Senate committee, with GOP help, kills amendment that would require border enforcement before legalizing illegals

posted at 5:21 pm on May 9, 2013 by Allahpundit

No, the GOP help didn’t come from Rubio. This was a Judiciary Committee vote and he’s not a member. Lindsey Graham and Jeff Flake are, though, and they each voted with Democrats to torpedo Grassley’s amendment demanding that probationary legal status not be granted until the border has been effectively secured for six months. Remember, the Gang of Eight bill doesn’t flatly require border security at any point. Illegals get probationary legal status quickly, after DHS submits an initial security plan. Then, if, after five years, the border hasn’t been substantially secured, a “Border Commission” will huddle and issue further security recommendations. Five years after that, if the border’s still not secure, the citizenship process begins regardless of what the state of the border is. Today was the day the Judiciary Committee could have added real teeth to the bill’s enforcement provisions and, of course, they refused.

As for Graham and Flake, they’re both members of the Gang of Eight and Graham hasn’t been shy about his reluctance to see the bill modified, on the theory that one false move at this point from conservative border hawks or liberal amnesty shills could destroy the compromise the Gang reached. In a sane world where Democrats cared even remotely about border control for its own sake, rather than merely as a bargaining chip for amnestizing illegals, Grassley’s amendment wouldn’t be necessary. Its provisions would already be part of the main bill. (In fact, according to Rasmussen, fully 66 percent of likely voters think border security should come before amnesty.) But we don’t live in that world, so instead his amendment was treated as a poison pill, i.e. if it passed the committee and ended up in the bill, Democrats would walk and immigration reform would be dead. So the amendment had to die, with Graham’s and Flake’s help:

The amendment by Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, would have required control of the U.S.-Mexico border for six months before anyone could seek legal status. Grassley said the measure was designed to ensure that the border really is secured. But a lead supporter of the legislation, Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York, said the real impact would be to “delay, probably forever, any legalization” for immigrants now living in the country without authorization, who would eventually be eligible for citizenship under the bill.

The Judiciary Committee vote to defeat the amendment was 12 to 6, with Republican Sens. Jeff Flake of Arizona and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina voting with Democrats…

The vote on the Grassley amendment was likely the first of several in which the Republican authors sided with Democrats on the committee to vote down amendments from their own side. Schumer and Durbin also are expected to lend their votes to Republicans to defeat Democratic amendments that could improve the bill for immigrant families but make it less palatable for Republicans to support.

That Schumer quote is pure spun gold. We can’t delay legalization until the border is effectively under control because, let’s face it, the border will never be effectively under control. The border-security provisions are a sham, by his own admission. Rubio’s going to offer his own amendments to the bill, incidentally, one of which will call for double-fencing certain stretches of the border — which is interesting, because the border was already required to have double-fencing in 2006. In an effort to look tougher on security, he’s now resorting to measures that the feds have already proved they have no interest in implementing. The other big amendment still to come is Leahy’s bill to extend immigration sponsorship to spouses of gay illegals. There’s lots of sturm and drang about it in political media today, and how passing it through committee might destroy the whole bill. It’s a total charade, but you already knew that.

Voting no on Grassley’s amendment, by the way, were committee members Grassley, Orrin Hatch, Jeff Sessions, John Cornyn, Mike Lee, and Ted Cruz. Here’s Cruz’s opening statement at the hearing, endorsing “common-sense immigration reform” and arguing that, thanks to the Gang of Eight’s “toothless” security measures, any such reform is all but impossible.


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BISHOP!!!!

Firecracker729 on May 9, 2013 at 5:21 PM

Shorter Grahamnesty/Flaky – “In 20 years, we want to deal with 30 million illegals.”

Steve Eggleston on May 9, 2013 at 5:23 PM

Voting no on Grassley’s amendment, by the way, were committee members Grassley, Orrin Hatch, Jeff Sessions, John Cornyn, Mike Lee, and Ted Cruz.

That should say “Voting yes on Grassley’s amendment ….”

J.S.K. on May 9, 2013 at 5:24 PM

The border-security provisions are a sham

Shhhhh, you’ll disturb DWTS and The Voice viewers.

