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.