To get the unpopular bill through Congress, progressives and ethnic lobbies are rallying “illegals in the street, and business lobbyists are working behind closed doors to use the fear of those demonstrations to get their corporate welfare,” he said.
“But if the street demonstrations don’t pan out, that weakens the [clout] of the business lobby,” he said.
The executives are especially influential in the House, because GOP legislators have few incentives to grant citizenship to Democratic-leaning immigrants. Republicans have strong social and professional ties to local business executives, and a perpetual reliance on them for campaign donations.
On Sunday, for example GOP leadership member Rep. Cathy McMorris Rogers told the Spanish-language Univision TV station that “I believe that we have a window here between now and the end of the year and that this [immigration rewrite] is a priority.”
“We must pass immigration reform,” claimed McMorris Rodgers.
“It’s a priority for Republicans, for Democrats … important to America, it’s important to our economy,” she insisted, despite polls showing that few Americans or immigrant Latinos want increased immigration, and despite a July forecast from the Congressional Budget office that shows increased immigration will skew the nation’s wealth away from wage-earners.