Limerick on May 9, 2013 at 5:24 PM

Sh-t sandwich. Eat it. Like it. Don’t complain.

toliver on May 9, 2013 at 5:25 PM

The vital fact is that Rubio remains the main pusher, faceman and spokesmouth for Super Amnesty Plus. He is more dangerous to the Republic than al Qaeda even though Hannaity and Limbaugh and Levin take turns humping his leg.

VorDaj on May 9, 2013 at 5:27 PM

End the GOP.

totherightofthem on May 9, 2013 at 5:29 PM

Yeah these people are serious about fixing immigration.

Happy Nomad on May 9, 2013 at 5:29 PM

But Flake wants to blame his falling approval on his vote against the gun control bill.

Mark1971 on May 9, 2013 at 5:29 PM

Dear GOP,

Please remove the knife from our back.

Hugs and Kisses,

The American People

WordsMatter on May 9, 2013 at 5:30 PM

No wonder the Dems hate him; he calls them what they are, lying dumbasses.

Tater Salad on May 9, 2013 at 5:30 PM

man Cruz is spot on, the senate is the plae to focus our efforts…Arizona, you guys are 0-2 for senators. What is up with that? And South Carolina, please bounce Lindsay next election.

DanMan on May 9, 2013 at 5:31 PM

How about we fly predator drones back and forth along the border. No fences required.

Free Indeed on May 9, 2013 at 5:32 PM

Shhhhh, you’ll disturb confuse DWTS and The Voice viewers.

Limerick on May 9, 2013 at 5:24 PM

FIFY. “Border security provisions” means the materials needed to build the backyard fence to the Honey Boo Boo set.

Happy Nomad on May 9, 2013 at 5:33 PM

I’m seriously thinking of going back to voting Libertarian.

rbj on May 9, 2013 at 5:35 PM

How about we fly predator drones back and forth along the border. No fences required.

Free Indeed on May 9, 2013 at 5:32 PM

Because drones are racist when used on the border. Duh! Seriously, who would even suggest violating the privacy rights of undocumented migrants by putting drones on the border.

Happy Nomad on May 9, 2013 at 5:35 PM

Border security should not be tied to ‘comprehensive immigration reform.’ It is a constitutional duty of the Federal government to defend the borders. It is the duty of those in public office to enforce immigration law and defend the Constitution that they swore to uphold when they took their oaths. In other words, border security should not be a bargaining chip.

If some said ‘Look, we will protect the national security of the country or enforce homicide laws, but only if you vote for X,’ what would we say to them? If Republicans said to Democrats, ‘Well, we’ll consider voting for civil rights laws for X group, but only if you vote to double the defence budget,’ what would anyone say?

It is extortion.

Resist We Much on May 9, 2013 at 5:36 PM

Senate committee, with GOP help, kills amendment that would require border enforcement before legalizing illegals

And people complain about conservatives talking about starting a third party.

portlandon on May 9, 2013 at 5:38 PM

How about we fly predator drones back and forth along the border. No fences required.

Free Indeed on May 9, 2013 at 5:32 PM

The Dems would arm THOSE drones with air guns that shot out debit cards and welfare applications.

hawksruleva on May 9, 2013 at 5:38 PM

Dear GOP,

Please remove the knife from our back.

Hugs and Kisses,

The American People

WordsMatter on May 9, 2013 at 5:30 PM

Democrats stab you in the back.

Republicans stab you in the face.

They don’t care if you see it coming or not.

portlandon on May 9, 2013 at 5:39 PM

Some of the illegals here might be dual citizens of two other nations. Should they be able to earn US citizenship? They certainly already are citizens of at least one nation. The Republicans are even too cowardly to demand that all US citizens be solely US citizens.

Buddahpundit on May 9, 2013 at 5:39 PM

And people complain about conservatives talking about starting a third party.

portlandon on May 9, 2013 at 5:38 PM

If we had started that process 3 years ago, we’d be well along the way to having 2 parties again – Democrats vs. Conservatives.

hawksruleva on May 9, 2013 at 5:39 PM

That Schumer quote is pure spun gold. We can’t delay legalization until the border is effectively under control because, let’s face it, the border will never be effectively under control. The border-security provisions are a sham, by his own admission. Rubio’s going to offer his own amendments to the bill, incidentally, one of which will call for double-fencing certain stretches of the border — which is interesting, because the border was already required to have double-fencing in 2006. In an effort to look tougher on security, he’s now resorting to measures that the feds have already proved they have no interest in implementing. The other big amendment still to come is Leahy’s bill to extend immigration sponsorship to spouses of gay illegals. There’s lots of sturm and drang about it in political media today, and how passing it through committee might destroy the whole bill. It’s a total charade, but you already knew that.

