“It is no secret that John Boehner (R-Ohio) and the House Republican leadership want to cut an immigration deal that includes amnesty for illegal aliens. It’s right there in the “Standards for Immigration Reform” they unveiled in late January,” says FAIR’s Ira Mehlman in an op-ed at Townhall.com.

It is also no secret that Boehner and company only reluctantly decided against moving forward with immigration legislation this year because of resistance from the Republican caucus and a lot of blowback from their political base. Conveniently, President Obama’s refusal to enforce most existing immigration laws, coupled with his claim of executive authority to unilaterally grant amnesty to broad categories of illegal aliens, provided the GOP leadership a face-saving way to retreat from their “principles” just a week after making them public.

Read the rest of the op-ed at Townhall.