New Amnesty Push Undermines Rule of Law
When Republicans caved on budget negotiations, endorsing the president’s plan to impose massive tax increases while making no commitments on spending cuts, some might have been tempted to think that this was an isolated incident – perhaps a winter flu bug that struck Republicans in the House of Representatives, attacking their spines. But now, with a “bi-partisan” illegal alien amnesty plan working its way through the upper branch of Congress, it is clear that the infection has reached a few Republicans in the United States Senate as well.
Per USA TODAY:
From the halls of Congress to the streets of Los Angeles, supporters of a plan to legalize the nation's 11 million illegal immigrants celebrated a rare glimmer of hope Monday as a bipartisan group of legislators [in the U.S. Senate] outlined a broad plan to overhaul the nation's immigration laws for the first time in a generation.
As President Obama prepared to deliver his own immigration push during a speech in Las Vegas today, many felt a sense of euphoria at the prospect of the first nationwide, comprehensive immigration plan since the Reagan administration.
Now proponents of the “reforms” aren’t calling this legislation “instant legalization,” as conservative journalist Charles Krauthammer properly characterized it. They’re not that imprudent. They know (as we demonstrated in our Election Day poll conducted with Breitbart News) that most Americans, including a good number of Hispanics, want the immigration laws enforced. Instead, you’ll hear Senators use words like “pathway to citizenship.” (Politicians love those weasel words. Remember the term “selective deportation?” Same principle here.)
Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) has bought into the amnesty lie and is being used by the Left to provide cover for their open borders proposal.
“Hoping to launch a major overhaul of the nation's immigration system, Florida U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio and seven fellow senators unveiled on Monday a ‘tough but fair’ bipartisan plan to allow millions of illegal immigrants in Florida and elsewhere a chance to get legal and earn their way toward citizenship,” wrote the Florida Sun-Sentinel.
“Rubio's mission is to reassure tea party conservatives that these proposals don't amount to a blanket ‘amnesty,’ while rallying reluctant Republicans and helping their party gain the trust of Hispanic voters. In a sense, the rising Republican star is working in tandem with President Barack Obama, who flies to Las Vegas today to pitch similar changes in immigration law.”
And therein lies part of the problem. If you’re on the same page with President Obama on immigration reform, you’re on the wrong page. Still, instead of persuading the president to change his ways, Senator Rubio is now on a “charm offensive” to sell a bill of goods to conservatives, from Mark Levin to Rush Limbaugh to Sean Hannity, with varying degrees of success. You might imagine that even the smoothest politician might have a hard time explaining that an amnesty plan hatched originally by Ted Kennedy and being shepherded now by Chuck Schumer, a liberal partisan senator from New York, is good policy.
So sure enough, not all Americans are buying what the “Gang of 8” is selling.
Last Monday, as news spread of the proposals, Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) made clear where he stands: “No comprehensive plan can pass Congress as long as this administration continues to defy existing federal law. What good are promises of future enforcement when the Administration covertly undermines those laws now in place?”
On Tuesday, Senator Sessions took matters a step further, calling for the resignation of the “father of stealth amnesty,” Director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement John Morton.
Here’s a squib from the senator’s floor statement:
….as we consider the serious issue of immigration reform, it is important for us to understand where we are as a country with regard to the laws that we have and how they’re being enforced. I will share some thoughts about that today because the American people and members of Congress need to fully understand what’s happening. It is well documented that the Obama Administration has either unilaterally weakened or outright waived immigration enforcement—at the border, in the interior, at the worksite, and at the welfare office—of existing immigration laws…
…At the center of this misconduct is John Morton, the Director of ICE. The evidence that I am about to share with you leads me to the unfortunate conclusion that Mr. Morton can no longer effectively serve at his post and—perhaps more importantly—there can be no comprehensive immigration reform as long as he is the person charged with enforcing it.
(Click here to read the full statement, which includes a detailed timeline of the Obama administration’s transgressions related to illegal alien amnesty, as spearheaded by Morton.)
There is no question that the Senate plan is unjust. Illegal aliens have broken our laws and they must be held accountable, like other criminals. But here’s something else. Simply talking about providing a “pathway to citizenship” to illegal aliens is only going to worsen the already out-of-control illegal immigration crisis by inducing greater numbers of illegal aliens to flood across the border to take advantage of the program. How do we know this?
Back in 2005, Judicial Watch uncovered a Border Patrol survey conducted by the Bush administration in 2004 to determine what impact amnesty would have on illegal immigration. Want to take a guess at the outcome? Even the rumor of Bush’s amnesty program led to a sharp spike in illegal immigration.
So what do you think is going to happen when illegal alien amnesty becomes the actual law of the land?
Amnesty is unworkable, unjust, undermines the rule of law, and will harm the public safety. That is why amnesty was rejected in the Bush administration, was rejected in Obama’s first term (the Dream Act), and why it should be rejected today.
Now is the time, before this amnesty plan gets off the ground, to let your U.S. Senators know how you feel about this issue. Call the U.S. Senate operator at (202) 224-3121 and ask to speak to your senators. And then ask your family and friends to do the same. The Establishment in Washington, DC, wants to avoid a debate and pretend this issue is a done deal. It will be up to everyday Americans to let them know otherwise.