Schumer to GOP: You’ve got a six-week window this summer to pass amnesty or Obama will act on his own

posted at 11:21 am on May 27, 2014 by Allahpundit

Via the Right Scoop, Reid floated this deadline on Friday too. Dick Durbin, another member of the leadership, has also been talking it up. The clock starts on June 10th, when most Republican primaries will be over and the party will once again be free to betray its conservative supporters, and ends when Congress leaves town for the August recess. If Boehner hasn’t passed a bill by then, Obama’s going to do something on deportations — probably something marginal and gestural, just to show lefties that he cares, but one never knows with a guy who’s gotten as comfortable as O has with executive action.

Do you suppose these endless Democratic threats about an impending moratorium on deportations might be influencing the rate of illegal immigration these days? Let’s check in at the Texas border:

A shift by immigrant smugglers to target the tough-to-defend U.S.-Mexico border in southernmost Texas has accelerated this year as the Border Patrol scrambles to shift its resources from states farther west, according to an internal agency report obtained by The Associated Press.

From Oct. 1 through May 17, agents in the southernmost tip of Texas made more than 148,000 arrests, on pace to match last year’s total in less than eight months, according to the intelligence report. That compares with nearly 63,000 arrests in the Tucson, Arizona, sector, which it surpassed for the first time just last year. The Rio Grande Valley sector averaged nearly 1,100 arrests per day from May 11-17, according to the document.

What these numbers look like on the ground is a near-constant flow of people across the Rio Grande.

It’s not just Texas. The Border Patrol started seeing higher rates of border-crossing last year, when the Senate first got cracking on immigration reform. That’s a feature, not a bug, of lefty table-pounding about this. The more amnesty dominates the policy agenda in the U.S., the more of a rush there’ll be by would-be illegals to sneak in under the wire before any new policies, whether legislative or executive, take effect.

Now, a strategic question for Boehner: Does he call Obama’s bluff by walking away from reform this summer or does he pass something small, like ENLIST? The fear if he walks away is that Obama will do something dramatic, Latino voters will rally for Democrats, and suddenly not only have the midterms gotten more difficult but any amnesty bills passed by the GOP next year will seem like an afterthought to O’s action. Chances are, though, that O’s move on deportations will be modest so as not to spark a backlash among white voters and that Latinos will largely ignore it (or even be irritated by how modest it is). In that case, if you’re Boehner, why not walk away for now and focus on the lame-duck session? Republican voters will be grateful on election day and then you can betray them later. On the other hand, passing ENLIST has its own advantages. It’s big enough that the party could sell it to Latinos as proof of its goodwill but small enough that it would amnestize only a tiny sliver of the illegal population. It would give Democrats fits, too, because they don’t want to hand the GOP a political victory unless they’re getting a lot of illegals legalized in return — but they also don’t want to be seen as opposing a bill that represents a rare Republican gesture towards amnesty. The risk to Boehner, though, is that conservatives might rally against ENLIST and that might hurt the party, both in angering some voters into staying home this fall and also “proving” to immigration fans that there’s no form of legalization that conservatives will support.

My hunch is that they’re going to push ENLIST tentatively in June and see what the reaction is, both inside Congress and out. If Boehner can bring dozens of Republicans onboard (if not a clear majority) and grassroots righties seem no more than mildly annoyed, he’ll go for it and then dare Reid and Schumer to reject the bill on grounds that it doesn’t amnestize enough people. If Democrats walk away, he can walk away too saying, “I tried.” No harm done for the midterms. Or at least, not much.


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The GOP wants the illegals validated as much as the left. They are trying to win votes. They don’t care about what is right or wrong or about the people here who will lose their jobs due to this. Learn it, accept it. The right is just as culpable as the left.

Duna on May 27, 2014 at 3:27 PM

You are going under the assumption that the GOP is ‘the right’. I disagree. Conservatives are ‘the right’, and the further left the GOP drifts, the further away from representing me the become. Monkeytoe has it about right. The libiots as well as the GOP have forfeited our sovereignty as well as our liberty in their quest for votes and for ‘social justice’ and ‘shared sacrifice’. Screw them all. This is why, as a Texan, I fully support the Texas Nationalist Movement. My old country does not exist anymore…

bimmcorp on May 27, 2014 at 3:42 PM

Put aside whether or not you believe the GOP should cave on Amnesty. I’m 100% against it as terrible policy for the U.S., but that isn’t what should be drawing outrage here.

