Showdown on the RIGHT… Levin/Heritage Call for Debate Between Conservatives on Immigration

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The Heritage Foundation and conservative talk radio host Mark Levin have called for a blockbuster immigration debate on the right with some of the leading proponents and opponents of comprehensive immigration reform squaring off.

Levin suggests Heather MacDonald, Ed Meese, the former U.S. Attorney General under President Ronald Ronald Reagan, and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and/or Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) to argue against the bill. MacDonald is a fellow at the Manhattan Institute who has written extensively on immigration. Meese was Reagan’s attorney general when the infamous Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA) passed in 1986 that granted amnesty to illegal immigrants. Those against the bill, like Sessions, have emphasized the Senate’s immigration bill would force the country to grant even “more amnesty” in the future. Cruz, of the Congress’s best debaters, and Sessions have been staunchly against the legislation.

To argue in favor, Levin suggests former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. Jeff Lord at the National Spectator suggests Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) be added to this team. Messrs. Christie, Bush, and especially Rubio, with his membership in the Gang of Eight, have been outspoken supporters of immigration reform. Ryan has recently voiced his support for immigration reform while emphasizing the House’s bill may be different from the Senate’s.
Such a debate would not only be entertaining, but substantive and informative.

As Lord notes, it is beyond “time for a William F. Buckley-esque debate between conservatives that finally and quite publicly puts those involved with the issue together on one stage at the same time.” He said such a debate would put “them there for an open, televised, candid, and serious discussion of a seriously momentous issue for the future of America. An issue that is being shoved through Congress with all the speed of a rocket accompanied by the usual Washington bipartisan game playing and theatrics.”

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  • foxxybey

    Securing our borders isn’t racism except to those who come for the hand outs as they don’t pay crap and we get all the debt, the racist are those who break the law and think they deserve what we worked for. Go home illegal idiot’s.

  • Jason_L

    Ask ME to come! I can give them lots of reasons a lot of Americans are against this shamnesty thingy. My wife and I, for two, have worked for almost 8 years to get her citizenship the legal way, and still we wait…..

    • mikedidi

      My wife is from Ukraine and she came thru following the Law, and I am in the same position you are currently

  • junkmailbin

    how come I am starting to feel that the GOP is going to allow the actual American Citizen to get screwed again. the debate is nice but it is HELL NO or loose our country

  • reggiec

    A comprehensive debate should be done for every controversial subject proposed for legislative action. In way too many cases debates and influence occurs behind closed doors with lobbyists and ideology being the deciding factors instead of the interests of our country as a whole. Open discussion has a way of exposing hidden agendas.

  • mikedidi

    Securing the borders is and should be done first. It isn’t racism, my Grandparents came thru Ellis island in 1903. Why can’t the politicians just enforce the laws currently on the books. We need a secure border to keep out people who want to do us harm, is that so hard to understand.

  • bejocy

    We can debate, protest, email, phone…whatever…DC does not listen, or care.

  • mjnellett

    This debate would certainly separate the sheep from the goats,if you know what I mean?? LOL

  • whitefeather

    It’s a suckers arguement….In fact, the problem is that we are talking about it at all. They are just incrementally giving themselves the impetus to force legislation, if not now, then at a latter date.

  • bitterrootbill

    Not only is this debate a novel idea that would clear up a bevy of unanswered questions re: immigration reform, but it would also be a debate between the two parts of a fractured GOP. Let`s face it…the Republican party is in disarray and the progressives/socialists are going to have a field day with the stark differences between the old guard RINOs and the bright new voices of conservatism. Just the way Cloward and Piven envisioned-divide and conquer. We`re screwed if we keep sending the same, tired old do-nothings back to D.C.

  • Robert S Moulds

    Maybe they can come up with solutions current government seems to be unable to do so.

  • Paladin67

    There is no need for “reform”.. just ENFORCE the laws we already have… cripes! it’s a no brainer..(which should work just fine for our pathetic excuse of a government)