Embattled GOP Rep. Kevin Yoder is suggesting he will fix the catch-and-release language which he inserted into the 2019 appropriations bill — but he is not offering any details or offering to fix several other cheap-labor provisions which he added to the spending bill.
“Should the bill come to the House floor for consideration, we plan to offer a manager’s amendment to address the asylum language,” said an August 2 statement to Breitbart News from Yoder’s office.
The vague offer from the Kansas Representative was dismissed by Jessica Vaughan, policy director of the Center for Immigration Studies:
The asylum provision is not the only problem with the spending bill that Yoder put together. It sounds like he’s trying to figure out where the line in the sand is … to address the minimum number of concerns needed to get the bill over the finishing line.
Nearly all of the 30 GOP members of the House Appropriations Committee are backing Yoder’s catch-and-release plan, chiefly by allowing a voice vote of the catch-and-release amendment. The only opposition came from Rep. John Carter, a Texas Republican who was chairman of Yoder’s DHS appropriations subcommittee in 2017.
Advocates for immigration-reform are concerned that GOP leaders will are backing Yoder’s giveaways, and will delay a fight over the border-spending bill until after the election. Once the election is over, reformers fear House Speaker Paul Ryan will unite with Democratic leaders to force President Donald Trump to either shut down the government or else sign a bill that defunds the wall and immigration-enforcement, revives migration by restoring Obama’s catch-and-release policies, and freezes American wages by opening up several cheap-labor visa-programs for college graduates and blue-collar workers.
On July 25, Yoder endorsed an amendment to the 2019 spending bill for the Department of Homeland Security. The amendment was drafted by a Democrat, Rep. David Price, and would revive former President Barack Obama’s catch-and-release policies by barring government officials from spending any time or money implementing the successful July asylum reform implemented by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
Yoder’s revival of Obama’s catch-and-release policies would allow a huge number of migrants to live and work in the United States if they bring a child to the border and merely ask for asylum because they have a “credible fear” of persecution by criminal gangs or of abuse by a spouse.
The asylum-seeker does not have to prove his or her case to be allowed to file a claim, but once the claim is filed, officials are forced to release the migrants if they bring a child with them because a California judge insists they cannot keep a child in detention for more than 20 days. Officials prefer to keep the migrants in detention because few released migrants actually file their cases, attend hearings and go home once their asylum claim is denied. Since 2001, this policy has allowed more than 400,000 migrants into the United States to work in the nation’s cheap-labor industries.
Yoder also pushed a green-card amendment that opens the door to more outsourcing of college-graduate jobs, amendments to expand the blue-collar H-2A and H-2B visa-worker programs, and an amendment to block detention of migrant families.
Republican DHS Funding Bill Includes Quasi-Amnesty for DACA Illegal Aliens https://t.co/HLY25vfXln
— Mickey Kaus (@kausmickey) August 2, 2018
Yoder did not seek any pro-American concessions from Democrats or business groups when he pushed these cheap-labor amendments.
Those cheap-labor measures have gotten far less exposure from the establishment media that Yoder’s promise of $5 billion for the border wall, largely because most reporters prefer to focus on migrants’ concerns rather than Americans’ priorities.
Yoder’s July 25 giveaway bill can be altered by the rules committee — which is controlled by House Speaker Paul Ryan — and will then may be sent to the floor for a vote. However, the bill may be delayed until it is rolled into an end-of-year omnibus bill after the November election.
Vaughan highlighted several concerns about the brief statement by Yoder’s office that “we plan to offer a manager’s amendment to address the asylum language.”
Yoder is ignoring his obligation to not try to legislation or change policy in the funding bill, said Vaughan. Yoder’s green-card changes and catch-and-release asylum reversals “don’t belong in the spending bill,” she said.
Yoder’s statement does not include any details about Yoder’s corrective language, not any promise to reveal it early enough so that it can be studied and debated, said Vaughan. “He is trying to get people to agree to changes that are sight-unseen — it is pretty unrealistic,” said Vaughan.
