CPAC IMMIGRATION DEBATE STACKED 3-TO-1 WITH PRO-AMNESTY PANELISTS | BREITBART | Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX), a former chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, has apparently had enough of what he sees as the pro-amnesty mentality at the Conservative Political Action Conference. In response to a panel which includes four proponents of comprehensive immigration reform and one critic, Smith ripped the American Conservative Union, which hosts CPAC, in a press release. “You have to wonder when a self-described conservative organization stacks an immigration panel with amnesty advocates,” Smith accused. “For the second year in a row, CPAC has featured a panel where all but one speaker supports the agenda of liberal Democrats and the liberal national media. ‘Truth-in-advertising’ would require CPAC to drop the word ‘conservative.’”
GOP LAWMAKER SAYS CPAC NOT CONSERVATIVE ON IMMIGRATION | DAILY CALLER | Texas Republican Rep. Lamar Smith urged the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) to drop the word “conservative” from its name based on an immigration panel he considered biased. “You have to wonder when a self-described conservative organization stacks an immigration panel with amnesty advocates,” Smith said in a statement. “For the second year in a row, CPAC has featured a panel where all but one speaker supports the agenda of liberal Democrats and the liberal national media.” CPAC is a celebrated gathering of a wide range of conservatives and libertarians hosted each year by the American Conservative Union. ACU’s president, Al Cardenas, is a vocal proponent of reform, having supported legalization for undocumented immigrants. This year’s immigration panel is called “Can There Be Meaningful Immigration Without Citizenship?”
TRUMP TO GOP: ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS WON’T VOTE FOR YOU ‘NO MATTER HOW NICE YOU ARE’ | BREITBART | Speaking at CPAC on Thursday, Donald Trump said that illegal immigrants, whom Democrats and House GOP leaders want to legalize, will simply not vote for Republicans. He blasted those who want open borders, saying, “We’re either a country or we’re not. We either have borders or we don’t.” “You have a border. You have a country,” Trump said before emphatically declaring that we’re just “a nothing” without borders. If conservatives and Republicans legalize illegal immigrants and allow more to come into the country, Trump said, “I don’t care who stands up, you won’t get one vote.”
DONALD TRUMP WARNS GOP, MARCO RUBIO ON IMMIGRATION | POLITICO | NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — Donald Trump warned Republicans about immigration reform in a relatively restrained 18-minute speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Thursday, saying that “we either have borders or we don’t.” The billionaire also took a swipe at Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida — who participated in a bipartisan Senate immigration reform group that helped send a now-stalled plan to the House — and warned that pursuing immigration could result in creating more Democratic voters. “I don’t care who stands up, whether it’s Marco Rubio, who talks about ‘let everybody in,’” Trump said. “But of those 11 million potential voters, which will go to 30 million in the not-too-long future, you will not get any of those votes no matter what you do,” Trump said, referring to undocumented immigrants. “So with immigration, you better be smart and you better be tough and they’re taking your jobs and you better be careful,” Trump added.
MARCO RUBIO SILENT ON IMMIGRATION AT CPAC | BREITBART | After being one of the most important forces behind the passage of the Senate’s comprehensive immigration reform bill last year, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) had nothing to say about the issue during his CPAC speech Thursday ahead of what may be a 2016 presidential run. After the Senate passed its comprehensive immigration reform bill that the Congressional Budget Office determined would lower the wages of American workers, Rubio was silent on the issue. A spokesman for Rubio even told Breitbart News’s Matthew Boyle last year that the House should not pass a bunch of piecemeal bills as a ruse to get to conference with the Senate on amnesty legislation. As he decides whether he wants to run for the GOP presidential nomination, Rubio recently conceded that his support for amnesty along with Sens. John McCain (R-AZ) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) may have permanently damaged him with some conservatives.
REP. STEVE KING: AMNESTY ENDS AMERICAN EXCEPTIONALISM, RULE OF LAW | BREITBART | NATIONAL HARBOR, Maryland–At “The Univited II” conference, Breitbart News had the opportunity to speak with Rep. Steve King (R-IA) about the threat amnesty poses to American exceptionalism. When asked whether American exceptionalism will even be possible again if amnesty proponents are successful, King responded:
My answer to that is this–because of the 1986 amnesty act we’re still debating the rule of law, still debating amnesty and immigration. If Ronald Reagan would have votoed that and said, ‘Now and forever we are never going to reward people for breaking the law. That is an essential American principle.’ But because there were people rewarded for breaking the rule of law, they came in her by the millions, they think amnesty was a good idea and they raised their children to think that way. There actually have been seven other smaller amnesties since then. If we were to open the door now the way the Democrats want to do, I would say we will never be able to restore the rule of law again–at least with regards to immigration–for the lifetime of this Republic. I don’t think an American congress would put it back together, I don’t think a president would put it back together. I think the rule of law would be gone for the duration of America.
