Democrats say no to immigration bill, think Americans are too stupid to notice


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., August 3, 2014—On Friday the U.S. House of Representatives passed two bills to deal with the border crisis.

Democrats, who have been urging the Republican-led House to deal with immigration for months, immediately declared the bills “dead on arrival” in the Senate.

Polls show that the vast majority of Americans want action taken to control the influx of illegals. In addition, a Rasmussen poll this week reveals that U.S. voters rate the immigration crisis as our biggest national security problem. Thirty-seven percent rated the illegal immigration problem as the biggest threat, while 31% viewed Russia as the bigger problem and 23% thought the situation in Gaza is the bigger danger.

All of those issues are serious, but only the border crisis presents an existential threat to the country. In international law, the definition of what constitutes a “state” includes three elements: a defined population, defined borders, and a legitimate government.

An open border which allows uncontrolled entry that is not managed by the government threatens all three.

While the majority of the American people want the border problem solved, two powerful constituencies like things just the way they are. Big business supports a plentiful supply of cheap labor and Democrats want a plentiful supply of new dependent voters.

But Republicans last week were also pressured by the grassroots. The resulting compromise bills seem a reasonable step toward solving the crisis.

According to Colorado Rep. Doug Lamborn’s office, the key provisions of the two bills are these:

H.R. 5230 House Border Legislation [Passed the House 223 to 189]

  • Provides funding to place National Guard troops at the southern border
  • Cuts back President Obama’s funding request and specifically targets all funding to fixing immediate problems at the southern border
  • Provides additional funding for Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials
  • Includes a “last-in, first-out” policy that prioritizes the removal of minors that most recently arrived
  • Amends the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008 so all unaccompanied alien children (UACs) are treated the same as Mexicans for the purpose of removals
  • Increases the number of temporary immigration judges and officials to expedite the return of illegal immigrants to their home countries
  • Prohibits the housing of unauthorized immigrants on military bases if the use of the military installation will interfere with military activities at the installation
  • Nothing in this legislation advances the cause of amnesty
  • All funds are fully paid for by taking back unspent funds from various agencies

Texas Rep. Henry Cuellar, who has been working with Texas Sen. John Cornyn, was the only House Democrat to vote for HR 5230.

H.R. 5272 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Legislation [Passed the House 216 to 192]

  • DACA, implemented by a 2012 Executive Order from President Obama, allows illegal immigrants under the age of 16 to receive work authorization and a minimum of two year deportation deferrals
  • This legislation will prevent the President from taking executive action to expand his deferred action for illegal immigrants
  • Will stop President Obama’s lawless amnesty policies

While the first bill (HR 5230) got most of the attention, the second is equally important. Rep. Michelle Bachmann made it clear that this bill is intended to prevent the president from taking unilateral action. On the floor of the House, Ms. Bachmann said,

“Last weekend I think the nation was stunned when our president said that he would unilaterally use his power, raw power, to effectively grant amnesty to five million to six million foreign nationals here in the United States illegally. He said that he would do that with his power and what happened this week is that this body came together and we decided to answer the president’s unconstitutional call….In other words, Mr. Speaker, we will put a handcuff on one of the president’s hands.”

The other handcuff will have to come from the Senate, which is already in recess.

Bottom line: House Republicans finally passed a bill that makes sense.

Democrats, who have been saying that they want an immigration reform bill, immediately signaled that they don’t want to play. Real compromise is not in their vocabulary. The only reason the president gets away with saying that he is willing to work with Congress is that Sen. Harry Reid makes sure he doesn’t have to.

Who is the real obstructionist, Mr. Reid?

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  • tukmol

    dems obstructionist??? isn’t republicans pledge to destroy Obama on day 1? so who is obstructionist and doesn’t want bipartisan bills? repubilcans pledge they will do anything to make the President fail whatever it takes in the expense of this country and it’s citizens. they started it so they are responsible for everything that is happening bad in this country.

    • acmaurer

      Please stick to the facts, comrade.

    • John Lee

      That’s the nature of politics sir. You clearly haven’t been paying attention or are 12 years old. Which is it?

  • Aunt Jj

    Reid has a lot of Bills stacked ,an Collecting Dust! He works for Obama, not The People!

  • John Lee

    Absolutely right, passed 2 bills to deal with the crisis, and the bills were dead on arrival in the senate. Any thinking man knows that the democrats are obstructionist, every thinking man knows that Obama doesn’t want the crisis to end, because his administration created it. It’s just a pitiful state of the union, and looking at some of the other retarded comments, it’s a sad state of mind for the modern liberal. Their only defense of this corrupt administration is that republicans didn’t like Obama from day one….Who cares? Did democrats like George Bush from day one? Did republicans like Clinton from day one? Did democrats like Reagan from day one? And did they all want to destroy the other party? They ALL did! Such is the nature of politics, and is surely no defense for willful lawlessness of this administration. It’s quite amazing the illogical mental hurdles people are willing to jump through to root for their ‘team’.

    • Mark Elwood

      Reid has tabled more than 300 House-passed bills, and the House is do-nothing?

  • Colorado Conservative

    Worth noting is that 11 Republicans voted against the second bill (the handcuff for Obama). Sadly two of them were from Colorado. One is challenging sitting Democrat Senator Mark Udall later this year. Both claim to be conservatives. Both have campaigned that they will stop Obama. This vote showed both are full of it.