2 Big Conservatives Urge House: Kill Immigration Bill
Bill Kristol and Rich Lowry team up for editorial
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 9, 2013 2:20 PM CDT
In this file photo, a man rests his hands on a fence looking out to the United States from a Mexican customs station after being caught by U.S. Border Patrol.   (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

(Newser) – As the House GOP meets tomorrow to begin hashing out immigration reform, two prominent conservative voices have some advice: Kill the Senate version that just passed. It "is a comprehensive mistake," write Bill Kristol of the Weekly Standard and Rich Lowry of the National Review. "House Republicans should kill it without reservation." (This is a "rare joint editorial from two of the most muscular conservative voices in the land," observes Mike Allen in his Politico Playbook blog.)

Kristol and Lowry, who note that they've disagreed previously on immigration reform, say the Senate bill is "riddled with exceptions, loopholes, and waivers" in terms of enforcement. As a result, it won't actually solve the problem of illegal immigration. It also tilts too heavily toward low-skilled labor, is too large in scope, and was put together in a "hasty manner." What's the rush now? they ask. Republicans should resist "political panic," hold off in case they retake the Senate next year, and then work on a better bill. "Passing any version of the Gang of Eight’s bill would be worse public policy than passing nothing," they conclude. "House Republicans can do the country a service by putting a stake through its heart." Click here or here for the full column.

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NoFun
Jul 10, 2013 7:24 AM CDT
This is the MO of conservatives across the globe: Saying no and doing nothing.
carson
Jul 9, 2013 9:27 PM CDT
this bill will help fix immigration....in a few year no one will want to come here anymore
793tango
Jul 9, 2013 8:44 PM CDT
Man they really want that hispanic vote for midterms don't they?