^ Easily one of the most informative and straightforward paragraphs ever to appear on HA.

Axe on May 9, 2013 at 5:39 PM

“Illegals get probationary legal status quickly…”

If the bill is ever signed into law…

… all illegals will be eligible for a temporary work visa.

With this, they can then immediately walk right into any DMV in the Country, and get a drivers license, no waiting, no paying back taxes, no fines, no background check…

… During that process, under the Federal ‘Motor Voter’ law, they will be handed a Voter Registration Card, no questions asked.

There you have it, 30 million instant Democrat voters, and their family members soon to arrive…

Seven Percent Solution on May 9, 2013 at 5:40 PM

Don’t Rubio me.

VorDaj on May 9, 2013 at 5:42 PM

OT/Is anyone else having the pages temporarily display the wrong comment thread? It’s happened twice now, and it crossed my eyes twice.

Axe on May 9, 2013 at 5:43 PM

There you have it, 30 million instant Democrat voters, and their family members soon to arrive…

Seven Percent Solution on May 9, 2013 at 5:40 PM

Even that probably won’t be enough to get Levin, Hannity and Limbaugh to stop humping Rubio’s leg though.

VorDaj on May 9, 2013 at 5:45 PM

They just can’t do anything right, can they? What a pathetic group of feckless rumps.

scalleywag on May 9, 2013 at 5:46 PM

I’m seriously thinking of going back to voting Libertarian.

rbj on May 9, 2013 at 5:35 PM

I unregistered and no longer associated.
May re-register just for Rubio (closed primaries here) but then I am back out.

I see little diff anymore..
They don’t want me..they got it.

bazil9 on May 9, 2013 at 5:49 PM

man Cruz is spot on, the senate is the plae to focus our efforts…Arizona, you guys are 0-2 for senators. What is up with that? And South Carolina, please bounce Lindsay next election.

DanMan on May 9, 2013 at 5:31 PM

I, as a South Carolinian, have been disgusted with Grahamnesty for a VERY long time. He is basically a fanboy of McLame. If SC had a closed republican primary, we could get the bastard out.

He’s a RINO, an amnesty shill and a complete fraud. When he’s up for re-election, I’ll vote libertarian, republican for everything else.

Conservchik on May 9, 2013 at 5:49 PM

Deport the Gang of Eight and every despicable politician/government employee who supports destroying American sovereignty and our borders. They are not my countrymen.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on May 9, 2013 at 5:49 PM

I do not believe half of what I read on here about any of this. I really do not. Thus far the hardliners have not exactly been unbiased on the subject…btw, I hear that the guy who wrote that Heritage report believes that immigrants have lower IQs than their white native born counterparts. Sounds sort of like a bigot to me. Why would Heritage have anything to do with someone like that?

As for border enforcement…if the hardliners get their way and kill the bill there will be no more border enforcement…no more fence…not more double fence…no reform of the visa system…nada.

Terrye on May 9, 2013 at 5:49 PM

Sounds sort of like a bigot to me.

Terrye on May 9, 2013 at 5:49 PM

Show me the data, if you can. Otherwise, apologize for throwing the “bigot” accusation around just because it makes you feel good.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on May 9, 2013 at 5:53 PM

According to the math, the amendment would have died without the votes of Graham and Flake.

And that is why these two d-bags need to GO!!!!!!!!

Oh, and AP, please correct the “Voting No” comment…

ladyingray on May 9, 2013 at 5:53 PM

Hell, why not just write the bill in SPANISH!

GarandFan on May 9, 2013 at 5:55 PM

He’s a RINO, an amnesty shill and a complete fraud. When he’s up for re-election, I’ll vote libertarian, republican for everything else.