Yoder’s promised manager’s amendment may not fix the catch-and-release problem, but the GOP “leadership will pressure people to vote for because it is in must-pass legislation,” she said. “They hitch [unpopular] provisions like this to these kinds of bills so that people have no opportunity to discuss … the garbage.”
Yoder, said Vaughan, also “does address all of these guest-worker provisions and the [green card] country caps [in the bill] — he’s not making any effort to address the concerns about those [and] they are just as big a problem as the asylum amendment because it is a direct hit on Americans’ jobs.”
American corps. are outsourcing healthcare jobs to Indians via the H-1B progam. Rep. Kevin Yoder's 'country caps' amendment will let them turbocharge healthcare outsourcing by offering green cards to Indians (& Filipinos) who will work the L-1 visa program https://t.co/xm0cQ0g570
— Neil Munro (@NeilMunroDC) August 2, 2018
“I think he has drunk the [pro-migrant] cool-aid completely on the [green-card] visa,” issue, Vaughan said about Yoder’s green-card plan. That plan would put at least 400,000 Indians visa-workers and family members on a fast-track to green cards and citizenship, and likely expand the outsourcing programs that have transferred many hundreds of thousands of college-graduate jobs to Indian visa-workers:
I think he really thinks he is doing the right and noble thing. He’s not looking for face-saving way out – he thinks he’s a hero and he wants to be a hero [and] he’s trying to dupe his fellow members into agreeing with it.
Yoder is running for election in a Kansas district which voted for Sen. Hillary Clinton in 2016.
Breitbart News asked all 30 of the GOP members on the committee if they opposed Yoder’s giveaways:
- Rodney P. Frelinghuysen, New Jersey, Chairman
- Harold Rogers, Kentucky
- Robert B. Aderholt, Alabama
- Kay Granger, Texas
- Michael K. Simpson, Idaho
- John Abney Culberson, Texas
- John R. Carter, Texas
- Ken Calvert, California
- Tom Cole, Oklahoma
- Mario Diaz-Balart, Florida
- Tom Graves, Georgia
- Kevin Yoder, Kansas
- Steve Womack, Arkansas
- Jeff Fortenberry, Nebraska
- Thomas J. Rooney, Florida
- Charles J. Fleischmann, Tennessee
- Jaime Herrera Beutler, Washington
- David P. Joyce, Ohio
- David G. Valadao, California
- Andy Harris, MD, Maryland
- Martha Roby, Alabama
- Mark E. Amodei, Nevada
- Chris Stewart, Utah
- David Young, Iowa
- Evan H. Jenkins, West Virginia
- Steven Palazzo, Mississippi
- Dan Newhouse, Washington
- John R. Moolenaar, Michigan
- Scott Taylor, Virginia
- John Rutherford, Florida
The Yoder giveaways were not cited by the committee when it touted the committee’s work:
— House Appropriations (@HouseAppropsGOP) July 25, 2018
– Increased support for rescue beacons in border crossing areas
– New funding for mental health care for children in @CBP custody and language to prioritize family reunification
– Full funding for @USCIS, which handles the 8M+ individuals each year who enter this country legally
— House Appropriations (@HouseAppropsGOP) July 25, 2018
Breitbart News checked the members’ Twitter accounts to see if they voiced any concerns or opposition to Yoder’s cheap-labor giveaways. None Tweeted any opposition, and only two acknowledged the cheap-labor visa programs.