King was asked, “Would not also be true that allowing amnesty would bring in voters who would vote in such a way as to keep amnesty supporters in office and keep the rule of law far from us?” He responded: “Sure. They would be the beneficiaries of it. And like the beneficiaries of the 1986 amnesty act–it was good for them and they think it would be good for everybody else.”
ROSEMARY JENKS: AMNESTY ADVOCATES DECLARING ‘WAR ON AMERICAN WORKERS’ | BREITBART | NATIONAL HARBOR, Maryland–On Thursday, one of the country’s top experts on immigration said that the permanent political class in Washington has declared war on American workers by pushing for widespread amnesty and rampant legal immigration that includes more guest-worker visas. Speaking at “The Uninvited II” national security forum across the street from CPAC, Numbers USA Director of Government Relations Rosemary Jenks quoted Teddy Roosevelt, who said, “If the farmer and the wage worker are well off, it is absolutely certain that all others will be well off.” Jenks said that the country has “gone far astray” from that quote as the unemployment rate has dropped only because “Americans have given up hope and dropped out.”
PHYLLIS SCHLAFLY:- AMNESTY ‘SUICIDE’ FOR CONSERVATIVES | BREITBART | While speaking at “The Uninvited II” national security forum that Breitbart News sponsored on Thursday, conservative icon Phyllis Schlafly, the founder of the influential Eagle Forum, said that amnesty legislation would be “suicide” for the conservative movement and the GOP. The Eagle Forum released a report on how mass immigration dooms a conservative Republican Party, and Schlafly said that recent polling proves that, “Republicans are fools to support any form of amnesty” or “import foreigners who reject conservative views,” particularly those related to limited government. Schlafly said that new Asian and Hispanic immigrants support Obamacare and big-government programs and even reject the emphasis on patriotism and national sovereignty that have been the backbone of conservative politics.
PHYLLIS SCHLAFLY: REPUBLICANS ARE ‘FOOLS’ TO BACK ‘ANY KIND OF AMNESTY’ | DAILY CALLER | Eagle Forum president and conservative author Phyllis Schlafly condemned GOP leadership efforts to compromise with Democrats on immigration, telling her audience that Republicans are “fools” to back any kind of deal that includes citizenship for illegal immigrants. “Republicans are fools to to support any kind of amnesty, or to import foreigners who will support big government and big spending,” she said during a blunt speech at The National Security Action in Washington, D.C. “Why is anyone surprised that three fourths of Hispanics and Asians voted for Obama during the 2012 election? … Sixty-nine percent of immigrants support Obamacare.”
PHYLLIS SCHLAFLY: SEN. SESSIONS ‘HERO’ FOR OPPOSING AMNESTY | BREITBART | Phyllis Schlafly, conservative icon and founder of the influential Eagle Forum, praised Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) as a “hero” for being one of the few lawmakers in Congress who understands the devastating impact amnesty legislation would have on American workers. Speaking at “The Uninvited II” national security forum on “Amnesty and Open Borders: The End of America–and the GOP” panel across the street from CPAC, Schlafly said that “there have not been many in Congress who have gotten the message, but one of them has been Sen. Sessions, and he has been a hero.”
IMMIGRATION FADES INTO BACKGROUND AT CPAC | MSNBC | The main speakers at the Conservative Political Action Conference almost entirely ignored immigration. Even Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, who co-authored the Senate immigration bill, dodged the issue. The one major exception was Donald Trump, who denounced Rubio for wanting to “let everyone in” and repeated the oldest of all anti-immigration slogans. “They’re taking your jobs!” Trump declared. It was a far cry from last year’s CPAC, where immigration was arguably the number one issue among speakers and attendees. The topic animated supporters and opponents alike, with the former desperately urging attendees to back reform or risk a Hillary Clinton presidency, the latter booing the mere mention of Latino outreach by Texas Gov. Rick Perry.