Conservchik on May 9, 2013 at 5:49 PM

That will teach him!!!
/

ladyingray on May 9, 2013 at 5:56 PM

I, as a South Carolinian, have been disgusted with Grahamnesty for a VERY long time. He is basically a fanboy of McLame. If SC had a closed republican primary, we could get the bastard out.

He’s a RINO, an amnesty shill and a complete fraud. When he’s up for re-election, I’ll vote libertarian, republican for everything else.

Conservchik on May 9, 2013 at 5:49 PM

Look, McCain’s mini-me is nothing more than Mike Nifong on a national scale. He constantly is pandering for votes and popularity. None of which that will ever come the way he hopes because people inherently hate toadies.

Happy Nomad on May 9, 2013 at 5:57 PM

500% increase in H1B’s?!? Guess out of work American citizens are just too expensive to hire so we better inshore more labor…

deuce on May 9, 2013 at 5:58 PM

Terrye on May 9, 2013 at 5:49 PM

And write “ILLEGALS” when you’re talking about illegals – who are NOT immigrants.

My G-d, it’s like pulling teeth just to get you people to use the proper language instead of perverting everything to try and sneak some stupid point (that is incorrect) in.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on May 9, 2013 at 5:58 PM

Forget the fence, landmines every 30 feet…if they have the testicles and make it, a “Bienvenidos” sign will welcome them…

hillsoftx on May 9, 2013 at 6:05 PM

It is interesting how different people see the same thing in such a different light. This is from Jennifer Rubin:

In a press release, Rubio’s office relayed the course of three of these amendments from friendly Republican Senators Charles E. Grassley (Iowa) and Jeff Flake (Ariz.):

Three amendments — the Grassley 2, Grassley 5, and Flake 2 — all improved the reporting of progress on border security. The Grassley 2 amendment requires reports on the border to be submitted to both the House and Senate Committees on the Judiciary. The Grassley 5 amendment requires the DHS CFO to submit annual audits of the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Trust Fund to Congress and make the report available on the Internet for the general public to review. The Flake 2 amendment revises the schedule for DHS’s submittal of the semiannual status report regarding the implementation of the Comprehensive Southern Border Security Strategy to 180 days after submission, and every 180 days thereafter. Flake 2 also adds the Comptroller General of the U.S. as a recipient of the status report, and adds a requirement for the Comptroller to conduct an annual review of the reports submitted by DHS, as well as require the Comptroller to submit an assessment of the status and progress of the implementation of the Southern Border Security Strategy.

His office separately identified another change: “Senators were able to identify ways to make the border fence more specific. The Cornyn-Leahy Amendment – created with Rubio’s help – ensures that border fencing and other resources are deployed effectively across the southern border and at ports of entry by insisting that no less than one billion dollars be used to deploy, repair or replace border fencing.”

What is interesting about these releases is that they recite the complaint and the GOP senators or outside groups who made the complaint (e.g., Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky and Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas). He is dealing with their concerns in methodical fashion.

Terrye on May 9, 2013 at 6:07 PM

They just ensured that this bill will never come before the House for a vote.

Another Drew on May 9, 2013 at 6:07 PM

Hell, why not just write the bill in SPANISH!

GarandFan on May 9, 2013 at 5:55 PM

Soon all highway signs, government forms etc. will be bilingual. The title of the immigration bill ought to be “America – Besame El Culo”

oldroy on May 9, 2013 at 6:08 PM

And write “ILLEGALS” when you’re talking about illegals – who are NOT immigrants.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on May 9, 2013 at 5:58 PM

I’ve gone out of my way to use the term illegals (a legal status) after that illegal actually went to a Congressional hearing and complained that Americans were not treating the illegals with respect by calling them illegals and not undocumented.

Happy Nomad on May 9, 2013 at 6:08 PM

And the GOP continue to convince me to continue to stay out of the Republican Party.

Not sure how the heck to go about creating a third party but it is getting to be obvious that no one else is creating one. But, I can’t support the Republican Party even though there are some good apples in there still….mixed in with the amazingly awful.

