

after reading these 3 comments, i can add only this: i want to meet Ann.

Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 9:21 AM

RedBaker in Florida said:

We need a website, covering every city and county, which publishes the names of employers of illegal aliens. It ought to use maps to illustrate. It would work as a news site, asking for ordinary citizens to report the news of illegal activity of businesses (news cannot be held as libel). It would ask consumers to boycott those who employ illegals. When the jobs dry up, the illegal aliens will go home. That will open up 7 million jobs for Americans. The unemployment rate will quickly drop to 3%.

Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 1:05 PM

ToddMac in The Great Northwest replied:

TJS- great idea, but you'd be immediately labeled racist against the poor oppressed illegal aliens escaping the drug war and oppressive economy in their own country (read Mexico) that just wanted to come to Los Estados Unidos to make a better life for themselves. Remember that comment that Romney made about illegals? That they were self-deporting? He was then just chastised for being insensitive to their plight. We need to face facts. Caucasian conservatives have lost their political mojo. Hispanics don't like us because we want to secure the border and deport illegals and Black folks have long-since forgotten that it was Republicans that ended slavery more than a century and a half ago. Their thinking is-"What have you done for me lately?" Well, Democrats buy their votes with ever-expanding welfare and social programs, none of which assist those good citizens in becoming self-reliant, only in staying in thrall to their Democratic paymasters. How can we top free money? Rubio wants to reward illegals with eventual citizenship. He's just trying to one-up the Democrats, because at the rate the Hispanic population is growing in places like California, Hispanic voters easily outnumber Blacks, and their votes for conservative candidates may be our only hope to counter what Obama's regime is now doing to Los Estados Unidos. Yeah, that means The United States...guess we'd all better get the Spanish Rosetta Stone program. We all know Ms. Coulter is brilliant, that's why liberals are afraid of her, but clinging to the old ideas of 'deport 'em all' is an even surer path to oblivion for the Grand Old Party than what Rubio espouses.

Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 1:57 PM

Rod in USA replied:

We also need one that advertises which companies gave more to democrats or supported liberal (commie) ideals. I would boycott those companies. Hit them where they live - no need to picket them.

Friday, February 1, 2013 at 1:38 PM

jksisco in irvine, ca said:

I didn't leave the Republican party, the party left me, to parphrase Ronald Reagan. After the debacle in November, I had to reevaluate my allegiance to the GOP. Why is it the Democrats stay on message in words and deeds (which are continually shown to be functionally wrong), but, the GOP can't, and almost like magic , are ruthlessly out manuevered. Hey GOP, quit compromising, stand by your principles(if you still have any) and call those Marxists out.

Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 1:30 PM

Joe in Texas said:

Let's not forget that Ann has a major crush on Gov Christie and called Romney the most conservative candidate in the field during the Republican primaries.

My meaning is that, I don't read her stuff and automatically take her word for it. I haven't read enough about the proposed legislation (since the bill hasn't even been written yet) to make a good judgement.

What I do know is that even if the GOP writes a bill, and it passes with Obama's signature, Latinos will not automatically start voting Republican. It isn't about who grants them amnesty first. It's about the Dems continuously promising welfare handouts. When the illegals become citizens with a GOP bill, the Dems will register them all to vote and promise govt welfare. That's the end game.

Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 1:36 PM

Tex Horn in Texas said:

Viva Señor Cruz!

Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 3:56 PM

Chuck in North Georgia Mountains said:

I have one argument with this column. Rubio's first move in poker is to go all in and then fold.

Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 4:57 PM

Hank in Texas said:

Why have conservative pundits lost faith in their arguments? They act like the dust bin of history is the future of the Repub party. Why? Why is it that our great conservative writers can't sell better arguments? Of course most of those great conservative writers did all they could to see that the Repubs nominated a candidate 2/3 of the party did not support. Limited government, individual freedom, and traditional values has helped more people pull out of poverty than any other political/economic/cultural system, and has seen greater creation of wealth and opportunity. Our competition - collectivism - has proven not to work over and over. And our writers say we have no chance? We need new writers..

Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 8:37 PM

M Rick Timms MD in Georgia said:

I could support a "plea bargain" plan that requires individual registration, fines and back taxes - After the border is effectively closed,, meaning less than 100 attempted illegal border crossings. We must make it understood that attempts to cross will be unsuccessful.

Only then, those that want to accept a plea bargain, admitting that they have broken our laws, can register in a 90 day period. After that, anyone here without having registered will be fingerprinted and deported, and never allowed to re-apply. Carrot and a Stick..

We have to deal with the illegals here, but only after the leaking border is sealed. And it must be individual registration.. no declaration of legality for all as Schumer suggests..

I remain very suspicious of the details -- but it can be made to work if the Republicans have any balls at all.

It must be an individual application for plea bargain during a limited registration time period, after the border is effectively closed. After that 90 day time is up - anyone here not registered is likely to be a criminal, or a militant reconquista who will not comply anyway. In time they will be found and deported without hesitation. Face it folks we have to do something, and we are not calling the shots anymore,,, this will work if done right.

Friday, February 1, 2013 at 2:33 AM

Tod the tool guy in brooklyn ny said:

The jobs report komes out tomorrow, and folks r askin' ---"What JOBS?" There might be more jobs in Mexico, anyway, so stay there!

Friday, February 1, 2013 at 6:35 AM

Tony in Texas said:

We're in this mess because we didn't enforce the laws we had on the books to start with.

Friday, February 1, 2013 at 9:30 AM