“We need comprehensive immigration reform.”
“We need criminal justice reform.”
The similarities between the push for amnesty and the push for “prison reduction” are endless – both in terms of the policy consequences and the political rhetoric being used to promote those goals. It is now becoming clear that the same political players behind the push for amnesty are now creating this lobbyist-contrived emergency for prison reduction at all costs.
After being stymied by the American people in their endless pursuit of amnesty for illegal aliens, the Gang of Eight has been transformed into the Gang of Jailbreak. I’m hearing that FWD, Mark Zuckerberg’s amnesty lobby outlet, is now going all in for the jailbreak legislation. Last week, Doug Holtz-Eakin, one of the most prominent Republican supporters of amnesty, penned an op-ed in support of the criminal sentencing bill. La Raza already joined the fight on day one. Given that many of those convicted for federal drug crimes are illegal aliens, it’s no surprise the immigration groups would get in on the action.
It’s no coincidence that late last week Speaker Paul Ryan, who is one of the leading figures in the amnesty movement, indicated he’d be moving the jailbreak bill (S. 2123) in the coming days:
Ryan on moving criminal justice reform: They are moving pretty well. We intend on moving criminal justice reform
— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) April 21, 2016
This congressional push coincides with the Justice Department’s announcement dedicating this entire week to jailbreak and the promotion of criminal rights. It also comes on the heels of Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) receiving an award from the left-wing American Bar Association for his work on behalf of jail break legislation… after years of opposing it.
It’s also no coincidence that Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe signed an executive order on Friday restoring voting rights for 206,000 convicted felons. As we’ve noted before, just like with “immigration reform,” the end goal of “criminal justice reform” is creating more Democrat voters.
And amazingly, just like with the amnesty fight, Republicans are actually walking the ball into the end zone for the Democrats and expending all of their political capital on behalf of the top priority of their opponents. Just as Obama makes his national push to mainstream violent felons and release them from prison, the RNC passed a resolution at last week’s meeting in support of Obama’s crime agenda!
— Holly Harris (@holly_harris) April 22, 2016
This is early 2013 all over again, when the RNC’s autopsy report drove their maniacal push for amnesty at a time when they should have sided with the overwhelming majority of the country in defense of our sovereignty.
What is truly tragic is that with rising crime and the need for tougher action against criminals, Republicans are squandering an enormous opportunity to draw a sharp contrast with Democrats ahead of November’s election. Bill Kristol, who is one of the few original amnesty supporters to have learned his lesson, succinctly made this point over the weekend:
Whoever takes the lead AGAINST much of so-called "criminal justice reform" will be thanked by millions of Americans. https://t.co/7F1K5nR4ab
— Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) April 23, 2016
Even though everyone is focused on the presidential election, conservatives must call all hands on deck to fight the Gang of Jailbreak just like we did with the Gang of Eight. My congressional sources have expressed concern to me that the combination of the volatility of the criminal justice issue, the recent spike in violent crime, an overly-ambitious bipartisan group of senators, and the shrinking legislative calendar – made even smaller due to the presidential election with nominating conventions starting in July – have laid the groundwork for a last-minute product that might get little attention when it needs it most.
“This effort [to pass comprehensive criminal justice reform] has become less about passing a good bill and more about just getting something done so the parties involved can say they got something done,” said a source who requested anonymity because of the source’s proximity to bill negotiations. “This is usually how the worst laws get written, and our side should know better.”
Daniel Horowitz is a senior editor of Conservative Review. Follow him on Twitter @RMConservative.