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Hastert Gathers Chicago Republicans To Push Amnesty
« on: April 23, 2014, 11:46:06 AM »
http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/04/22/Hastert-Gathers-Chicago-Republicans-To-Push-Amnesty

 by Matthew Boyle 22 Apr 2014

Former Speaker of the House Denny Hastert, now a K Street lobbyist, is gathering with several Chicago Republicans for a public event aimed at yet again building support in Washington for amnesty, Roll Call reports.

Hastert, now a lobbyist for Dickstein Shapiro, has been pushing comprehensive immigration reform for some time. In a February Politico op-ed, he endorsed the House GOP leadership immigration “principles” writing of illegal aliens that “we should provide them with a path to citizenship.”

Hastert is headlining an Illinois Business Immigration Coalition (IBIC) conference at Chicago’s prestigious Chicago Club on Tuesday. IBIC is billing the event as a “roundtable before hundreds of immigrant business and technology company leaders to support common sense immigration reform.”

Hastert served for eight years from the late 1990s until the mid-2000s as Speaker of the U.S. House while representing Illinois’ 14th Congressional District as a Republican. When he resigned from Congress, a Democrat—Rep. Bill Foster (D-IL), who served from 2008 until early 2011 before being elected again later in a different seat in which he currently serves—won his congressional district.

Roll Call’s Matt Fuller reports that Reps. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) and Aaron Schock (R-IL) will deliver video testimonials in support of amnesty for the event.

Other high-profile Chicago Republicans who will join Hastert’s and IBIC’s push for amnesty on Tuesday include former Illinois governors Jim Edgar and James Thompson and state comptroller Judy Baar Topinka.

Two high-profile current elected GOP figures from Illinois are notably absent from the lineup as reported now: U.S. Mark Kirk (R-IL) and Rep. Peter Roskam (R-IL)—the number four, as Chief Deputy Whip, in the current House GOP leadership team.

The event is being pushed by business interests in Illinois, notably billionaire Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s political advocacy firm FWD.us, various Chamber of Commerce chapters, Caterpillar CEO Doug Oberhelman and energy company Exelon chairman John Rowe—who is infamous in anti-amnesty circles for attacking American workers in a February 2013 Chicago television interview.

“Most of these jobs are in places where the existing unemployed either are unable to compete for them or don’t want to compete for them,” Rowe said then. “We need to find other ways to deal with that problem.”

When Republicans had rejected amnesty yet again last October, despite his donations to pro-amnesty GOP members of Congress like Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), House Budget Committee chairman Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Rep. Schock of Illinois. "It's absolutely frustrating. It's terribly concerning,” Rowe said of the conservative opposition to amnesty.

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Re: Hastert Gathers Chicago Republicans To Push Amnesty
« Reply #1 on: April 23, 2014, 12:03:25 PM »
immigration reform - comprehensive reform - is coming down the pike whether republicans/conservatives like it or not, and they have two choices:  (a) continue to stonewall themselves into irrelevance by denying themselves the opportunity to have any sort of a say in what that reform looks like, or (b) take control of that reform by taking people like Hastert up on their challenge, agreeing to the basic premises of immigration reform, and making sure to strategically choose their battles so that the worst of the proposed reforms - like citizenship for grown adults who knowingly entered illegally - can be blocked while the better of the proposed reforms - like better information gathering and tracking systems - are enacted.

In other words, republicans/conservatives can either get immigration reform done, or they can get done by immigration reform; it all depends on whether they ultimately prefer reality in all its messiness to the sterile cleanliness of ideological purity.

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Re: Hastert Gathers Chicago Republicans To Push Amnesty
« Reply #2 on: April 23, 2014, 10:18:16 PM »
Oceander wrote:
[[ In other words, republicans/conservatives can either get immigration reform done, or they can get done by immigration reform ]]

No matter what the final "immigration reform" package looks like, it's going to "do in" Republicans.

Pick any choice -- you still lose.

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Re: Hastert Gathers Chicago Republicans To Push Amnesty
« Reply #3 on: April 23, 2014, 11:33:15 PM »
There ain't no such animal as a "Chicago Republican". 

There are lots of Stealth Democrats....

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Re: Hastert Gathers Chicago Republicans To Push Amnesty
« Reply #4 on: April 24, 2014, 12:17:34 AM »
There ain't no such animal as a "Chicago Republican". 

There are lots of Stealth Democrats....

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There has to be at least one?
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Re: Hastert Gathers Chicago Republicans To Push Amnesty
« Reply #5 on: April 24, 2014, 09:14:51 AM »
immigration reform - comprehensive reform - is coming down the pike whether republicans/conservatives like it or not, and they have two choices:  (a) continue to stonewall themselves into irrelevance by denying themselves the opportunity to have any sort of a say in what that reform looks like, or (b) take control of that reform by taking people like Hastert up on their challenge, agreeing to the basic premises of immigration reform, and making sure to strategically choose their battles so that the worst of the proposed reforms - like citizenship for grown adults who knowingly entered illegally - can be blocked while the better of the proposed reforms - like better information gathering and tracking systems - are enacted.

In other words, republicans/conservatives can either get immigration reform done, or they can get done by immigration reform; it all depends on whether they ultimately prefer reality in all its messiness to the sterile cleanliness of ideological purity.

Amnesty and the resulting destruction of America probably are an inevitable reality.  Conservatives can join and betray the Republic, its sovereignty and support amnesty and later watch on the sidelines and feign hollow outrage when none of their "obtained concessions" are enforced.   Alternatively, they can fight for the rule of law and American culture until the bitter end with their heads and hearts held high.  They can prostrate themselves before Globalists and large corporations who throw them their thirty pieces of silver (like Hastert) or they can tenaciously fight like statesmen (Sessions).  They can support slave labor wages for the global corporations or continue to fight for the wages and rights of American citizens.  For real Conservatives, the choice is easy.

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Re: Hastert Gathers Chicago Republicans To Push Amnesty
« Reply #6 on: April 25, 2014, 12:54:36 AM »
Quite a pretty speech.  Reminds me of the parade of horribles the Supreme Court came up with to justify its Dred Scott decision.  I'm curious though:  are you aware of the irony in the fact that you sound exactly like a hard-core union progressive?

I was thinking the same thing!  It was like reading a much more refined version of what union leaders say.  Trumka would be proud to make that speech!
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