The Washington Post
Out of touch on immigration
Regarding the May 22 news article “Inaction spurs 20 in GOP to take stand on immigration”:
The discharge petition signers — and their allies in leadership positions and the media — represent the elite consensus that favors the status quo: weak enforcement, mass amnesty and more illegal immigration. They reject the E-Verify and chain-migration reforms that benefit legal workers, discourage illegal immigration and break the endless cycle of amnesty debates.
Whose interests are they representing? It certainly isn’t the majority of Americans or common sense. Sixty-four percent of voters want annual immigration counts reduced to 750,000 or fewer. Seventy-nine percent (including 61 percent of Hispanics) support requiring employers to verify worker status, according to a Post-ABC News poll. Even the constituents of Rep. Jeff Denham (R-Calif.) likely prefer the approach in a bill by Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) to Mr. Denham’s no-strings amnesty. Mike Smith, Midlothian, Va.