Schumer’s quote shows complete and utter disregard for the U.S. Constitution and the rule of law.

And yet, nobody seems outraged by that. the press doesn’t care. Dem congressmen and Senators don’t care.

Apparently, we are now ruled by the tyranny of an emperor, who can create law and ignore statutes.

Yes, that certainly seems to be the case.

And, we are all fine with that. We are arguing over whether we should do what the left wants in light of this, not arguing about whether we should be arming ourselves and preparing for war against such tyranny.

Monkeytoe on May 27, 2014 at 3:35 PM

Um, no – if you think this, you simply haven’t been keeping up with the comments on virtually every thread that discusses the current tyranny for quite awhile now.

Midas on May 27, 2014 at 3:43 PM

The GOP wants the illegals validated as much as the left. They are trying to win votes. They don’t care about what is right or wrong or about the people here who will lose their jobs due to this. Learn it, accept it. The right is just as culpable as the left.

Duna on May 27, 2014 at 3:27 PM

Incorrect. They know that the new votes will be overwhelmingly Democrat, and people like McCain have openly confessed as much.

They’re not doing it for the votes – they’re doing it for the cash, nothing more. The CoC and campaign contributors who similarly want amnesty are lining the pockets and coffers of these GOP ‘leaders’ – it’s as simple as that.

Midas on May 27, 2014 at 3:44 PM

Let der Fuhrer act then. Wait, I don’t recall an Enabling Act being passed…

claudius on May 27, 2014 at 3:46 PM

And if the GOP somehow wins the Senate and the Thug in Chief is not impeached,convicted and sent away,the GOP will die as a political party.

redware on May 27, 2014 at 3:54 PM

If Republicans cave on this issue, which ,in my estimation, not only doesn’t gain a single vote, but dwarfs all other issues by a million miles, they will be blamed for the resultant financial and social disaster. it will certainly mean the end of the country (as we know it) and, for once, let’s let the guilty party take credit for it.

MaiDee on May 27, 2014 at 4:22 PM

Its time to invite the press to a “live” bombing run with drones to “take out” illegal aliens crossing the border! The press would go bananas and the video would make it to Mexico where hopefully any future “Americans” will second guess their entry!

Oh, is that inhumane?!? We won’t actually be taking any out as we’d use cinemagic to make it look like we blew them up and we’d only need one real bombing run near the border to make the case!

ManWithNoName on May 27, 2014 at 4:23 PM

Um, no – if you think this, you simply haven’t been keeping up with the comments on virtually every thread that discusses the current tyranny for quite awhile now.

Midas on May 27, 2014 at 3:43 PM

If you read through this thread – you will note that the debate is about whether or not to cave on Amnesty – not about what we should be doing regarding this lawlessness.

Regardless, yes there is some “outrage” expressed here and there on conservative blogs, but it is just that “outrage”.

This is real tyranny. This is true disregard for the rule of law by one of the major parties, and yet nothing is done by the GOP, nothing is done by the populace.

You can claim it isn’t being ignored. You would be wrong. That is exactly my point.

Any talk of armed resistance to this new tyranny is called “extreme” and we are told to support the GOP. And yet the GOP is perfectly fine with the lawlessness. Oh, sure, we may get one or two show committee investigations – that go nowhere and accomplish nothing.

Nobody is punished for anything. Lois Lerner? Where’s her punishment? Behghazi? And the list goes on and on.

To believe that we are seeing anything but Kabuki theater by the GOP acting in concert with the DNC is delusional.

that is my whole point. That Schumer is comfortable admitting publicly that the rule of law means nothing to his party is very telling.

There is no rule of law.

Monkeytoe on May 27, 2014 at 4:25 PM

Sorry Allahpundit, they will go wacky on the GOP no matter what you write.

V7_Sport on May 27, 2014 at 4:31 PM

And if the GOP somehow wins the Senate and the Thug in Chief is not impeached,convicted and sent away,the GOP will die as a political party.

redware on May 27, 2014 at 3:54 PM

If the Red Socks don’t win this year and if there isn’t a pump action bb gun under the tree I’m going to hold my breath until I turn purple.

V7_Sport on May 27, 2014 at 4:34 PM

joana on May 27, 2014 at 11:58 AM

You are right Joanna, I do go after the republican establishment because they are no different than the democrats. It was Ted Cruz and House conservative republicans who stopped amnesty last year. Your RINO buddies in the Senate passed it. It is always the House conservatives and the few Senate conservatives who block bad legislation.

fight like a girl on May 27, 2014 at 4:39 PM

I’m sorry, when will 0 act again?

