While the GOP may be divided on immigration reform, the voices of the conservative movement certainly aren't. This morning, bestselling author and conservative commentator Ann Coulter joined the radio program to discuss the battle over immigration reform currently occurring in Washington.
"I am really disturbed by this cabal in Washington, the progressive wing of the Republican Party that is putting the final shots into the fundamental transformation of this country," Glenn said to Ann this morning.
"Yes, it really is the rise of the plutocrats," Ann noted.
She named the power-players involved in getting this bill through Congress — many of whom we aren't used to seeing side with the left: George Soros, Michael Bloomberg, the Koch brothers, Foster Friess (big-time Santorum funder), Sheldon Adelson (Gingrich funder), and even Rupert Murdock.
"This is massive," She continued. "First of all, the destruction of America as we know it and the transfer of money to the very, very wealthy, while harming the bottom."
Glenn noted that people are missing the economic repercussions of the legislation. It increases competition for the workers who are struggling the most. While decreasing competition for the people at the top by making it harder for the people at the top of the intellectual scale to enter the country.
"They're gutting the people who are struggling to make any kind of ends meat," he said.
"Yes, including recent immigrants whom they purport to love so much," Ann added. "As the country has done before, there was a decades‑long moratorium on any immigration beginning with Calvin Coolidge. The economy boomed, the unemployment rate went down, the income inequality narrowed. I mean, an awful lot of — so many social problems, so many, so many problems in America are traced directly to immigration, including, by the way, the NSA spying scandal. You know, you don't need to spy on Americans if you're not letting in a lot of foreigners who want to kill us."
Ann continued, "The crime rate went up dramatically after Teddy Kennedy's 1965 immigration act, and it has not gone down to its pre‑1965 immigration act levels. The unemployment rate has gone up. And, you know, you keep reading these articles in liberal media particularly about how income inequality, it's increasing, it's increasing. Why won't they talk about the cause of that increase? You're bringing in multiple millions, overwhelming the country with desperately poor people and then you wonder why, why the bottom end of the spectrum is so far away from the rich who get to employ the desperately poor as their maids, their nannies, their pool boys, their's, you know, water boys and agricultural workers."
To make matters worse, Glenn noted how extremely disconnected mainstream America seems to be from this legislation. Americans are not protesting and demanding that comprehensive immigration reform be passed before July.
"Nobody is saying, "Let's get a comprehensive immigration deal done before July." And you have the gigantic power structure of the GOP behind a lot of this and so you're entering a period, quite honestly, that looks a lot like the 19 — early 1850s with the Whig party where, you know, you had the beat‑down of Charles Sumner in the well of the Senate. And that was the end of the GOP, and quite honestly it signaled the end of the republic as we knew it for a while," Glenn said.
"You are absolutely right," Coulter agreed. "I've never seen an issue where the people are on one side. About 80% of Americans in polls oppose more legal immigration. This bill, the Rubio bill not only grants instant amnesty, curious that when Republicans are promoting liberal ideas that will harm America, they adopt liberal argumentation techniques, which is to lie about their bill. Why do they keep insisting it's not amnesty? They know Americans do not want amnesty. But that's only half of it. It triples legal immigration. And again it is not legal immigration for people who will compete with the editorial writers at the Wall Street Journal. It's legal immigration for those who will be competing with the very people in America who are now suffering massive unemployment. And the Americans are on one side, the elites are on the other side, and that's why they need to push this through in the dark of night. And I'm so glad you're talking about this because I've heard so many talk radio hosts either not talking about it, being foolishly distracted by NSA or IRS. Look, those will be there. Let's talk about those in two weeks. Or saying, "Oh, don't worry; the House is going to stop it."
But the only way the House can stop it is by not voting for anything — which only 70 GOP House members have stood up and said they will do.
Coulter also noted that if it isn't stopped, America will soon become California — a place where a conservative will never win another election. But there are a few brave Republicans trying to hold down the line.
"I hate to point it out, but it's just so overwhelmingly true," Ann started, not only that 90% of Americans are against amnesty and increasing legalization while the elites are jamming through a bill that does the opposite, but it is striking that those Republicans who are saying this is a bad idea are the smartest Republicans we have."
Glenn agreed and shared his plan to travel to D.C. on Wednesday for the press conference being held outside the Capitol.
"I don't know how many people are going to go, but I just think this is, this is critical," Glenn noted. "The fundamental transformation of America happens if the House passes any kind of legislation."