Are Republicans turning away from immigration reform?
In recent months we have seen a growing number of Republicans, from Marco Rubio to Paul Ryan, begin to rally around the idea of immigration reform which included a pathway to citizenship, but now it appears as if support for this idea may be crumbling in the GOP.
The most recent example is from Ted Poe, who previously supported the measure, and what does he cite as the reason for his evolution on this issue? The president’s negotiating tactic of not negotiating during the government shutdown:
The President has proven over the last few weeks that ‘negotiating’ means conservatives must give in and that it’s his way or no way,” Poe said in an email to Breitbart News. “In his opinion, there is no compromise, just intimidation with inflammatory rhetoric. The President is putting his political agenda ahead of what’s best for America
Could it be true that the Republicans have finally learned their lesson after being rolled by Barack Obama and the Democrats during the shutdown? Has it finally occurred to them that Barack Obama is only interested in taking and not giving during debate on an issue? If so, maybe their is a silver lining to be taken from the debate over the continuing resolution and the debt ceiling.
I am not holding my breath however because I trust the Republican leadership only slightly more than I trust Barack Obama. They talk a good game but are they really willing to back it up?