House GOP immigration talks are a secret, closed-door dumpster fire

· June 8, 2018  
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Nobody seems to know what’s actually going on with the Republican immigration negotiations. Moderates and conservatives are living on different planets on this issue, and the lack of clarity is exacerbated by the fact that all of the negotiations are happening behind closed doors.

It’s a clown show:

According to Politico, Denham claims Freedom Caucus chairman Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., and members Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, and Scott Perry, R-Pa., were in the room when a new visa program that would grant citizenship to illegal immigrant DACA recipients was discussed. But here’s what the House Freedom Caucus said:

Aside from a handful of stalwart holdouts, most of the Republican Party in Congress agrees that amnesty with citizenship will happen for DACA recipients. The split between moderates and conservatives seems to hang on whether an immigration compromise contains a “special pathway.” Conservatives want to treat DACA recipients like normal immigrants, permitting them to use the current law to obtain citizenship, while moderates want to fast-track citizenship for them.

But the entire debate is obfuscated because all of the negotiations are happening behind closed doors. In a functioning, healthy constitutional republic, these differences would be aired out in public on the floor of the House of Representatives. This would permit the American people to know exactly what the status of the negotiations is and which members believe what about immigration.

Instead, members of Congress can say one thing in private and another in public, sniping at each other and posing for political cred. Is the Freedom Caucus telling the truth? Are the moderates? No one knows because they refuse to have these debates in public, where they might upset voters by ignoring their immigration preferences.

These members of Congress are afraid to go on the public record with their negotiations. And maybe that’s why everyone hates Congress.

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Author: Chris Pandolfo

Chris Pandolfo is a staff writer and type-shouter for Conservative Review. He holds a B.A. in politics and economics from Hillsdale College. His interests are conservative political philosophy, the American founding, and progressive rock. Follow him on Twitter for doom-saying and great album recommendations @ChrisCPandolfo.

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