RUSH: "Immigration Bill to Bring in at Least 33 Million People, Says Group." This is Neil Munro, the White House correspondent forced to run for his life after asking Obama a question at an outdoor Rose Garden event. This is the Daily Caller.
"The pending Senate immigration bill would bring a minimum of 33 million people into the country during its first decade of operation, according to an analysis by NumbersUSA, a group that wants to slow the current immigration rate. By 2024, the inflow would include an estimated 9.2 million illegal immigrants, plus 2.5 million illegals who arrived as children -- dubbed ‘Dreamers’ -- plus roughly 3.4 million company-sponsored employees with university degrees, said the unreleased analysis."
The number that everybody's hearing is 11 million. Now, you know, this is interesting, too, by the way. In 2007 and 2008, 2009, whenever this subject came up, amnesty, pathway to citizenship, immigration, the numbers were always 12 to 20 million. Remember that? And in some cases higher. But routinely the numbers used by the Drive-Bys, the numbers used by members of Congress, 20 million. And I remember at those times, 2007, 2008, 2009, if they're admitting 20 million, it's probably gotta be more than that. Remember, this is since 1986 and the amnesty bill then was supposed to give us border control and shut it down.
So the number of illegals since 1986 is what we're talking about here. Now, all of a sudden when the Gang of Eight bill comes up, the number is 11 million? And I'm sorry, I shoulda mentioned this at the beginning when I first heard this, because it didn't make sense to me. I'd never heard a number that low when discussing amnesty, how many illegals are here and how many we're talking about. The number's always been between 12 and 20 million, and now all of a sudden it's just 11? I say "just 11" by virtue of comparison. But maybe we're being snowed on that number, too, just like we were snowed on the number of homeless. Three million homeless, it was 500,000 back in the late eighties, early nineties, when that was a big issue. The homeless census, find out 500,000 Americans were homeless, not three million.
Well, this illegal number, 11 million, that's the smallest number anybody's ever been using. And obviously 11 million's a little more palatable than 20 million, making it easier to sell. But now this group, NumbersUSA, says over a 10-year period. We're talking about 33 million people. So right there, if that number is right, we're talking, according to polling data that exists today, out of 33 million people over 10 years, 25 million of them would be Democrats, and eight million would be Republicans. According to polling data today.
So if you want to look at it that way, over 10 years, 25 million new Democrats? It's like The Politico said last week, folks, that's the end of the Republican Party. That wipes it out for a generation. The Politico wrote that story, the end of the Republican Party, grab sound bite number three. Senator McCain yesterday in Washington -- this was at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast -- Senator McCain talking about immigration reform.
MCCAIN: I believe if we pass this legislation, it won't gain us a single Hispanic vote, but what it will do, it will put us on a playing field where we can compete. Right now we cannot compete. It is a demographic certainty that if we are -- condemn ourselves to 15, 20, 25% of the Hispanic vote, we will not win elections. It will put us on a playing field where we can make an argument for a smaller government, lower taxes, less regulation, pro-life, pro-defense --
RUSH: Wait a second.
MCCAIN: -- that's the argument that I think we can make to gain Hispanic support.
RUSH: Well, all good and well, but why don't you do that now? Why do we have to wait to make those arguments until amnesty has occurred. Why can't we start talking about lowering taxes right now. We've got the perfect opportunity for it with this Internet sales tax bill. Why not talk about less regulation now? Why not be pro-life now? Why not be pro-defense now? Why wait until amnesty for all that? Seriously. Then he says, "If we pass the legislation, we're not gonna gain a single Hispanic vote, but it will make us able to."
Does Senator McCain not know what he's doing here? Does he not know what this sounds like? Senator McCain is buying hook, line, and sinker -- the only reason to do amnesty is that Hispanics don't like us, but if we do amnesty they will, and then once they like us we at least have a chance to make our case to them. But until we legalize the people who are here illegally, we can't make our case to them. Sorry. Once again, I, El Rushbo, don't get it. I do not understand this. Well, no, I do, but I mean this is all being done because McCain and the boys are being told by whoever that Hispanics hate them, because they're Republicans. And Hispanics hate them because they're Republicans, because they somehow don't want to let people skirt the law.
So if we are front and center on an immigration bill which basically does pathway to citizenship, amnesty, whatever, they'll like us. And then we'll have a shot at 'em. But we don't even have a shot at 'em now because they don't even like us. You know, I came in here, I was actually feeling up and good today, and as this goes on, folks, I don't know, I'm starting to lose --
RUSH: Now, something to point out here on amnesty, pathway to citizenship. According to the Investor's Business Daily -- and we trust those guys -- they point out that 40% of 12 million illegal immigrants the bill gives amnesty to are not from Mexico. They're not just Mexicans. They are foreign nationals who have overstayed their visas. And that would include tens of thousands of people. Saudis, people from Yemen, Pakistan, Somalia. And Europeans, too. Not just Mexicans that we're talking about here. The pro-amnesty people say all this is gonna make us safer.
RUSH: Albert in San Jose, California. You're next on Open Line Friday. Hi.
CALLER: Hi, Rush. I had two questions regarding the immigration bill. I haven't heard a lot of people talk about it, but I know you will know the answer. Specifically, what do you think the reaction of the GOP base will be if the immigration bill is passed, and then the second question is, if they do sit out like they did the last election, what do you think the reaction of the GOP leaders will be? Thanks, Rush.
RUSH: Okay, the first question, just so you know, Ted Cruz is right. The amnesty bill, the piece of legislation that's sponsored by the Gang of Eight is not supposed to pass right now. What's supposed to happen is, it's supposed to sail through the Democrat House, then reach the Republican controlled House and be voted down, at which time Obama and the Democrats begin campaigning for the House in 2014 by claiming the Republicans hate Mexicans, hate Hispanics, hate freedom. They're mean-spirited, racist, sexist, all this kind of stuff. That was also supposed to happen with the gun control bill.
The gun control bill is supposed to sail through the Senate, and then the Republicans in the House were supposed to defeat it so the Democrats could say the Republicans love guns, they love murder, they love people getting killed, they love the NRA, blah, blah. But the Democrats confounded them. Now, if amnesty were to be passed -- and, by the way, Albert, who cares about the GOP base anyway? If people cared about the GOP base, this wouldn't even be up for discussion. Because if amnesty passes, there will be no GOP. That's it. The base will disintegrate, in terms of support for the Republican Party. And, even if the base doesn't, you've got millions of new Democrat voters. It's Republican Party suicide. I don't understand any of this.