Kerry Bentivolio (R-MI) calls fellow repubs 'shameless' for immigration reform
In a fundraising email to supporters, Rep. Kerry Bentivolio (R-MI) — a freshman congressman who won his seat after Rep. Thad McCotter (R-MI) abruptly resigned — bashed his own party’s support of immigration reform. Bentivolio called out Republicans in the Senate’s support as “a shameless political ploy to buy new voters” and proclaimed that he is one of the few conservatives who can stop the effort to “virtually dissolve our border”:
“What you’re seeing here is a shameless political ploy to buy new voters. Democrats want the votes and Republicans the cheap labor … unfortunately the status quo will be maintained,” Bentivolio writes in the fundraising email. “Immigration reform shouldn’t be about buying off lawbreakers so they’ll consider becoming Republican. It’s about letting in people who want to become Americans and obey American laws. What kind of country will we be if we reward people for breaking the law?”
“The Senate is already caving to grant amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants and congressmen like myself in the House will be the only thing between maintaing the rule of law and virtually dissolving our border,” he wrote.
But leaving aside the intentions of the Republican party, Bentovolio makes a good point in saying that only a few Republicans stand in the way of an immigration overhaul. Many members of Congress have expressed a desire to undertake such an effort, and a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants is favored by 51 percent of Americans.
The 'cheapest' labor is from those who are here illegally. If you legalize their presence, guess what? They are not as exploitable because they are legal and covered by the same labor rights as the rest of us.
“virtually dissolve our border” sounds like a shot at those almost mythical 'open-borders liberals' that the far-right loves to rail against.