Bmore on May 27, 2014 at 4:43 PM

Let me ask all the RINO worshipers a question; why does Boehner and the other RINOs want to wait until after the primaries to pass amnesty? Hmmm?

fight like a girl on May 27, 2014 at 4:48 PM

Let me ask all the RINO worshipers a question; why does Boehner and the other RINOs want to wait until after the primaries to pass amnesty? Hmmm?

fight like a girl on May 27, 2014 at 4:48 PM

When Boehner et all don’t pass amnesty after the primaries, you’ll shamelessly keep saying the same thing instead of admitting you are wrong. Because you have no shame.

joana on May 27, 2014 at 4:56 PM

You can claim it isn’t being ignored. You would be wrong. That is exactly my point.

Any talk of armed resistance to this new tyranny is called “extreme” and we are told to support the GOP. And yet the GOP is perfectly fine with the lawlessness. Oh, sure, we may get one or two show committee investigations – that go nowhere and accomplish nothing.

Nobody is punished for anything. Lois Lerner? Where’s her punishment? Behghazi? And the list goes on and on.

To believe that we are seeing anything but Kabuki theater by the GOP acting in concert with the DNC is delusional.

that is my whole point. That Schumer is comfortable admitting publicly that the rule of law means nothing to his party is very telling.

There is no rule of law.

Monkeytoe on May 27, 2014 at 4:25 PM

Why don’t you explain exactly what you’d do? And not merely with vaguities and banalities. Outline the process, step by step.

joana on May 27, 2014 at 5:00 PM

If the president has a plan that will help those he feels are in need he should go ahead and implement it. Anything else is immoral posturing.

Knott Buyinit on May 27, 2014 at 5:14 PM

Make him own it. Let him sign an EO at the same time he signs off on his golf score card from Princeville, Hawaii.

The GOP should have made him own his own bill to fix healthcare. Instead, they keep trying to fix the Dimowits bills. I can’t understand this as a “strategy”. MAKE THEM OWN THEIR MISTAKES.

NoPain on May 27, 2014 at 5:27 PM

No, you got 6 weeks until obama is IMPEACHED.

TX-96 on May 27, 2014 at 5:42 PM

If Obama can do amnesty himself, why bother with Congress? Apparently we’re living in an autocracy.

BushyGreen on May 27, 2014 at 6:06 PM

If the Red Socks don’t win this year and if there isn’t a pump action bb gun under the tree I’m going to hold my breath until I turn purple.

V7_Sport on May 27, 2014 at 4:34 PM

Well, holding your breath has certainly gotten the GOP to behave conservatively, hasn’t it? I’d expect nothing less than for you to continue such a winning strategy.

Midas on May 27, 2014 at 6:07 PM

This is hilarious! Eric Cantor: the anti-amnesty crusader. Unfortunately, there are enough Joanas that will believe this.

Wigglesworth on May 27, 2014 at 6:15 PM

Walk away, Boehner. Either you and/or several states need to start drawing up some federal lawsuits NOW. Enough of this BS (long after enough of the other BS, which was long past enough of that other BS, etc.)

Gymistokles on May 27, 2014 at 6:41 PM

If the Red Socks don’t win this year and if there isn’t a pump action bb gun under the tree I’m going to hold my breath until I turn purple.

V7_Sport on May 27, 2014 at 4:34 PM

Well, holding your breath has certainly gotten the GOP to behave conservatively, hasn’t it? I’d expect nothing less than for you to continue such a winning strategy.

Midas on May 27, 2014 at 6:07 PM

Deliberately losing elections working better? How’s that letting it burn going? Gee, your constant b!tching and moaning would indicate that your stupid strategy of staying at home or actually voting for democrats to teach the Republicans a lesson isn’t having the desired results. You are a stale, unfunny joke at this point.

V7_Sport on May 27, 2014 at 7:23 PM

So even if the GOP wins in November . . . WE LOSE.

Just voting guarantees us nothing. Who knows, the Dems are so confident they may have the election boxes tied-up like in 2012.

Where are the men from the Battle of Athens, Tenn.(1946)???

Nat George on May 27, 2014 at 8:15 PM

So even if the GOP wins in November . . . WE LOSE.

Just voting guarantees us nothing.

Nat George on May 27, 2014 at 8:15 PM

When did voting guarantee you anything? Voting isn’t the end of your responsibility to the republic, you elect the best you can get and then work to hold them accountable.

