by: the Common Constitutionalist
Will problems with immigration ever be solved? Frankly, do those who appear to fight for “reform” really want the issue to go away? After all, immigration advocacy has become quite the cottage industry.
And for dishonest politicians, as practically all of them are turning out to be; they are always looking for a good PC cause to latch on to.
I will give at least a few of them credit for the courage to appear on conservative talk radio to plead their cases.
A few weeks ago Marco Rubio was on Rush Limbaugh’s show. Rush tried his best to be civil, but as a veteran listener, I and I’m sure many others, knew Rush wasn’t buying what Marco was dishing out.
Jeff Flake, just last week or so, spoke on the Glenn Beck radio program. Man, did they NOT agree with Flake’s positions! Did these politicians really think they would convince anyone in these audiences?
We often wonder just what happens to these guys when they go to Washington. Is the capital building like some Death Star? During freshman orientation they are brought before the Emperor Darth Sidious and shown the power of the dark side. I just don’t get it?
Off topic: new rule for Congress and the Senate. 75% of your time must be spent in your home district. With today’s technology – votes and committee meetings will be conducted by secure link video conferencing. Could you imagine the wails of dissent if someone were to propose that?
Anyway, Ali Baba Schumer and his seven other thieves have picked up two more for their merry band, progressive Republicans John Cornyn (R- Texas) and Orrin Hatch (R – Utah). Sorry Mark Levin, but Orrin is a big government progressive.
With their help many amendments to at least slow this train have gone down to overwhelming defeat. Amendments such as requiring full operational border security before granting illegals, legal status. Wow! What a radical proposal. Sure am glad it was defeated.
What was passed was a Patrick (Leaky) Leahy (C – Vermont) (C for communist) amendment to give Big Sis Napolitano and DHS the leeway to secure the border… or not. I’m going to guess not. How about you?
Another proposal was to require just six months of border control before legal status was granted to criminal aliens. That too was soundly defeated. To it, Diane Feinstein said: “I have no doubt to this nation’s commitment to enforce the border.” Jeff Flake added that they shouldn’t delay amnesty for security. Fear not Jeff; they won’t. There will be full amnesty and no security. Heck, even if they vote for security, it won’t get done.
Remember the 2006 border fence agreement? I believe it was to construct 750 miles of double-layered fence. And remember Duncan Hunter at the time insisted it would be built due to the language in the bill? Not that the fence should be built, but he exclaimed, the fence “Shall be Built.”
Nearly everyone, Republican and Democrat alike voted for it at the time. That was seven years ago. We now have 35 miles built and no plans to complete it. Liars!
Another amendment that was passed is to allow Big Sis to cut back or stop altogether the reimbursements to states that imprison illegals.
By law, the feds must reimburse at least some of the cost of housing the criminal aliens.
But really, how much could that be? Don’t illegals wish to come to America for a better life? Yeah, some for a better life of crime.
In 2005 the GAO (Government accounting office) issued a report on just this. Keep in mind this was eight years ago.
The report discovered in just the federal prisons, 27% of prisoners are illegals and the majority of that percentage was Mexican. Between 2001 and 2004 reimbursements to state and local prisoners was $5.8 billion. It was estimated that reimbursements from the feds was no more than 25% of the cost the states had incurred.
So the feds refuse to do what they are charged to do, secure the border and deal with illegals and the states are left holding most of the bag. And now thanks to this bill and the DHS, probably the whole bag.
Bear in mind that states have no deportation authority, so they are truly stuck.
This 867 page and growing debacle will pass. We will have mass amnesty. There is already an ever-increasing influx of illegals coming over in anticipation. The border will not be secured and the country’s demise will be hastened because of it.
This is textbook Cloward and Piven – overwhelm the system, not to mention one party rule for a long long time.
It’s a win-win!