Despite Republican immigration reformers' efforts to woo conservative media, the National Review came out strongly against the Senate's bipartisan plan on Wednesday.
"Whether it is desirable to regularize the status of those illegals already here, and on what terms such a regularization might be offered, are questions that can be answered only when the immigration system is under control," an editorial entitled "A Pointless Amnesty" read.
The National Review also rejected the notion Hispanic immigrants would be more inclined to vote Republican after a reform bill passed, claiming they were too hostile to capitalism and traditional family values to ever be welcome in their party.
"While many are in business for themselves, they express hostile attitudes toward free enterprise in polls," they wrote. "They are disproportionately low-income and disproportionately likely to receive some form of government support. More than half of Hispanic births are out of wedlock. Take away the Spanish surname and Latino voters look a great deal like many other Democratic constituencies."
In addition to opposing any path to legal status for existing undocumented immigrants, the editors wrote that they disapproved of proposals for a guest worker program to bring in future low-skill workers legally. The editors suggested passing stronger enforcement measures on their own instead.