Past Features

September 7, 2017

Deja Vu All Over Again?
Amnesty before border security?

In 2013, in a 68-32 vote, the Senate passed an immigration reform bill.
Think Progress -- September 5, 2017
White House press secretary says Trump will now use DREAMers as bargaining chip for border wall
    In a statement released on the heels of Attorney General Jeff Sessions' announcement that the Trump administration will “rescind” the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and thereby throw the lives of nearly one million people into uncertainly, President Trump called on Congress to act.
    “The legislative branch, not the executive branch, writes these laws — that is the bedrock of our Constitutional system, which I took a solemn oath to preserve, protect, and defend,” Trump said. “I look forward to working with Republicans and Democrats in Congress to finally address all of these issues in a matter that puts the hardworking citizens of our country first.” [...]
    During a White House news briefing later Tuesday, Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was asked to provide details about what sort of bill Trump is willing to sign. She repeatedly indicated that Trump views DACA recipients as a bargaining chip for his border wall and possibly other legislative goodies.
    “The president is hoping to work with Congress on responsible immigration reform,” Sanders said. “We can't just have one tweak to the immigration system, we need really big fixes and big reform in this process, and we've laid out the principles that we feel are important in that.”
    A short time later, CNN's Jim Acosta followed up by asking by asking, “It sounds like the president is saying and you're saying that, ‘If we're going to allow the DREAMers to stay in this country, we want a wall.' Is that accurate?”
    Sanders didn't deny that it was.
    “I don't think that the president has been shy about the fact that he wants a wall and certainly that's something that he feels is an important part of an immigration reform package,” she said.

Glenn Spencer -- September 7, 2017
Border Security Held Hostage
   First it was the Secure Fence Act of 2006 --- we were to build 700 miles of double-layered border fence. I didn't believe it, so I launched Operation BEEF.
    One year later, Senator Elizabeth Dole used Operation BEEF to stop the amnesty vote.
    In 2013, in a 68-32 vote, the Senate passed an immigration reform bill that included about $40 billion for border security that was supposed to be used as a trigger, but it turned out amnesty would happen anyway. -- It was halted in the House.
    American Border Patrol took a close at $500 million CBP spent on what we call "Obama's Wall". It's outrageously stupid.
    Now the Senate if balking over President Trump's request for $1.4 billion to repair existing fencing, and some want it linked to a DACA amnesty bill.
    It should now be obvious to even the most casual observer that the Washington, D.C. swamp will hold America's border security hostage until it can get some kind of amnesty.