Varchild on May 9, 2013 at 6:08 PM

Show me the data, if you can. Otherwise, apologize for throwing the “bigot” accusation around just because it makes you feel good.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on May 9, 2013 at 5:53 PM

Heritage stumbles

There is a link..and here is something else:

Nationalist writings

Terrye on May 9, 2013 at 6:10 PM

I keep hearing and seeing Rubio ads. Someone is spending alot of money trying to convince us that this is the “conservative” alternative.

ctmom on May 9, 2013 at 6:13 PM

I’ve gone out of my way to use the term illegals (a legal status) after that illegal actually went to a Congressional hearing and complained that Americans were not treating the illegals with respect by calling them illegals and not undocumented.

Happy Nomad on May 9, 2013 at 6:08 PM

And people used to think that the definition of “chutzpah” as “a kid who murders his parents and then begs the court for mercy since he’s an orphan” was just a joke.

Life imitates art … sadly.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on May 9, 2013 at 6:14 PM

Terrye on May 9, 2013 at 6:10 PM

Don’t assign me homework and don’t give me cr@p links to WaPo and yahoo – both lying leftist ponds of scum. I asked you if you had DATA. Do you? I think not.

Be a mensch and apologize for your flippant use of “bigot” for something you have not a clue about. Don’t look to other smear merchants to try and support your baseless and incorrect argument.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on May 9, 2013 at 6:16 PM

Just happened to turn on Mark Levin and “surprise, surprise” he yet again called Rubio, the main pusher, faceman and spokesmouth of Super Amnesty Plus, my friend, right in the middle of railing against amnesty. Is this man demented?

VorDaj on May 9, 2013 at 6:18 PM

If you won’t even secure the border……how are not a traitor?

Flake and the others sell outs in the gop desire business campaign donations above saving the nation.

KILL THE BILL

KILL THE BILL

KILL THE BILL!!!

PappyD61 on May 9, 2013 at 6:19 PM

LEVIN has a crush on RUBIO!!!!!

Save the country you talk radio sell outs and stop kissing the ring of Rubio!!

PappyD61 on May 9, 2013 at 6:20 PM

If Rubio gets the nom in 2016, I’ll be sick.

Conservchik on May 9, 2013 at 6:23 PM

And for your next expose of an ongoing charade? See the president blathering about jobs in Texas. (also known as yet another excuse to campaign)

scalleywag on May 9, 2013 at 6:23 PM

VorDaj on May 9, 2013 at 6:18 PM

Pretty much! :)

scalleywag on May 9, 2013 at 6:24 PM

What is the matter with Levin? I am just stunned that he continues to have anything to do with Rubio. Marco is a useful idiot for Schmucky Schumer and the progtards.

Conservchik on May 9, 2013 at 6:26 PM

I keep hearing and seeing Rubio ads. Someone is spending alot of money trying to convince us that this is the “conservative” alternative.

ctmom on May 9, 2013 at 6:13 PM

YUP.

ladyingray on May 9, 2013 at 6:28 PM

To support Rubio and say one is against amnesty is the equivalent of supporting Stalin but saying one is against communism or supporting Hitler but saying one is against Nazism.

VorDaj on May 9, 2013 at 6:32 PM

Rubio was lying his a$$ off to Brett Baier on Special Report tonight. I yelled at the TV then changed the channel. Fox gave him much more time than Sessions.

Wigglesworth on May 9, 2013 at 6:35 PM

LEVIN—–HANNITY—–RUSH!!!!!

Stop kissing Rubios ring.

You’re just tools for this Amnesty effort.

Or are you sell outs too?

PappyD61 on May 9, 2013 at 6:41 PM

Remember the Alamo! And Fort Hood and Boston and Kill the bill you morons or kill your Party!

ConcealedKerry on May 9, 2013 at 6:43 PM

Lindsey Graham is always ready to go to war around the world, but he is suddenly soft and meek about the invasion coming across our borders.
SC, you need to get smart and find a challenger for 2014.

AllahsNippleHair on May 9, 2013 at 6:43 PM

GOP – on the highway to hell….

We need armed turrets along the Mexico border….

Start shooting people who come across….

Now that’s border security….

redguy on May 9, 2013 at 6:44 PM

Hell, why not just write the bill in SPANISH!