V7_Sport on May 27, 2014 at 8:33 PM

Let der Fuhrer act then. Wait, I don’t recall an Enabling Act being passed…

claudius on May 27, 2014 at 3:46 PM

yet.

I know what people mean when they say it is counterproductive to ever use historical analogies to Hitler or Stalin or other tyrants of history when we speak about Obama et.al. My response is that I considered that when I wrote this post, and I consider it whenever I make such analogies, which I have done in the past.

But sometimes there is no other way to make a point about tyranny other than to compare it to other tyrannies. They are not the same, but there are similarities (especially in terms of process), and those similarities heighten the point. If we don’t make such comparisons we trivialize what’s happening. If we do make them we run the risk of sounding crazy.

That’s the dilemma—there seem to be no other choices. Tyranny usually looks fairly innocuous at its beginning. It’s only later on that people realize what they’ve lost. Cassandras are bound to be disbelieved by most people at the outset. That’s just the nature of the thing.

AesopFan on May 27, 2014 at 8:47 PM

From the above link, by a commenter:

Matt_SE Says:
May 25th, 2014 at 3:54 am

When a madman threatens a greater evil unless you commit a lesser evil, the proper response is to refuse.
If you refuse, the onus is all on the madman. If you accept, you are now complicit in evil.

I agree that this is bluster. Let Obama use his pen and see how the people like it. If his other programs are any indication, the answer will be “not very well.”

We do not cooperate with evil or lawlessness.

AesopFan on May 27, 2014 at 8:54 PM

The comments at neo neocon’s post are really very good on this topic.

Eric Says:
May 25th, 2014 at 6:13 pm

As long as you show your work, a Hitler analogy is fine.

The point is about the methodical, incremental corruption of a mature modern democratic state that had built-in political safeguards.

What you might do next is jump off the Hitler analogy by expanding the lesson to other nations that have experienced similar sophisticated takeovers. Make it a series lighting the issue from different directions.

Activist and politician are 2 different animals, but charismatic hybrids of the 2, like Hitler, are powerful and dangerous animals.

If, indeed, V. Jarrett or others are pulling Obama’s string, that may be a good thing, as it disassociates both the activists and politicians from the charismatic front guy.

AesopFan on May 27, 2014 at 8:59 PM

Deliberately losing elections working better? How’s that letting it burn going? Gee, your constant b!tching and moaning would indicate that your stupid strategy of staying at home or actually voting for democrats to teach the Republicans a lesson isn’t having the desired results. You are a stale, unfunny joke at this point.

V7_Sport on May 27, 2014 at 7:23 PM

Have done none of the above, thank you, so we don’t know how that’ll work yet, do we?

What we do know is that your sub-moronic prescription of doing the same f*cking thing over and over again, yet expecting a different result from the same GOP is… damn… stale? Unfunny?

Go f*ck yourself, a$$hat.

Midas on May 27, 2014 at 9:41 PM

Schumer to GOP: You’ve got a six-week window this summer to pass amnesty or Obama will act on his own

Democray? We don’t need no stinkin’ Democracy. We can do whatever we want. Forward, Comrades! It’s not fascism when we do it!

farsighted on May 27, 2014 at 9:49 PM

Conservatives pounding the GOPe in Texas run-off elections today, by the way.

This is how it’s done, folks.

But by all means (and you know who you are), keep fellating the GOPe and expecting them to do a better job for you. You know, someday.

Midas on May 27, 2014 at 9:57 PM

What we do know is that your sub-moronic prescription of doing the same f*cking thing over and over again, yet expecting a different result from the same GOP is… damn… stale? Unfunny?

Go f*ck yourself, a$$hat.

Midas on May 27, 2014 at 9:41 PM

Don’t debate him, he is a delusional person with the maturity of a crazed monkey. He and joanna live in their own little world of proud battered housewives.

Plus, they are still seething mad that their ideology lost to a Witch from Delaware.

NWConservative on May 27, 2014 at 10:30 PM

F’ing amazing isn’t it. Two months this man has sat in a mexican prison and our so called leaders do nothing. I hate them all.

VegasRick on May 27, 2014 at 11:41 AM

Rick, Rick, Rick. You’re talking about a US Citizen. One who has served his country. One who is on the other side of our border with a nation we have strong trade ties with, not to mention shared geography.

How can that compare with O-Vomit’s daughter’s over in Africa? After all, we only have so many hashtags and frowns to spare. Priorities man, priorities.

