Top Republican: Legalize the Illegal

According to Eyewitness News (Bakersfield, CA), “Republican leaders, including House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, of Bakersfield, are calling for the first time to give legal status to millions of undocumented immigrants living in the United States.”  In an interview published late yesterday, Rep. McCarthy said it was his “personal belief I think it’ll go with legal status that will allow you to work and pay taxes.”   Make no mistake, he is signaling amnesty will be part of House Republicans’ “piecemeal” immigration strategy

During the Senate debate, Heritage Action – and many others – appropriately defined amnesty not as the attainment of citizenship, but rather the initial legalization.  Those who are currently in the country illegally would have been eligible for a “Registered Provisional Immigrant” (RPI) status within a mere 180 days.  As we noted at the time, “After acquiring RPI status, formerly illegal immigrants will have legal status in the United States, allowing them to work, live, and travel abroad.”  That is amnesty, and it sounds very similar to what Rep. McCarthy suggested earlier this week.

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