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July 7, 2013 - 1:03 pm

A Hispanic Republican congressman, Raul Labrador, thinks that if the immigration bill isn’t crafted carefully, it will cost the GOP its base and could lead to the end of the party.

Labrador is a strong proponent of securing the borders, and told Meet the Press that failing to include strong border-enforcement provisions in any immigration reform bill would lead to more illegals coming into the country, which would be a lose-lose situation:

If we do it right I think it’s going to be good for us,” Labrador said on Meet the Press. “But if we don’t do it right what’s going to happen is we’re going to lose our base because we’re still going to have a large number of illegal immigrants coming into the United States, and the Hispanic community is not going to listen to us because they’re going to always listen at this point to the people that are offering more, that are offering a faster pathway to citizenship.

“I think we lose on both grounds if we don’t do it right,” Labrador said.

The Tea Party favorite and former immigration attorney has been a leading advocate for reform, but in early June left a bipartisan House group working on the issue after he said they failed to reach a consensus on how to keep illegal immigrants from receiving government benefits.

Labrador has also been a sharp critic of the Senate passed immigration bill, saying it doesn’t do enough to secure the border and fails to offer enough visas for high-skilled workers to enter the U.S.

Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has said the Senate bill is dead on arrival, waiting instead for a House measure on immigration reform. Boehner though has cautioned that he will not move a bill that lacks the support of a majority of the GOP conference.

Are there 121 Republicans who want to bring immigration reform to the floor? Certainly not to vote on the Senate bill, which contains the poison pill of a path to citizenship. But there appears to be enough Republicans who want to vote on visa reform and a guest worker bill. Both bills will pass by a wide margin, as will legislation that would help secure the border. The question is, will the Senate Democrats deal in a conference committee?

It doesn’t look like it. President Obama made so many promises to Hispanics that anything short of a path to citizenship in a final bill would hurt the Democrats with that ethnic group. So it is likely that Senate Democrats will accept all or nothing and may end up with no immigration reform at all.

Rick Moran is PJ Media's Chicago editor and Blog editor at The American Thinker. He is also host of the"RINO Hour of Power" on Blog Talk Radio. His own blog is Right Wing Nut House.

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It is a huge mistake to conflate "enforcement" with "border security." The border is very important, but it is FAR from the most important aspect of needed enforcement. For instance, the lack of track-&-trace on tourist and student visas and the need for MANDATORY e-Verify (not the vague and vacuous language of the Gang's bill).

Securing the border is a part of the problem, but it won't even be helped by 20,000 more BP agents, the agency itself admits that. It's just spending for the appearance of getting tough. Don't be fooled by empty and costly symbolism!
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how come anyone outside the beltway already knows this, but the gomers inside it do not? most of us have our walking shoes on, waiting for the repubs to commit suicide...
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I totally agree with Ghost of Coolidge. The Senate bill should be trashed. If the House passes some other bill the matter will go to Conference where the result will be amnesty, without doubt
Trashing the Senate bill is not a conservative move. It is a rational move.

Opposed to rationality is an unholy alliance of left and right. The left wants more supporters and the right, as represented by business, wants cheap labor and low wages.
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Rick, if millions of illegal aliens are given legal status again after it worked so well in 1986, it could easily be the end not just of the Republican Party, but of the United States itself. We can't have a system where some people routinely ignore the rules when it's inconvenient and other people bear the cost. What happens if the majority of people decide that it's cheaper to not have car insurance, not pay taxes, and to ignore regulations? Eventually the majority population will decide to quit being chumps. This isn't an all or nothing choice. A person can still pay some income and payroll tax on a part-time paycheck job (thanks ObamaCare) while moonlighting for cash, but the system of progressive income tax and transfer payment implodes if enough people even partially drop out.
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It would appear that both Rubio and Ryan have effectively ruined their respective careers...especially Ryan because he has a much shorter time to try and recover. We will see if he man's up, or if he tries to weasel and lie his way out of supporting this abomination. The same goes for "Old Yellowstain" Boehner if he tries some last minute sleight of hand....insiders are saying Boehner and Ryan were supposed to get this done for Obama. After seeing the damage Ryan has suffered, Boehner will probably leave him hanging out to dry in order to save his own a$$. Typical....we need a few hundred more Ted Cruz's.

Remember BENGHAZI!
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They think the end of the GOP will come years down the road, if immigration reform passes. No, it will come ASAP as two-thirds of the party throw up their hands and say, "Goodbye," long before the 2014 elections. In fact, it is happening already, every time a Rubio or a Lindsey Graham opens his (her?) mouth.
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I'm personally fed up with the Republican party. They mouth conservatism but don't live up to it. I think there is only one thing they'll understand. That is to walk away from them en mass. I've taken steps to change my party affiliation from Rep. to Unaffiliated. I won't vote for a liberal/leftist so the Democrats are dead to me. If a party wants my vote in the future, give me a real conservative candidate. No if's, and's or but's.
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Labrador has it right. The Dems actually have us in a Catch 22 situation. Damned if you do and damned if you don't. When faced with that choice a sensible person takes the path that is the most ethical and causes the least harm. Sorry, Gang of Eight. Your bill doesn't qualify.
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The House would be foolish to even write up their own version of the bill. There is no guarantee that Boehner will not suspend the Hastert Rule, adapt the Senate version in conference, and force and up or down vote on this crap sandwich. Two weeks ago, that was how many GOP insiders expected. In light of what the President has done to ObamaCare implementation, the Republicans in the House would be foolish to even consider drafting their own bill and then reconciling it.

Boehner should send the Senate Bill back to Reid with DOA written on it and then press on with different matters.
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So the "legal" Hispanics in this country support and condone the behavior of the ILLEGALS? What other ethnic group does this? Shame on the "legal" Hispanics if this is true. So Republicans are willing to ignore the law for votes? This is just one of the many reasons I have resigned from the party. The GOP DOES NOT have to join the Democrats in the sewer to survive, but they can't seem to resist the temptation to do so.

Immigration "reform" was passed in 1986. It included amnesty and ENFORCEMENT as well as border SECURITY. Both parties conveniently ignored the second two elements. What evidence is there that they will change their ways this time around?

None..........
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Yes, a Path through the Border and a Path to Citizenship IS the Path to Destruction of the GOP.
I'm out.
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