Members of the Republican National Committee waded publicly into the immigration policy debate today, a rare acknowledgement that a consequential glob of the Republican base has revolted against President Bush's influence on the party's immigration platform.Of course, every time that Bush, Chertoff or other administration hacks promote Bush's amnesty scheme they say they oppose amnesty, so the only thing that means is that they're still lying to everyone. No word on whether the Bush-backed scheme includes a "guest" worker plan.
But the author of a resolution that rejected Bush's preference for a legal framework to deal with the millions of undocumented workers living in the U.S. withdrew the measure right before a vote.
Randy Pullen, a RNC member from Arizona, said it was clear that his resolution would fail and he did not want to "put people on the record" against the wishes of the majority of the party.
Still, he said, "it shows we could have a discussion like this."
A different immigration measure, pulled together with the support of the White House, passed overwhelmingly. It included strong language endorsing tougher border security and rejected -- though it did not define -- amnesty for undocumented workers...
Immigration · Fri, 01/20/2006 - 14:07 · Importance: 1