Homeland Defense Richard Falknor on 16 Jul 2014
UPDATE! Here is an agenda “No Money Until President Obama Acts” recently compiled by immigration-control experts of 28 steps the president should take to address the border crisis.
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Can The House GOP Protect Us From The Obama Youth Invasion?
“Republicans in DC have chosen to be a legislative opposition, rather than a political opposition. They don’t articulate an alternative vision of the role of government and law in our society but, rather, a different basket of legislation and proposals. Is is any wonder that House Democrats are raising more money than House Republicans for the midterm elections? Contrast that with how Republican governors are running fundraising rings around state Democrats. Voters want to support a vision, not a laundry list of legislative proposals. . . .The political and humanitarian crisis currently unfolding at the border is exactly what happens when a large segment of the government simply abandons its job. It is the result of years of unserious policy debate and short-term political expediency. Republicans, unfortunately, have no idea how to respond.” (Highlighting Forum’s) –Breitbart’s Mike Flynn in GOP Lost at the Border
The House Republican leadership, unfortunately, apparently lacks the required vision to cope with the White House and Senate Big-Immigration-induced youth invasion.
Consequently the GOP base and allied independent conservatives will have to weigh in themselves to help guide the House leadership (and to offset the influence of the billionaire pro-amnesty donors) if the tide of illegals is to be stemmed.
This afternoon we learn from Breitbart’s Jonathan Strong here that “Boehner’s Border Group Delays Report As It Broadens Focus, Reviews ‘Wish Lists'”–
“Noting the group had failed to meet prior self-imposed deadlines, Granger said Wednesday only that she [Republican Representative Kay Granger of Texas] hoped the House would pass the resulting bill – or, potentially two bills, she allowed – before lawmakers depart for the August recess.”
Senior Republican senator Jeff Sessions sent out a magisterial letter Monday to all members of the Congress.
Breitbart’s Matthew Boyle explains here in his “Senate Budget Committee ranking member Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) has warned all of his colleagues in Congress that President Barack Obama’s new immigration strategy—his plans to legalize millions of illegal alien adults through executive power—could destroy America as we know it”–
“‘I write to inform you of a development that threatens the foundation of our constitutional Republic,’ Sessions, Congress’s top immigration hawk, wrote in a letter that was hand-delivered to all 535 members of Congress on Monday and provided exclusively to Breitbart News.
Sessions cites a recent report from the National Journal, in which reporter Major Garrett detailed how, despite the ongoing crisis at the border, Obama plans to legalize anywhere from five to six million illegal alien adults in much the same way he did for illegal alien minors through the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) in summer 2012.
‘Obama made it clear he would press his executive powers to the limit,’ Garrett wrote on July 3, as cited by Sessions. ‘He gave quiet credence to recommendations from La Raza and other immigration groups that between 5 million to 6 million adult illegal immigrants could be spared deportation under a similar form of deferred adjudication he ordered for the so-called Dreamers in June 2012.’
Sessions cites another paragraph from that National Journal piece as well, in which Garrett reported that President Obama has ‘now ordered the Homeland Security and Justice departments to find executive authorities that could enlarge that non-prosecutorial umbrella by a factor of 10.’ ‘Senior officials also tell me Obama wants to see what he can do with executive power to provide temporary legal status to undocumented adults,’ Garrett wrote.” (Highlighting Forum’s.)
Alabama senator Sessions declares (see full text of letter within Breitbart post here)–
“… there is a clear path forward to prevent the continued dissolution of America’s borders. Certainly, DACA and the president’s other numerous unlawful policies must be terminated. But as a first step, Congress must not acquiesce to spending more taxpayer dollars until the President unequivocally rescinds his threat of more illegal executive action.
Congress must demand that the President use his lawful powers to begin enforcing the law now — instead of passing legislation on the promise of future enforcement –and that he back down from his plan to widen his disastrous DACA program, which would of course escalate the existing border disaster to unthinkable proportions.