Luthier on May 27, 2014 at 11:20 PM

0:30 in what world does Chuck Schumer live that he thinks Obama has been tougher on deportations than any president before him?! He officially announced that his administration refuses to enforce the law when it comes to deportations of young illegals!

netster007x on May 28, 2014 at 1:09 AM

My God, listen to that full Chuck Schumer tape! The guy starts out by saying Republicans are way off base to suggest Obama can’t be relied on to enforce the law, then he ends by threatening that they better pass an amnesty or Obama will refuse to enforce the law! Does this guy hear himself speak?!

netster007x on May 28, 2014 at 1:16 AM

You are going under the assumption that the GOP is ‘the right’. I disagree. Conservatives are ‘the right’, and the further left the GOP drifts, the further away from representing me the become. Monkeytoe has it about right. The libiots as well as the GOP have forfeited our sovereignty as well as our liberty in their quest for votes and for ‘social justice’ and ‘shared sacrifice’. Screw them all. This is why, as a Texan, I fully support the Texas Nationalist Movement. My old country does not exist anymore…

bimmcorp on May 27, 2014 at 3:42 PM

Amen. I wish that there was a referendum method here in Texas so that we could put this on the ballot.

Theophile on May 28, 2014 at 1:45 AM

The right response would be:
You will have a one-week window to prepare to be impeached if you do.

GWB on May 28, 2014 at 9:03 AM

Nobody should take advice (or share a stage, Rubio) with Schumer.

His ultimatum is a clear signal that Democrats have no intention of negotiating in good faith, so no time should be spent on compromise bills. Only total surrender by the GOP will be sufficient.

virgo on May 28, 2014 at 10:00 AM

When Boehner et all don’t pass amnesty after the primaries, you’ll shamelessly keep saying the same thing instead of admitting you are wrong. Because you have no shame.
joana on May 27, 2014 at 4:56 PM

Boehner will move to pass amnesty because the Chamber of Commerce wants it. Boehner himself has stated that they must wait until after the primaries. The only thing that will stop it are the conservative house members and a deluge of calls and emails from Americans. It is the establishment republicans who have no shame. They run as conservatives and then vote with democrats. And those that support them , like you, are just fools.

fight like a girl on May 28, 2014 at 11:28 AM

Protect our borders and then, and only then, we will have a conversation. There is no time-table set.

Amazingoly on May 28, 2014 at 12:14 PM

Roll that fracker a basketball, and you won’t have to worry about him till — Oh I’m sorry.

Roll that fracker a golfball, and you won’t have to worry about him acting till the snows fall.

papertiger on May 28, 2014 at 1:14 PM

If we treated everyone that DELIBERATELY sneaks into the US, the same way Mexico is treating Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi fur ACCIDENTALLY ending up at a border checkpoint after taking a wrong turn, the immigration crisis would be solved in short order.

If, instead of welfare, every illegal alien got twenty years of hard time, no parole, and guaranteed deportation afterwards, no one would bother trying to sneak in.

Archangel Nation on May 28, 2014 at 1:25 PM

If you don’t pass a law and trust the President won’t ignore it… he’ll ignore all current laws and do whatever he wants… again.

SO trust him not to ignore the law, or watch him ignore the law.

How persuasive was that SUPPOSED to be?

gekkobear on May 28, 2014 at 1:32 PM

Both parties are nothing more than whores of the Chamber of Commerce and their big business Lords.

The only question is…..which will party will bring those same donors to climax first.

PappyD61 on May 28, 2014 at 6:36 PM

Midas on May 27, 2014 at 9:41 PM

Have done none of the above, thank you, so we don’t know how that’ll work yet, do we?

President Obama proves otherwise. Thanks for helping them f-up the country, idiot.

What we do know is that your sub-moronic prescription of doing the same f*cking thing over and over again, yet expecting a different result from the same GOP is… damn… stale? Unfunny?

It’s over. People are catching on that all of your shrill, hysterical nonsense is about you and not about what’s best for the country. You are a joke and in politics as in life, all you know how to do is lose.

Go f*ck yourself, a$$hat.

It’s fun to be anonymous, isn’t it? Bet you would be nice and polite otherwise.

V7_Sport on May 29, 2014 at 1:54 AM

Boehner will move to pass amnesty because the Chamber of Commerce wants it.

fight like a girl on May 28, 2014 at 11:28 AM

So all of a sudden the Chamber of commerce is running everything and opposed to conservatives…. You sound like Obama.

V7_Sport on May 29, 2014 at 1:59 AM

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