Conservative Louisiana Senate candidate Rob Maness, a retired Air Force Colonel, opposes the House’s $659 million border bill, and he called on Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) to stand with Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Jeff Sessions (R-AL) and publicly oppose it.
“With President Obama threatening unilateral executive action to grant a massive amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants, the next action Congress takes should address this threat of lawlessness,” Maness said on Wednesday, emphasizing that it was a “silent surrender” to a lawless executive. “Congressman Cassidy should publicly and immediately join me in opposing this hollow border bill and fight for real solutions that addresses the President’s threat of using executive over-reach to grant widespread amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants.”
The bill does nothing to prevent Obama from granting work permits to millions of illegal immigrants via executive fiat, and Sessions has said, for that reason, the House’s legislation was a “surrender” to Obama’s lawlessness and “unworthy of support.”
Maness, Cassidy, and incumbent Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) will square off in a jungle primary in November. If no candidate receives more than 50% of vote, the top two finishers will advance to a December runoff.
Maness, who has been endorsed by Sarah Palin and Tony Perkins and numerous Tea Party groups, was one of the first candidates to sign the Federation for American Immigration Reform’s (FAIR) anti-amnesty pledge while Cassidy has been scrambling on the illegal immigration issue.