I wish Karl Rove would just retire and go away. He’s yesterday’s news, but he still wants to remain relevant, so he got together with 100 of his wealthiest friends to urge House Republicans to pass an amnesty bill.
Karl Rove and more than one hundred Republican donors sent a letter to Republican members of Congress on Tuesday, urging them to pass a comprehensive immigration reform bill that would include, among other provisions, granting “legal status” to illegal aliens who meet certain criteria.
Anticipating that lawmakers will face resistance to the bill when they go home for the August recess, the letter marks the escalation of a campaign in which Republican leaders and donors are pressuring House Republicans to act on an immigration reform bill.
The letter begins: “We write to urge you to take action to fix our broken immigration system.” According to the New York Times, those who have signed include Rove; “former Vice President Dan Quayle; Tom Stemberg, a founder of Staples; and Frank VanderSloot, the founder of Melaleuca Inc.” Romney campaign finance director Spencer Zwick was also signed the letter.
The Times reports that Carlos Gutierrez, former Commerce Secretary for President George W. Bush and a founder of the Republicans for Immigration Reform super PAC, organized the effort. Gutierrez, who has said in the past that English should not be the official language of government, said the letter was “the beginning of a campaign to lobby Republican lawmakers in favor of a broad immigration bill as they return to their districts for the August break.” (Read More)
So, why are they doing this now before the August break? Because they know the representatives are going to go home and get an earful from constituents. Heaven forbid they listen to the people they actually represent, and not Karl Rove and some of the GOP’s top donors. Hopefully there will be enough of them with the good sense to listen to their colleague Senator Jeff Sessions.