I almost fell out of my chair when I read this in the pro-amnesty Weekly Standard:
Despite the very real pain and costs associated with decades of federal neglect of immigration policy, both parties have treated voters’ legitimate concerns about the issue with disdain.
It’s easy to see why voters have become radicalized on the issue. Republicans have long mouthed platitudes about enforcing immigration laws, with little to no follow-through. Democrats, eager to play identity politics, argue that border controls are essentially racist.
In the meantime, for Republicans alarmed by the prospect of Trump claiming the Republican mantle in Cleveland next summer, one way to take the wind out of his sails would be to try to unite the party behind a credible immigration policy. And since the GOP controls Congress, they could start on the issue tomorrow. It need not be a radical agenda; it should simply be one that takes the issue of enforcement seriously and is backed by a credible commitment that it will be enacted. After congressional Republicans go on the offensive and Obama vetoes a few bills in areas of bipartisan agreement such as tougher border security, perhaps GOP primary voters won’t be as inclined to turn to party outsiders to see their concerns addressed.
Why can’t the House and the Senate mandate E-Verify? Find some way to do it as part of the budget process, so that it can pass with a simple majority in the Senate, and dare Obama to veto the entire budget because of E-Verify.