— John Culberson (@CongCulberson) July 25, 2018
Today the @HouseAppropsGOP passed its 12th and final appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2019, the Homeland Security funding bill. The bill includes $5 billion for new border wall construction and security. I am proud to help @POTUS keep his promise to build the Wall. pic.twitter.com/9jXeydl8dY
— Rep. Robert Aderholt (@Robert_Aderholt) July 25, 2018
With the passage of this year’s NDAA, our military is poised to be at its highest readiness level in more than a decade. It's our fundamental commitment to ensure that our armed forces have the adequate resources they need to meet the demands of today’s missions. pic.twitter.com/OuWGihuvdf
— Rep. Tom Cole (@TomColeOK04) July 26, 2018
Building off the $1.6B down-payment we made last year, this year's Homeland Security Appropriations bill includes another $5B to continue construction of the border wall, which is a key part of @POTUS plan to secure the border. https://t.co/GcwcxiSE4j
— Tom Graves (@RepTomGraves) July 25, 2018
Border issues were a key part of the debate during yesterday’s Homeland Security Appropriations Bill. https://t.co/4gMIEtdnsk
— Jeff Fortenberry (@JeffFortenberry) July 26, 2018
Temperatures continue rising in the Valley this week. Be sure to stay cool, drink plenty of water, and check on your neighbors! Visit https://t.co/a2rqMJFwyA to find a cooling center near you! pic.twitter.com/6M9FOqGdvs
— Rep. David Valadao (@RepDavidValadao) July 25, 2018
Yesterday, in @HouseAppropsGOP, we passed the Homeland Security funding bill – our 12th & final appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2019. The bill includes a number of important measures, such as $5 billion for border security & wall construction. I was proud to support it.
— Rep. Martha Roby (@RepMarthaRoby) July 26, 2018
Headed down to a @HouseAppropsGOP full Committee markup of the FY 2019 Homeland Security Appropriations Bill, legislation that provides critical funding for the programs and agencies that protect our citizens. Tune in live at 10 AM ET (7 AM PT): https://t.co/ODnI4EI5bH
— RepMarkAmodei (@MarkAmodeiNV2) July 25, 2018
4.1% growth in the 2nd quarter is great news for the American economy, and the companies and people that fuel it! It's also the fastest rate of growth since the 3rd quarter of 2014 and the third-best growth rate since the Great Recession.
Let's keep it going! pic.twitter.com/SBJpD8H6mA
— Scott Taylor (@RepScottTaylor) July 27, 2018
BIG NEWS: Dates for the 2018 red snapper season have been announced! https://t.co/Op1TdCV8PV
— Rep. John Rutherford (@RepRutherfordFL) July 23, 2018
Two of the committee members lauded the cheap-labor bills they won by expanding the H-2A labor visa to include year-round farmers and to dairy farms, and the H-2B program for companies that do seasonal work, such as landscaping and forest maintenance.
Farmers facing a shortage of ag labor have not been well-served by the current H2A legal guest worker program. House Appropriations Committee approved a bipartisan amendment I introduced w/ @RepCuellar to apply H2A to all of ag. #WA04 Via @The_CBH https://t.co/fPWAW2RcfQ
— Rep Dan Newhouse (@RepNewhouse) July 27, 2018
Today, @HouseAppropsGOP passed my amendment to repair the #H2B visa program. The seafood processing industry and other employers on the Eastern Shore depend on H-2B workers when they are unable to hire Americans, and this year’s shortage is hurting small businesses. pic.twitter.com/JT1eie5y1j
— Rep. Andy Harris, MD (@RepAndyHarrisMD) July 25, 2018
A few days later, after Breitbart News, spotlighted Yoder’s revival of catch-and-release, Yoder issued a statement suggesting he would walk away from his support for the Obama’s policy:
Three quick things on my DHS Funding bill that passed this week: https://t.co/PBhaHzImzM
— Kevin Yoder (@KevinYoder) July 27, 2018
GOP Rep. Yoder retreats partway on restoring Obama's catch & release pro-migration policies. But no backtracking yet on his votes to widen three other cheap-labor loopholes — H-2A, H-2B, H-1B/L-1 — in the nation's immigration laws. Wages too damn high. https://t.co/2Qif21WTYx
— Neil Munro (@NeilMunroDC) July 28, 2018