proof that some republicans are just making things up when it comes to immigration

A year has passed since the Senate passed a broad immigration bill. George and Jeb Bush, as well as John McCain and Lindsay Graham, both in the Senate, back it. Conservative public intellectuals like David Brooks, Grover Norquist, and Karl Rove, as well as the Wall Street Journal, the CATO Institute, and more than 100 conservative economists, also support it. Comprehensive immigration reform is popular enough that it should be a good thing for everyone. Still, House Republicans won’t back it, even though the Senate just passed a bill with support from both parties that many conservatives are happy with.

Why are House Republicans blocking comprehensive immigration reform when there are so many reasons to do so? Many people say that the Senate bill is the same as amnesty and that it won’t make us better off than we are now. They talk a lot about securing the border and getting rid of the 11 million to 12 million “illegal aliens” who live in the U.S.

House Republicans say that the Senate bill is just a violation of the rule of law, which is one of the most important conservative ideas. But House Republicans’ opposition to comprehensive immigration reform has nothing to do with their beliefs.

From the House GOP’s point of view, let’s look at the reasons why they don’t want a broad immigration reform.

They say that the following things are needed to keep law and order. First, the 11 million “illegal aliens” need to leave the country. If the Senate bill is passed and the undocumented are given legal status six months later, it would be the same as giving criminals amnesty for their bad behaviour. Second, legalisation comes with some small requirements. But Republicans in the House say that the $2000 fine set by the Senate bill isn’t enough. Based on what they’ve worked out, it will only cost $7 per month and can be skipped. Third, Republicans in the House also say that making people pay back taxes will be hard to do. Fourth, there is a big hole in the rule for passing the criminal background check. It looks like some “illegal aliens” will be able to get legal status even if they have been convicted of a felony, even if they eventually plead down to a lesser charge.

But here’s the catch: conservative doctrine also calls for a commitment to fiscal responsibility, in addition to putting law and order at the top of the list. The Senate bill will help a lot to meet this need.

First of all, the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) says that the bill will save about $135 billion in the first ten years, which includes the cost of making sure the border is safe. In the next ten years, the bill will also save taxpayers up to an extra $685 billion. Over twenty years, that will save almost $1 trillion ($820 billion). The CBO also says that the Senate bill will cut illegal immigration by at least one-third to one-half in the ten years after it becomes law.

Conservatives who are not in the House support the bill because it is in line with most conservative beliefs.

So, why do so many Republicans in the House oppose the Senate bill’s plan for sweeping changes to immigration?

It’s because the Republicans in the House aren’t really conservative. Instead, they represent people who are afraid of “losing their country” to people from south of the border because they think that’s what’s happening.

White people make up 89% of the Republican Party, and white people make up the majority in 97% of Republican House districts in the 113th Congress. Also, the Tea Party helped 67 Republicans win seats in the House. People who are a big part of the Tea Party are worried that Latino immigrants will take over “their” country. Tea Party groups are sometimes at the front of the fight against comprehensive reform.

There are a lot of nationalists in the House Republican Tea Party Caucus. In fact, the most recent data collected by the Institute for Research and Education on Human Rights (IREHR) shows that about 70% of the anti-immigrant House Immigration Reform Caucus is also in the House Tea Party Caucus.

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