WASHINGTON, D.C. – The freshman U.S. Senator from North Carolina, Thom ‘Traitor’ Tillis, is still showing devotion to the party agenda – It’s just the wrong political party. A recent piece in Politico heralds Tillis as a savior of the nearly 800,000 DACA recipients as he releases a plan with Democrat Sen. Dick Durbin from one of the most liberal states in the union, Illinois.
“The freshman senator from North Carolina is now making his biggest immigration play yet, unveiling a plan to provide permanent relief to the undocumented immigrants who came here as minors.
If a deal can be done to win over the warring parties and a president who has swung back and forth on the issue, it might start with Tillis, who has methodically carved out a profile as a pro-immigration Republican at a time when the GOP has swerved sharply to the right.
“Not all of the usual suspects have come out on the right opposing the bill because they’ve actually taken the time to read it,” Tillis recently told POLITICO in an interview in his office. And “when you sit down and you talk with left-of-center, reasonable Democrats … then we have people that are having a difficult time opposing it.””
Labeling Tillis as a ‘pro-immigration’ Republican may be a bit inaccurate, as his recent stunts at crossing the aisle move him into the territory of being ‘pro-ILLEGAL-immigration.’ The distinction is important because the pros and cons of immigration is a decidedly different issue than the Rule of Law and national security. Granting amnesty undermines both.
“Yet Tillis is optimistic the framework he’s outlined may be the one that could win 60 votes in the Senate and ultimately be signed into law by Trump — who has said he wants to show “heart” to Dreamers but whose White House over the weekend issued a litany of tough demands for any deal.
Even in Trump’s Washington, Tillis has emerged as a classic pro-business Republican when it comes to immigration: He believes more workers from abroad help the economy and that there are jobs Americans simply won’t do. He is open to a pathway to citizenship for the broader population of 11 million undocumented immigrants, but under conditions far more arduous than what he has outlined for Dreamers.”
Whenever a Republican claims to be showing “heart” it is usually code for a betrayal of purported principles and campaign promises. Showing “heart” to the poor means raising taxes on middle and upper income Americans; showing “heart” for the environment means burdening business with onerous regulations for an illusory end; showing “heart” for Dreamers means ignoring the Rule of Law at the expense of citizens and legal residents in a misguided attempt to be kind to the ‘good’ among them while ignoring the dangerous and troublesome.
“But Tillis’ efforts at recruiting more foreign workers into the United States and now drafting Dreamer-focused legislation has earned him few fans from the restrictionist immigration groups who are gaining new influence in Washington.
“Tillis has made himself the ninth member of the Gang of Eight,” said Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, referring to senators who negotiated a comprehensive immigration bill in 2013. “He is trying to make himself a player, but it’s really just putting a Republican gloss on a Democratic policy.””
Bingo. It may come as no surprise to North Carolinians that watch as then-N.C. House Speaker Tillis fught for illegal immigrants to have driver’s licenses as one of many pushes that appealed more to chambers of commerce interested in cheap labor than to Republican voters who expect, at the very least, for reasonable immigration laws to be enforced.
You can find the rest of Democratic praise for Tillis and his Democratic positions here.