GarandFan on May 9, 2013 at 5:55 PM

Si, amigo!!

redguy on May 9, 2013 at 6:45 PM

**The 300 Amendments **

Partial List,do to the Length:

Home > Legislation > immigration

S.744 Amendments
*****************

Sponsors1-(MDM13313) – Vote: 14-4 (Agreed To)

Cruz
Cruz1-(MDM13528) – Vote: 5-13
Cruz2-(DAV13378)
Cruz3-(DAV13373)
Cruz4-(MDM13526)
Cruz5-(MDM13527)

Flake
Flake1-(MDM13451) – Adopted by VV
Flake2-(MDM13456) – Adopted by VV
Flake3-(MDM13454)
Flake4-(MDM13529)

http://www.judiciary.senate.gov/legislation/immigration/amendments.cfm

canopfor on May 9, 2013 at 6:45 PM

(In fact, according to Rasmussen, fully 66 percent of likely voters think border security should come before amnesty.)

Allahpundit

Thank you, AP, for the love of God. I keep wondering why no one has cited this (or other) polls which support our position so powerfully. Everyone wants the border secured; everyone knows the Democrat vermin have no interest in securing the border.

So, what’s in it for a$$-fuc*ers like Lindsay Graham to prevent border security from taking its proper place in the conversation?

Jaibones on May 9, 2013 at 6:46 PM

I do not believe half of what I read on here about any of this. I really do not. Thus far the hardliners have not exactly been unbiased on the subject…btw, I hear that the guy who wrote that Heritage report believes that immigrants have lower IQs than their white native born counterparts. Sounds sort of like a bigot to me. Why would Heritage have anything to do with someone like that?

As for border enforcement…if the hardliners get their way and kill the bill there will be no more border enforcement…no more fence…not more double fence…no reform of the visa system…nada.

Terrye on May 9, 2013 at 5:49 PM

Hard liners? Bigots? How about following the law? Is that hard or bigoted?
You sound like one of McCain’s hemorrhoids.

AllahsNippleHair on May 9, 2013 at 6:47 PM

Krauthammer just lied about the trigger. He said the legalization would be immediate which is true, but then he said the border would have to be secured before green cards are issued which is a lie. Krauthammer said this was a reasonable compromise.

Wigglesworth on May 9, 2013 at 6:55 PM

And this is bad how?

This makes the omnibus bill less likely to pass, and makes Obama’s face much more likely to be a darker shade of purple when he goose-steps over to the Rose Garden for his nationally-televised post-bill defeat histrionics.

mintycrys on May 9, 2013 at 6:56 PM

I live in Michigan but I will donate to whoever is running against Miss Lucy and Flakey, including Democrats in the general election.

bw222 on May 9, 2013 at 6:57 PM

Krauthammer just lied about the trigger. He said the legalization would be immediate which is true, but then he said the border would have to be secured before green cards are issued which is a lie. Krauthammer said this was a reasonable compromise.

Wigglesworth on May 9, 2013 at 6:55 PM

Krathammer is a neocon, not a conservative. He is not to be trusted.

bw222 on May 9, 2013 at 6:58 PM

I do not believe half of what I read on here about any of this. I really do not..

Terrye

Considering you(like many amnesty shills) have little interest in reality, this surprises no one.

As for border enforcement…if the hardliners get their way and kill the bill there will be no more border enforcement…no more fence…not more double fence…no reform of the visa system…nada.

Terrye

Interesting, considering all of those are already legally required by various pieces of legislation. BTW, it’s funny how you’ve never referred to those who demand amnesty for 30 million illegals as hardliners, isn’t it?

Again, you’re fooling no one, lib.

xblade on May 9, 2013 at 6:58 PM

Shorter Grahamnesty/Flaky – “In 20 years, we want to deal with 30 million illegals.”

Probably get that many more in 5 years, easily.

hawkeye54 on May 9, 2013 at 6:59 PM

Terrye on May 9, 2013 at 5:49 PM

When I read posts by people like you, I often ask myself why I even obeyed the law when I came here.

Somehow, you and others believe that enforcing the law is an unworthy notion and racist. Unfortunately, what you do when you throw your little racist and bigot cards out is to take people like me, who played by the rules, and tell us that we are worse than criminaliens. Evidently, you guys think that we were stupid to abide by the law, which is quickly becoming an old-fashioned notion.