If Congress simply passes a supplemental spending bill without these preconditions, it is not a question of if the President will suspend more immigration laws, but only how many he will suspend. Congress cannot surrender to this lawlessness. Acting in defense of Congress, our constituents, and their communities, we must stand firm. This transcends politics. It is about our duty as constitutional office holders. It is about the solemn oath we all took as members of Congress.” (Highlighting Forum’s)
In a post here yesterday, Matthew Boyle reports “Key Amnesty Critic Warns: Border Bill Could Open Door to Dreaded Conference Committee”–
“While the 2008 law has dominated discussions about legislative remedies to the border crisis, in which 57,000 unaccompanied children have been smuggled into the U.S. so far this year resulting in frequent abuse and a significant number of deaths, many immigration hawks say the 2008 law is a red herring distraction from the larger cause of the majority of these problems: President Obama’s widespread rejection of enforcement of American immigration laws. Tuesday evening, Numbers USA director of government relations, Rosemary Jenks, warned that Cornyn’s plan could open up the Congress to the entire Gang of Eight bill again via a conference committee. ‘Cornyn, like so many other Republicans, has been distracted by this shiny object, which is the 2008 anti-trafficking law,’ Jenks added in a phone interview. ‘It is just ridiculous to assume that changing this law that affects less than 20 percent of all the illegals coming across the border right now is going to fix the problem.’ On Wednesday morning, the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) published a new report arguing that the 2008 law is inapplicable to the current crisis at the border as pushed by the Obama administration and certain members of Congress.” (Highlighting Forum’s)
Jenks also warned–
“The House bill could be introduced by the end of the week and voted on as early as next week. That’s a pathway that Jenks warns could open up the entire Gang of Eight bill again. ‘If it goes through the House first, it will be conferenced in the Senate,’ Jenks told Breitbart News. ‘Think about what that means. I cannot imagine why people don’t get this. McCain and Graham and Schumer are talking in the pages of The New York Times about how they will attach part or all of their bill to whatever comes through on this. … This is why the whole idea that you can do targeted policy changes is ludicrous.'” (Highlighting Forum’s)
Finally, savvy Congress watcher Daniel Horowitz of the Madison Project cautioned today “Republicans Must Avoid Shiny Objects in Immigration Debate” here–
“Republicans in Washington have been stymied by the President’s impertinence towards the rule of law and disrespect for the legislative authority of Congress. The only tool that Congress can utilize against an imperial presidency is the power of the purse, yet Republicans have been reluctant to engage in such brinkmanship. But now the President has given Republicans their best point of leverage yet–he is asking for new funding to clean up the immigration mess created by his lawless amnesties. It’s time Republicans embrace the leverage instead of squandering it.
In June 2011, the Obama administration sent a memo (‘Morton Memos’) to DHS law enforcement ostensibly suspending deportations against those illegals who would qualify for the Dream Act–a law that never passed Congress. This policy, which was eventually formalized into the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, was fully institutionalized on June 15, 2012.
It’s bad enough for a president to violate even minor laws and serve as his own ad hoc law-making body. But it is downright dangerous for a president to shred our immigration laws, which are so fundamental to preserving our sovereignty and protecting our national security. Obama was clearly in violation of federal law (8 U.S.C. § 1225) which requires ICE to place aliens who are not ‘clearly and beyond a doubt entitled to be admitted’ to the United States into removal proceedings. In its place, he unilaterally created his own law, yet most Republicans huffed and puffed but did not fight back with the power of the purse.
Fast-forward two years and we are now witnessing the failure of such lawlessness in spectacular fashion. Hundreds of thousands of people from Central America are chomping at the bit to take advantage of the new open borders policy while the going is good. Now Obama is forced to ask Congress for more money to ‘clean up’ his mess. It goes without saying that the first demand of all Republicans should be the suspension of DACA and the repeal of Obama’s other lawless acts–the very impetus for this request for funding.” (Highlighting Forum’s)
The message to House GOP members: appropriate no money to fix the president’s border mess until he rescinds the DACA and other unlawful immigration programs.
Equally important, approve no legislation to which the Senate can then attach their open-borders schemes.
In view of the gravity of the border invasion and the continuing dispersion of young illegals throughout the US, should the House not remain in session throughout August and later–until the current crisis is under control?
The House leadership shouldn’t hurry that chamber into perilous and unnecessary legislative “fixes” for the invasion, bills few would have read — just to get home for summer vacation.
As senator Sessions points out, this is a constitutional crisis.