TheTeaParty.net supports immigration reform, secretly met with Jeb Bush (Herman Cain, Home Depot, Teaparty Express, TPNN)
Over three years ago I asked if the Teaparty movement will stumble us into amnesty, and before then I pointed out that supporters of amnesty include those in the Teaparty sphere.
[Those at the meeting included] representatives from TheTeaParty.Net, Tea Party Express, The Tea Party News Network, Revive America and others on April 11, POLITICO has learned. Members of former Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain's staff and Home Depot co-founder Bernie Marcus's staff were also present...
...TheTeaParty.Net is leading a coalition of groups on the issue. It supports immigration reform but has not endorsed the Gang of Eight bill. Instead, it has drafted a document called "Secure America Now," which includes seven principles crucial for members of the tea party on immigration, including calls for "assimilation" programs and tougher border enforcement.
Niger Innis, the chief strategist of the group, said the discussion with Bush helped the group in drafting the document, which he has since shared with Sens. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) and Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas), among others.
"The purpose of the meeting was to bring the tea party movement into the discussion of immigration," Innis said. "We knew the immigration issue was coming fast down the track and we knew we didn't want to be in complete opposition.
"From a policy point of view, it was important for us to come up with a set of principles we were for … to let people know that we falsely get labeled as a party of ‘no,'" he added.
...Following the meeting in Florida, some of the same tea party leaders were invited by Rubio for a discussion on the Gang of Eight bill in his Capitol Hill office. Although there was no major agreement, those in attendance said Rubio reassured them about the process by promising to be available to continue the discussion and that the final product would end up more conservative than the Gang of Eight's proposal.
"We got the meeting because [Rubio] was intrigued we wanted to be engaged in the discussion at all," Innis said. "But having met with Gov. Jeb Bush was the cherry on top of the ice cream."
1. Obviously, anyone who refers to meeting with Jeb Bush and his son as a good thing is either being extremely diplomatic or isn't on the right side of immigration. George W Bush greatly harmed the U.S. with his support for illegal immigration, now Jeb and George P. are trying to finish the job. If I were ever able to meet with Jeb Bush, my goal would be to discredit his ideas. Niger Innis did the opposite.
2. While the Tea Party Express claims they don't have a position on amnesty, their leader fully supports it.
3. There's an organization called "Secure America Now", but they aren't associated with the document mentioned above. A search for that document came up empty, but if anyone can find it please leave it in comments and I'll show how it would harm the U.S.
4. While TheTeaParty.net will claim they don't support amnesty, that's because they're playing word games just like Rubio and John McCain. See reform not amnesty for the details. TheTeaParty.net does support legalizing the great majority of illegal aliens in the U.S. The Democratic Party would then change future laws to put those legalized former illegal aliens on the "path to citizenship". In other words, what the Democrats want and what TheTeaParty.net supports would end up being the same thing: the great majority of current illegal aliens would eventually become citizens (and the bulk of those would vote for Democrats).
5. Expect TheTeaParty.net to take issue with the Politico article, and expect that to be done in their own special way such as by calling Politico "Communists" as they did before (no, really). Don't be fooled: see an example of the word games they played here.
6. The pro-American alternative to mass legalization is attrition, aka "self-deport". See that link for the details.
7. If you want to do something about this, look up any supporters of @TheTeaParty_net or @TeaPartyExpress and direct them to this page.