Rush Limbaugh said on his program Wednesday that "The Chamber of Commerce no doubt is looking for cheap labor. The business donors are looking for bodies. They are looking for people to do a certain kind of work for less than what Americans will make."
Limbaugh was reacting to Chamber of Commerce President Tom Donohue's support for immigration reform in an appearance on Special Report with Bret Baier Tuesday. House Speaker John Boehner said the Republican leadership team is drafting its own set of principles for reform Wednesday, after the Senate passed an immigration bill last June.
"Now the interesting thing is, if I'm right about this, that the establishment leadership in Washington thinks that you're not gonna be able to figure all [of] this out. Because I don't think you need me telling you any of this.
"When you hear that the current immigration reform plan will not grant citizenship, and therefore will not allow them to vote you, especially in this audience, are probably clever enough to know, that that's not really what they have in mind, that they're just saying that to appease the extremists, and the tea-party, and the conservative base.
"But nothing's changed. What both parties are really looking for here is voters. The Chamber of Commerce no doubt is looking for cheap labor. The business donors are looking for bodies. They are looking for people to do a certain kind of work for less than what Americans will make.
"But the parties are looking for voters. The areas of interest, the lines of interest will intersect, but only if they're allowed to vote. If they are not allowed to vote, then there's no benefit to the parties. In fact, if they're granted status but can't vote and they're not granted citizenship, there's gonna be hell to pay from the La Raza crowd.
"And we're gonna hear about exploitation, there's nothing in immigration reform for the political parties if we're not talking about new voters, unless I'm missing something. How do the parties benefit by saying, 'Okay Hispanics, you're one half of the way there. Welcome?' What's that get them?"