It's a tough call. Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty earns the best ranking from NumbersUSA at a C-plus. Barbour, Gingrich, and even Sarah Palin all get D-minuses. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee get Ds. (President Obama gets a newly invented grade of F-minus because he openly supports a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants.)
Beck says Republican candidates could easily rally the GOP troops on a "reduce immigration" platform simply by pointing to the unemployment rate and arguing that immigrants are taking America's jobs. If House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith can wield that stick, why can't the White House wannabes?
"A couple of them actually say we need to bring more people in the United States. It's not surprising. They're just mouthing what the U.S. Chamber of Commerce wants them to," Beck said.
Alas. Business wins out again. But just because NumbersUSA feels a little out in the cold doesn't mean they're going to back down on their rankings. "You have to earn a certain number of points to get up to something" in NumbersUSA's perspective, Beck said. "It's not good enough to just not be bad."