“The United States cannot regain its competitive standing in the world by importing low wage workers from other countries. On the one hand, it engenders conditions this country cannot and should not tolerate. On the other hand, in the modern age, a nation’s wealth and prosperity is secured by high worker productivity and capital investment, not by the availability of low-wage labour.”

– Senator Eugene McCarthy (D-MN), the 1968 Democratic Presidential nominee

“The immigration Act of 1965 changed all previous patterns, and in so doing, probably changed the future of America … [it] was noble, revolutionary – and probably the most thoughtless of many acts of the Great Society.”

- Theodore White, American political journalist, historian, and novelist, Kennedy family intimate, coiner of the term “Camelot” to describe the Kennedy Administration, America in Search of Itself: The Making of the President 1956-1980, 1982

Criminaliens are NOT noble. Citizens have a right to decide who they want to allow in their country. They also have the right to demand that immigrants assimilate and not demand that the American culture conform to their cultures, traditions, and laws.

I did NOT demand that people start driving on the opposite side of the road when I came here and I find it offencive that people are now arguing that basic symbols of this country – like the flag – are racist, nativist, bigoted and xenophobic.

Resist We Much on May 9, 2013 at 7:04 PM


Only 30% Think Government Likely to Secure Border If Reform Bill Passes

This should be a signal to the GOP to get their act together.

theperfecteconomist on May 9, 2013 at 7:05 PM

Do I want border security? Sure. But why would that justify mass legalization? Who came up with that idea?

I dont see any Republican who isnt part of the problem on this issue.

Valkyriepundit on May 9, 2013 at 7:07 PM

Do I want border security? Sure. But why would that justify mass legalization? Who came up with that idea?

I dont see any Republican who isnt part of the problem on this issue.

Valkyriepundit on May 9, 2013 at 7:07 PM

Best comment of the day. Thank you.

oldroy on May 9, 2013 at 7:12 PM

Resist We Much on May 9, 2013 at 7:04 PM

As the grand-daughter of a LEGAL immigrant(my grand-father came here from the ‘Pale’ when he was 3) I’m giving you a standing O!
Brava!

annoyinglittletwerp on May 9, 2013 at 7:21 PM

Valkyriepundit on May 9, 2013 at 7:07 PM

Cruz doesn’t support ‘legalization’.

annoyinglittletwerp on May 9, 2013 at 7:22 PM

I was reading on Hillbuzz the other day, which listed men in D.C., including Republicans who were being blackmailed by this present administration, with their rooms and rooms of internet trawlers ,for being “closeted”. He named names.

I’ve been looking to see who votes what since then.

It’s pretty darn sickening, if these men are and can be towed into line with this Chicago thug.

avagreen on May 9, 2013 at 7:24 PM

I did NOT demand that people start driving on the opposite side of the road…

Resist We Much on May 9, 2013 at 7:04 PM

Well, right there is your problem. You have a chip on your shoulder because of it. It’s too late to demand it now. Crazy gin-guzzling, Jaguar-driving, beefeating… Ooh… Sorry… that’s racist.

oldroy on May 9, 2013 at 7:26 PM

The issue never has been border security. It never has been deportation. The issue is that American firms, including small businesses, are allowed to hire the illegals with impunity. A $250,000 fine per illegal with a $25,000 reward going to the people who turn in those who hire illegals would solve this problem.

thuja on May 9, 2013 at 7:30 PM

I did NOT demand that people start driving on the opposite side of the road…

Resist We Much on May 9, 2013 at 7:04 PM

Well, right there is your problem. You have a chip on your shoulder because of it. It’s too late to demand it now. Crazy gin-guzzling, Jaguar-driving, beefeating… Ooh… Sorry… that’s racist.

oldroy on May 9, 2013 at 7:26 PM

She’s going to make us all eat English food. Hush!

