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Schumer, Ryan Hold ‘Private Talks’ On Amnesty

From the Politico:

Chuck Schumer, Paul Ryan talking on immigration

By JAKE SHERMAN, SEUNG MIN KIM and JOHN BRESNAHAN | 2/3/14

Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer has held private talks on immigration with Republican Reps. Paul Ryan and Trey Gowdy.

Does ‘private’ mean secret? Whatever happened to doing the nation’s business in the light of day? Especially when it’s an issue that is practically about the life and death of this country?

President Barack Obama’s emissaries have spoken with House GOP leadership about an overhaul. Speaker John Boehner and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi have also chatted on the House floor about immigration.

So we know the issue is in good hands.

[S]ince late last year, key House Republicans have been meeting with House and Senate Democrats as they try to reach a deal.

In other words, since the November elections, when the news media and their own strategists convinced the Republican leadership that they lost because of losing the Hispanics. (Whereas, in reality, Hispanic turnout was down from what it was in 2008. And even if the GOP had swept the Hispanic vote they would have still lost the White House.)

The talks haven’t led to any agreement on hugely controversial issues like a pathway to citizenship for the estimated 11.7 million undocumented immigrants in the United States. But they provide a window into the urgency — and high stakes — surrounding the immigration reform debate.

What is the "urgency"? It is entirely media and Democrat Party (but we repeat ourselves) created. Even if we give these 11 million illegals citizenship today, in five years we will be talking about the need to legalize another 10 million.

These are far from formal negotiations, and essentially amount to private information trading between Capitol power players. But the sideline chats illustrate that House Republicans — long skittish about tackling the hot-button issue — aren’t exactly acting in a vacuum…

No, they are doing the bidding of big business and the Democrats. What could go wrong?

Schumer has been particularly busy. In 2013, the New York Democrat — who led immigration negotiations in the Senate — approached Ryan, a Wisconsin Republican, and the pair have met four times since then, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the talks. They spoke about other issues as well — ice fishing and Asian carp — but immigration reform was high on the docket…

Lest we forget, Chuck Schumer, then in the House, was instrumental in giving us the 1986 Reagan amnesty. (President Reagan even singled Schumer out for his hard work at the signing of the Simpson-Mazzoli Act.) And Schumer said almost exactly the same thing back then that he is saying now about how the border would be even more secure after amnesty.

There were no actual negotiations in the meetings, which have not been disclosed until now…

Why not? Why the secrecy? And why is the Republican Party so hell-bent on bypassing its base?

Schumer’s office declined to comment on the talks with Ryan and Gowdy. A source close to the issue said Schumer and Ryan “did not negotiate any specifics of House legislation at all in these meetings.” …

Maybe it doesn’t technically count as ‘negotiating’ if the other side is willing to give away the store.

We have understand for sometime now why the Republicans are called ‘the stupid party.’ But we didn’t think they were suicidally stupid.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Tuesday, February 4th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Schumer, Ryan Hold ‘Private Talks’ On Amnesty”

  1. Schumer: “Seven for me, one for you ..”
    Ryan: “That’s fair. Spank me again ..”
    Schumer: “Seven for me, one for you ..”
    Ryan: I love this game ..”
    Schumer: (laughing) (aside) “He thinks this is a game ..”
    Ryan: “Please, may I have another?”
    Schumer: “No, seven for me, one for you ..”
    Ryan: “This is .. hey, look! .. a squirrel! (runs off) ..

  2. canary

    Did Politico miss Republican Romney’s commercials in the Spanish language?




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