Immigration policy is one of those issues that the Left has spent the last 35 years or longer priming the public pump to actuate the free flow of their bad ideas, in this case granting illegal immigrants legal status. During the Reagan administration, Democrats promised stricter border security in exchange for giving amnesty to the three million people living in this country illegally. Ronald Reagan trusted the Democrats, a mistake for any conservative to make, and after amnesty was awarded, the Democrats ignored their promise of border security. In the ensuing years, Democrats have worked hard to give illegals more taxpayer money and more rights of citizenship, which in turn has given incentive for more lawbreakers to breach our borders. Today some estimates have the number of illegal immigrants as high as twenty million.
In 2007, during the George W. Bush administration, there was a push by Democrats and Democrat-lites such as John McCain and Lindsey Graham, to once again pursue amnesty for those in this country illegally, although they now called it, "comprehensive immigration reform." The nation's Capital was inundated with so many calls and emails from U.S. citizens, that the re-election conscious politicians on both sides of the aisle dropped their bid to create new Democrat voters through amnesty. But commensurate with Leftist ideology, Democrats are once again trying to ram through the Congress of the United States legislation that is against the will of the governed. This is the tactic used by the Left when their desire for control is counter to the will of the people. They slowly drain the fight out of public dissent by constantly ramming their bad ideas into the wall of common sense. By the way, this is how every authoritarian regime throughout history has imposed tyranny.
The Lefts struggle is made easier by Republicants who think if they throw a bone, i.e. "path to citizenship" to Democrats, that they will return with the T-bone steak of border security. Democrat senator, Chuck Schumer, said recently that they have the "metrics" for border security, but they basically are keeping them a secret until there is an agreement on making illegals legal. I honestly can not understand why Republicants like Marco Rubio are members of the so-called "gang of 8", a group made up of four Republicants and four Democrats whose purpose is to give Democrats everything they want and make it look as though it is bi-partisan. I can understand the feckless John McCain allowing himself to be used by the Left as a tool to push through their agenda, but I thought Senator Rubio was more conservative and more savvy than the aforementioned Republicant dinosaur.
The Republicant establishment thinks if they back amnesty for illegals, that this will somehow help them garner more votes from the Hispanic population. But the Republicant establishment fails to remember history, and history showed that after President Reagan signed the 1986 amnesty bill, the Republicant nominee George H. W. Bush, received fewer Hispanic votes in the next presidential election than Ronald Regan received in 1984. And now, once again, some Republicants want to throw away the baby that is the rule of law with the bath water that is illegal immigration.