AllahsNippleHair on May 9, 2013 at 7:32 PM

The issue never has been border security. It never has been deportation. The issue is that American firms, including small businesses, are allowed to hire the illegals with impunity. A $250,000 fine per illegal with a $25,000 reward going to the people who turn in those who hire illegals would solve this problem.

thuja on May 9, 2013 at 7:30 PM

I’d settle just for the $25,000 fine. I could be rich.

oldroy on May 9, 2013 at 7:33 PM

This immigration bill wouldn’t have a chance if Marco Rubio were not involved to deceive conservatives and give cover to RINOs.

MARCO RUBIO IS A FRAUD!!! This man is no conservative! He is the Hispanic John McCain!

MPan on May 9, 2013 at 7:33 PM

Cruz doesn’t support ‘legalization’.

annoyinglittletwerp on May 9, 2013 at 7:22 PM

Hm, I have heard otherwise, but maybe he was misquoted.

Valkyriepundit on May 9, 2013 at 7:33 PM

Sounds sort of like a bigot to me. Why would Heritage have anything to do with someone like that?

Terrye

Ahhh, the race card. Sounds sort of like a lib to me.

xblade on May 9, 2013 at 7:34 PM

Where do I sign up to help primary these TRAITORS

WisCon on May 9, 2013 at 7:35 PM

She’s going to make us all eat English food. Hush!

AllahsNippleHair on May 9, 2013 at 7:32 PM

Bangers and mash for breakfast. Haggis for… oh, that is from up north… always with the food references…

oldroy on May 9, 2013 at 7:36 PM

Betrayal of the party and the American people. Two birds with one stone…

voiceofreason on May 9, 2013 at 7:36 PM

Post-American America. Here we come. Porterhouse at the carneceria, how dare you?!

oldroy on May 9, 2013 at 7:39 PM

I liked everything except the proposed 500% increase in H1B visas. It’s bad enough that my tax dollars are going to house, feeb and provide medical to low skilled illegal immigrants, it will be worse to see my industry hammered with cheap 3rd world programmers willing to work for almost nothing thereby forcing wages down even farther for those of us in tech. There are plenty of qualified people in the US already, it’s a fallacy to suggest otherwise – that’s pure and simple lobbying by big companies like Microsoft and Google to replace Americans jobs in American with foreigners.

celt on May 9, 2013 at 7:40 PM

She’s going to make us all eat English food. Hush!

AllahsNippleHair on May 9, 2013 at 7:32 PM

Bangers and mash for breakfast. Haggis for… oh, that is from up north… always with the food references…

oldroy on May 9, 2013 at 7:36 PM

Blood pudding.
I’d rather eat my own hand.
So glad Resist is on OUR side of the pond.
She’s a great asset!

AllahsNippleHair on May 9, 2013 at 7:40 PM

Sounds sort of like a bigot to me. Why would Heritage have anything to do with someone like that?

Terrye

Here’s Jason Richwine’s Harvard Phd dissertation that argues his case for IQ differentials. In his opening remarks, he thanks Charles Murray for advising him throughout the project. I guess Charles Murray’s a racist also.
Notice 3 prominent Harvard profs signed off on the dissertation, so I guess they’re racist too by implication.

Golden Boy on May 9, 2013 at 7:42 PM

Comprehensive bills are an invitation for a free for all which Obama and Sec. Napolitano can enforce at their disgression or ignore.

Send bills thru the Senate with one item at a time. So we can see it. So it can’t be twisted to mean the opposite. So it is not full of unintended/intended consequences.

Fleuries on May 9, 2013 at 7:45 PM

With Repubs like these who needs Dems? These are the corporatist Repubs placing business interests over the welfare of their constituants. Disgusting.

neyney on May 9, 2013 at 7:47 PM

Blood pudding.
I’d rather eat my own hand.
So glad Resist is on OUR side of the pond.
She’s a great asset!

AllahsNippleHair on May 9, 2013 at 7:40 PM

Yeah. I guess. I saw a coyote foot left in a trap once and wondered what that critter was thinking and tasting when he did it. Blood pudding is OK. Probably need to have your Granny make it at the holidays.

The English did give us great ales. IPA, ESB, Porter. Yum.

I think I’ll turn on an old TIVO episode of Nigella and have a Boddingtons. Then maybe an episode of Rick Bayless and a couple Negro Modelos to get ready for the future.

oldroy on May 9, 2013 at 7:55 PM

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