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Immigration Reform And The GOP

Saturday, May 19, 2007  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

If you are “deport-them-all” anti-illegal immigration absolutist, you won’t like this post. But if, like the vast majority of Republicans, you understand the need to regularize most of the millions of people in the country illegally, read on.

First, read my interview with Tony Snow for background.

Next, understand that Senator Jon Kyl is a great American who in essence volunteered to conduct the political equivalent of a suicide mission, and that Tony Snow has been tasked with defending the result. Both are superb public servants and great conservatives, as is the president that Tony works for and with whom Senator Kyl is a partner. The fiasco of the past week may have been a necessary part of achieving clarity on the bill, and Senator Kyl’s request for a close reading of the bill is one every serious conservative ought to grant..

The extraordinary blowback against the Senate “deal” has its source in three realities: First, John McCain issued one of his famous diktats which was guaranteed to rend the GOP and he did it with the usual “screw you” tone (a tone he has taken to using with his Senate colleagues.) Dean’s got a theory on why Senator McCain acts this way, which is interesting

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