John Hawkins has done it again. He has scored an interview with Mark Krikorian of the Center for Immigration Studies. Krikorian frequently testifies before Congress and has published articles in The Washington Post, The New York Times, Commentary, National Review, just to name a few.He has appeared on 60 Minutes, Nightline, the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, CNN, National Public Radio and many other television and radio programs.
In this interview Mark gives his insight into the Gang of Eight Immigration bill and explains why it isn’t what it is cooked up to be:
Mark Krikorian from National Review and the Center for Immigration Studies is one of the smartest, most trustworthy people on the Right when it comes to illegal immigration. I interviewed him about the immigration bill that’s making its way through the Senate now.
Here are a few excerpts from the interview.
On whether the bill will pass.
“But it seems to me that’s the thing. In a sense, the whole thing comes down to whether Boehner is willing to destroy the Republican Party or not. It’s kind of melodramatic, but the future of the Republic rests on him.”
On whether putting illegal immigrants on a path to citizenship benefits America.
“There is no way that the claims people make about the benefits of increasing low-skilled immigration can be true. Nobody would be saying, ‘Let’s close some high schools because we want to have more people with only a sixth grade education. That really benefits America.'”
On Marco Rubio.
“Part of the problem is that Rubio has a lot of credibility with Conservatives because he was willing to stand up to stand up to the Republican establishment initially until he became part of it.”
On the discretion the Obama Administration has under the bill.
“It’s not too much of an exaggeration to say that this 1,000 page Bill after all of the amendments could be boiled down to ‘we trust you Obama just do the right thing.'”
On putting already deported illegal immigrants on the path to citizenship.
“If you were deported after December of 2011 or any time during this year before the Bill was signed, you get to come back if you have relatives here and get your Green Card. Basically it’s United States Government saying, ‘We apologize for enforcing our own immigration laws. Here let’s make it up to you with a work authorization.'”
On how Republicans will suffer politically with Hispanics if they sign this bill.
“The final point on this is that the specifics of the Bill guarantee that Republicans aren’t going to get more Hispanic voters because of the various requirements in this Bill. The legalized illegal immigrants have to wait 10 years before they get Green Cards. Now they’re amnestied right away and they’re working and they get a social security account and driver’s license and all that. But Green Cards, which would give them access to welfare and citizenship and other things — that’s postponed for 10 years. Well, guess who’s going to be blamed for it as soon as the ink is dry on this legislation? I guarantee you Obama’s campaign has already got the material put together to demagogue this issue saying, “The Republican’s imposed this second class Jim Crow status on you. Vote for us and we will set you free!” It will be a disaster. Republicans in 2016, if they pass this bill, will wish that they got Romney’s 27%.”
This is just a sampling–read the entire interview at Right Wing News by clicking here.