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UNITED STATES - SEPTEMBER 7: Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, leaves the House Republican Conference meeting in the Capitol on Wednesday morning, Sept. 7, 2016. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Rep. Lamar Smith: ‘Guardedly Optimistic’ Left-Wing Judges Won’t Expand Parameters of GOP DACA Amnesty Bill

In expressing support for the GOP-led Securing America’s Future (SAF) Act, Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) described himself as “guardedly optimistic” that left-wing judges — in the event of the SAF Act’s passage into law — will not usher in a “massive amnesty” by expanding the proposed bill’s parameters for amnestying illegal alien recipients of the Obama administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

NumbersUSA Backs House DACA Amnesty Bill: ‘No Way’ Congress Will Give Us E-Verify, End Chain Migration ‘Without Trade-Offs’

“If this bill passes as is, we will be in a better position,” said Rosemary Jenks, the director of government relations for NumbersUSA, of the Republican-led Securing America’s Future (SAF) Act. The proposed bill grants amnesty for illegal alien recipients of the Obama administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

Demonstrators march during an immigration rally in support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), and Temporary Protected Status (TPS), programs, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017. ( AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

Kris Kobach: ‘Amnesties Are Always Bad Policy’; ‘Knife in the Back of Trump’s Base’

“Amnesties are always bad policy,” said Kris Kobach, Kansas Secretary of State and 2018 gubernatorial candidate for Kansas. He described acceptance of a “DACA-style amnesty” in the absence of implementation of “extraordinary” immigration enforcement and border security measures — including ending chain migration, implementation of a national mandate for use of E-Verify by employers, and construction of a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border — as a betrayal of President Donald Trump’s promises to his base of supporters.

John Zmirak: #NeverTrump National Review Licked ‘the Mud Off of George W. Bush’s Boots’ While He Allowed Iraq’s Christians to Be Ethnically Cleansed

National Review “let themselves be turned into the propaganda wing of the neo-conservative movement” during the George W. Bush administration, while ignoring the ethnic cleansing of Iraq’s Christian communities under Bush’s watch, said John Zmirak, Senior Editor of The Stream and author of the new “Politically Incorrect Guide to Catholicism.”