(3) We need to increase the leverage of the anti-amnesty caucus. This includes the 70 (hopefully more now) people that are behind Steve King. Again, the more you can do by July 10 (Wednesday) the better. We can do this in two ways: first, give money to their campaigns and contact them to let them know why. Here are 15 members who went the extra mile and attended an anti-amnesty Tea Party rally. We can also call their numbers and thank them. Unless you are from their district, don't bother with contact information. Here are their D.C. numbers and a sample message. (4) We need to neutralize pro-amnesty forces, particularly in the Democratic caucus. This means raising the profile of the few pro-enforcement/anti-amnesty Democrats, and cowing the pro-amnesty Democrats (most importantly the ones in competitive districts) so that they do not push "immigration reform" too hard. Two Democrats in particular seem to be possible allies so far: Oregon's Peter DeFazio has supported enforcement efforts earlier this year, and Georgia's John Barrow proposed an enforcement-only immigration bill. It would not hurt to call their offices (DeFazio's DC Office (202) 225-6416 Barrow's DC Office (202) 225-2823) and tell their staffers something along the lines of: "Thank you for your stand in favor of enforcement of our immigration laws. Please continue stand for enforcement of our immigration laws and please stand against amnesty for illegal aliens. I hope more Democrats follow your lead." If you are a constituent, leave your contact info, otherwise just give your name. (5) We need to neutralize potential backstabbers like Paul Ryan and House Republican members of the Congressional Gang of Seven to reduce the chance of them trying to slip amnesty legislation by Congress, starting a discharge petition, etc. Call Paul Ryan at (202) 225-3031 and tell him "This is [your name] Just a warning – the Tea Party is watching. I know you would dearly love to pull a Rubio and support amnesty legislation in the House. Don’t. Try and we’ll make sure you can’t get elected dogcatcher." Or tell him "I know you are trying to work out an immigration proposal with Carlos Guiterrez. He has already indicated that he feels more loyalty to illegal aliens than to American citizens and he gloats at illegal aliens flaunting their status at powerless state law enforcement. How can you work with a person like that? You better not try to push amnesty in the House or the Tea Party will make certain you can't get elected dogcatcher! It would also be helpful to call the Republican members of the House "Gang of Eight" (names link to contact information), and say something along the lines of "Hello, my name is [name]. I know that immigration is coming up in the House. I notice that you were a member of the House "Gang of Eight" (in the case of Labrador, add "until you left the group"). Your willingness to work with open-borders advocates like Carlos Guiterrez on an immigration bill worries me. I hope that in the House you will stand with Steve King and take a strong stance against amnesty. The Tea Party is watching." (6) We need to control the talking points. Examples: (a) A "pathway to legalization" is amnesty. (b) We do not need more guest workers/visas/foreign workers, we have unemployed Americans who need those jobs. (c) There are no "jobs American won't do" if offered a fair wage. (d) Enforcement must be dealt with in a stand-alone bill, and before any bills legalizing illegal aliens is even considered. (e) Promises to increase enforcement after legalization cannot be trusted. (f) Amendments that increase the promises of post-legalization enforcement do not answer our border security concerns. (g) However bad the current situation is, the Senate Bill would make things worse. Call people who make statements that are weak - Bob Goodlatte said that Republicans might support a pathway to legalization. Call him ((202) 225-5431) and tell him that a pathway to legalization IS amnesty. We want enforcement only, no legalization. Blake Farenthold (202-225-7742) is a little too sympathetic to the interests of the illegals and you should call him and tell him "No legalization for illegals! Legalization is amnesty! A path to legalization is amnesty! 'Earned legalization' is amnesty!" I'm sure you can find other straddlers who need their spines stiffened. Representative Michael McCaul (R-TX)gave an interview on "Face the Nation" where he came out somewhat well, but he made a few disturbing statements:
McCaul channeled a remark from House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, that Republicans "need to be the party of solutions and not always obstructing." But politics from the other side, he worried, pose a threat to the House's GOP majority. "I am deeply concerned that the effort should be bipartisan - border security on my committee was (an) unanimously approved, completely bipartisan bill," he said. "My concern of the political backdrop could be that the White House would like to see this fail in the House so that it can blame the House of Representatives for that and then try to take back the House of Representatives. And then, all bets are off on his agenda."He also expressed hope for a conference committee with the Senate. You might want to call him ((202) 225-2401) and tell him "I am a little disturbed by some of the things you said on "Face the Nation" about the immigration bill. You implied that the GOP was too obstructionist. With all due respect, given the crap sandwich that is the Senate bill, I think they should be obstructionist. And you seem overly concerned about the effects of the bill dying in the House. The bill is so unpopular that I think that the House GOP would be seen as heroes if it fails. And I am very worried about what would happen to any GOP bill that makes it to conference committee with the Senate bill. Until S.744 is dead, there should be no conference." (7) We need to make certain that we are aware of all of the procedural tricks that can be used to get amnesty passed, and to counteract them. We also need to be aware of all of the tricks that can stymie amnesty, and be sure to use them. Basically, look to VDARE and NumbersUSA and just generally keep your ear to the ground. Once a threat emerges (discharge petition, conference committee), it generally gets publicized very quickly. (8) Delay is key. The longer we can delay the process of immigration reform moving through the House, the more public opposition to amnesty will grow. I will update this post adding specific tactics over the next day or so. That is all.