Both MSNBC host Joe Scarborough and Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol are warning Republicans against passing immigration reform this year.
During an appearance on “Morning Joe: Monday, Kristol urged Republicans to “just let immigration go this year” and wait until at least next year.
“You have no leverage in this debate if you go to conference with this bill that passed the Democratic Senate,” he said.
“The Republican establishment, the Republican consultant class in Washington, and big business really want immigration reform, and they may try to jam it down the throats of actual Republican grassroots voters this year, and I think it’s the one thing that could actually cost Republicans the Senate in November,” he continued.
Scarborough concurred, saying “he wanted to double down” on that point.
“The Washington Establishment, the New York Establishment, they all suggest that passing immigration reform is going to help Republicans with Hispanic voters this year,” he said. “I can’t think of a single thing they could pass that could hurt them more in the midterm election than passing an immigration bill framed by Barack Obama and Harry Reid and a weakened Republican House.”
Scarborough also seconded Kristol’s point that perhaps next year would be the year it could get done more favorably for the GOP, but not this year.