Sen. Jeff Flake: GOP Needs Immigration Reform to Win in 2016

Wednesday, 09 Jul 2014 09:29 PM

By Greg Richter

  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Immigration reform is likely to pass Congress next year, says Arizona GOP Sen. Jeff Flake, and he says doing so is vital for the GOP to have a chance to win the presidency in 2016.

Flake said Wednesday on Fox News Channel's "Special Report" that he had expected a comprehensive immigration bill to pass this year, but those hopes were dashed after the primary election defeat of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor.

Cantor's loss to tea party challenger Dave Brat was the "death knell" for immigration reform in the current session, Flake said. Radio talk show hosts Laura Ingraham and Mark Levin swayed voters in the last two weeks of the election, saying Cantor's position on immigration was "pro-amnesty."

With the current crisis of thousands of children flooding across the border from Central America, there is "no chance" of passing a bill this year, Flake said.

Republicans have said the current influx of illegal border crossings prove that President Barack Obama wasn't truthful when said in 2010 that the border was more secure than ever. His statement was seen as intended to be a pretext for passing a comprehensive immigration bill.

Still, Flake told Fox News that he thinks a bill could pass in 2015.

"I'm among those who think if Republicans want a shot at national office, we've got to deal with this in a responsible way," he said. The purpose, he added, is not just to appeal to Hispanic voters, but to appeal to Americans who expect Republicans to be rational, reasonable and responsible.

"I don't think we have been," he said.

Flake thinks the solution to the current crisis is to change the 2008 law that prohibits quick deportation of children from non-border countries. The unaccompanied minors flooding the border are primarily from three Central American countries plagued with high poverty and crime.

Republicans argue that the crime and poverty, while a real issue in those countries, have not significantly increased in the past few years. Instead, they say, the influx of children has been caused by a 2012 executive order by President Barack Obama that gave hope that the children would be granted some form of legal status.

"As soon as we actually take a planeload of children and go back to Guatemala and El Salvador and Honduras, that's what will stop it," Flake told Fox News. "When a parent or relative in those countries who just paid . . . up to $7,000 to a smuggler to take that child into the country, when they see those planeloads of the kids coming back, it will stop."

Related Stories:

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Conservative Group: ABC's Midterm Blackout Reeks of 'Liberal Bias'

Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 13:22 PM

A study by the conservative Media Research Center claims that ABC World News hasn't covered the midterm elections in two . . .

Newsmax TV Midterm Preview: Colorado Governor

Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 12:51 PM

Voters in Colorado appear to be split right down the middle in state's gubernatorial race. Newmax TV takes a closer look . . .

Pollster: Foreign Affairs Dominates Midterms

Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 12:35 PM

While midterm elections historically amount to referendums on the incumbent president, voters in this year's race are mo . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved