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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I’ve had it with the eight gangsters and all the other rhinos in congress

newportmike on May 9, 2013 at 8:02 PM

Lindsey Graham and Jeff Flake

Just when you think you couldn’t hate these rat f*ck bastards any more…

I’m completely serious when I say that these and the other amnesty shills are guilty of actively working to destroy this country. If it’s not ‘treason’, I’m not sure what the technical term would be, but it is effectively what they’re doing.

Midas on May 9, 2013 at 8:11 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 quite frankly am getting sick of Levin, screaming like a mental patient with Tourettes about obama bin laden, and then playing endless frickin audio clips of him. And if he’s not doing that he’s taking calls from his lifelong butt-buddy Sean Hannity.

Go shit on a fish stick, Mark!!! You’re not a conservative , you’re just a phony mouthpiece!

cableguy615 on May 9, 2013 at 8:12 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

I’ll raise you a Fawlty Towers marathon. With Manuel, it just about covers the spectrum. :)

AllahsNippleHair on May 9, 2013 at 8:16 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

I imagine he wasn’t tasting anything, merely willing to lose a foot rather than his life. This happens all the time where animals are trapped. I grieve for them.

avagreen on May 9, 2013 at 8:41 PM

Didn’t get posted. Will try again.

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.

oldroy on May 9, 2013 at 7:55 PM

I imagine he wasn’t thinking of how anything tasted other than trying to get out of the trap, being willing to lose a foot rather than a life.

This happens all the time where animals are trapped. I grieve for them.

avagreen on May 9, 2013 at 8:44 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

Yep, I’ve had it happen a couple of times. I refreshed the page and it corrected. Weird.

lynncgb on May 9, 2013 at 9:06 PM

I hope they all spontaneously combust, right bef. they all go to Hades.

Schadenfreude on May 9, 2013 at 9:30 PM

Yep, I’ve had it happen a couple of times. I refreshed the page and it corrected. Weird.

lynncgb on May 9, 2013 at 9:06 PM

K. Thanks. First time it happened, I thought I might be getting a little weird. :) Second time, felt better. And now I’m good.

Axe on May 9, 2013 at 9:44 PM

There is not much in that US Senate that even resembles an American these days. They have all violated their oath of office and their only loyalty is to themselves. The Constitution is nothing more then an old piece of parchment that does not fit their modern needs. If you wonder why the country is in such sad shape, just look what we elected to run it.

savage24 on May 9, 2013 at 10:20 PM

Traitors are the biggest crop that Obama has sown.

profitsbeard on May 10, 2013 at 12:40 AM

Ted Cruz wants to double the cap from 600,000 odd to 1.3 million legals a year.

That’s fine for saying “I’m compassionate.”

But it’s devastating for the interests of white people who are being flooded with non-white immigrants – legal and illegal – and forced to integrated with them. The effect of that is that there won’t be any white people at all in the long run. Technically that’s known as genocide – when you use policy (violently or not) to wipe away an identifiable part of the population, including a racial minority, which whites are becoming. (And already are in the youngest age brackets.)

As collateral damage, there won’t be any conservative politics. The conservative base is white, and the Republican Party gets 90% of its votes from whites. (While the Democratic Party gets 80% of the non-white vote.) Under the rules established in 1965, immigration into America is about 90% non-white. This means a million new Democrats a year, a small minority of potential Republican voters, and every red state turning purple then blue.

David Blue on May 10, 2013 at 5:37 AM

End the GOP. If they don’t care if they stay in business in the long run – and that’s what continued mass immigration implies – why should anyone else care if they stay in business?

David Blue on May 10, 2013 at 5:43 AM

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

Following the link on the ‘voting no’ part I find the original article where it states:

Voting for the amendment were Sens. Grassley, Orrin Hatch, Jeff Sessions, John Cornyn, Mike Lee, and Ted Cruz.

– emphasis mine.

Ukiah on May 10, 2013 at 8:40 AM

This is the absolute proof that not 1 d@mn politician in Washington is serious about wanting to secure our borders, prevent an influx of millions more Illegals over the next decade, and stop the massive financial drain on this nation’s economy.

The bottom line is POLITICS and the politics of party/self-preservation. God forbid, the GOP is fearful that they will be branded as Anti-Hispanic for daring to put the nation’s security above rewarding criminals who have been allowed to flood into this nation to ‘get what they can get’ rather than becoming a contributing member of American society as a citizen of the U.S.

Several years ago, if anyone remembers – or cares to remember – Hispanics took to the streets 2 weekends in a row to March. The reason for the March was to show American citizens just how many Illegals were in the country & show just how much we ‘need’ them. The 1st march was a disaster for the Illegal community, as the media showed the millions of marchers across the US carrying hate-filled signs that read things like, “We don’t want citizenship – we’re here for the money’, and ‘We don’t want to be Americans – give us Texas back’, etc. The American mood was rather negative…and growing…so an organizer quickly called for another march & urged Illegals/Marchers to put on ‘a different face’. The next weekend came & Marchers carried more Pro-American flags…guess they got the message that you don’t bite the hand that is feeding you. During those marches many people just didn’t show up for work & the government even went after several doctors who were handing out the fake ‘sick notes’.

Again, bottom line, politicians are protecting their jobs & are putting rewarding criminals for breaking our laws, putting the ability to do that ahead of securing our borders & keeping Americans safe. As Benghazi showed, putting their re-elections comes before saving / protecting Americans’ lives!

easyt65 on May 10, 2013 at 8:49 AM

AP, don’t you mean voting YES in the last paragraph? Grassley voted no on his own amendment!

Nutstuyu on May 10, 2013 at 9:08 AM

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

No. I think the domestic drones are already committed for deployment against the bitter clingers.

What we really need is to build a concrete-block building the entire length of the border to house all US prisoners. The ‘yard’ being on the US side with a fence running the entire length. On the other side of the fence is a live-fire zone for military training.

Visualize it and its many intrinsic security features. It’s a self-correcting system.

Tsar of Earth on May 10, 2013 at 11:04 AM

I can see 2014 from my house.

Dexter_Alarius on May 10, 2013 at 11:46 AM

Graham was already contaminated but this Jeff Flake’s name keeps popping up as though he’s some kind of player. He looks to be a third wheel in McCain and Grahams creepy relationship. We don’t need anymore RINO’s Flake, we need Conservatives and that my friend is non negotiable. Internet tax, amnesty without securing our borders? Your writing big checks our party is not going to cash Flake, no? Oh yeah…..

Tangerinesong on May 10, 2013 at 1:07 PM

These people in the GOP touting the amnesty bill aren’t even trying anymore to couch this in terms of securing the border.All they want is a share of these god knows how many tens of millions of illegal future voters.Think they are morons for thinking they will get more than a handful,but that’s what it is all about.Judas betrayed Jesus for 30 pieces of silver.Rubio has betrayed America for 30 illegals!

redware on May 10, 2013 at 1:35 PM

Judas betrayed Jesus for 30 pieces of silver.Rubio has betrayed America for 30 illegals!

redware on May 10, 2013 at 1:35 PM

He ran on one set of promises. He began producing speeches and essays arguing it was immoral to oppose amnesty. At some point unknown to us, he joined the Gang and works with them in their back room meetings with the powerbrokers of amnesty. He is the star of commercials misrepresenting the amnesty bill. He keeps changing his arguments for the bill. He is not listening to those who elected him but he pretends to be one with them

The story matches, only the names and amounts are changed

entagor on May 11, 2013 at 12:59 AM

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