Republicans may sell out and support an immigration reform bill because of enormous, money-rich lobbying efforts now in play, says Mickey Kaus, a contributor to The Daily Caller.
"Money has a big role to play here, that's why I called it a sellout. I don't usually hurl words like 'sellout' around, but why are they coming back again and again after this thing is dead?" Kaus told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.
"Why are they coming back at such an inauspicious time for them when the economy's in bad shape? They're going to bring in millions of new workers, when the polls are going down on this thing, people are less and less favorable to it and they're going to split the party for the midterm," Kaus said Tuesday.
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Last week, House Speaker John Boehner said he would "unveil a set of Republican principles for immigration reform" before President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address on Jan. 28th. He and Majority Leader Eric Cantor told fellow lawmakers reform is a priority this year.
One chief reason for the push is money, Kaus says.
"There's a whole bunch of lobbyists spreading around a whole bunch of money. If you're a Republican politician and you ever want to run for higher office, you're going to have to go to these people, they're going to remember whether you supported them," he said.
"And they're demanding that [House Speaker John] Boehner make a big push now and it's also part of the way they think they can't win the presidency in 2016.
"Everybody thinks they can win the Congress in 2014, but they can't win the presidency in 2016 unless they do something to appeal to Latinos and Asians … Money, that's the driving force here, and the Republicans are in the driver's seat."
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