Great news from Harry Reid: “The border is secure”

posted at 11:21 am on July 16, 2014 by Allahpundit

Noah covered some of Reid’s presser last night but this golden soundbite should be preserved for history. Why would he say it? Why, in the middle of a border crisis that’s playing on cable news 24/7 right now, would he belch up a talking point that the public knows for a fact isn’t true? Krauthammer thinks this guy’s off his meds, but I’m not sure why. As noted yesterday, the lie at the heart of immigration reform is that Democrats are willing to secure the border if only Republicans will cooperate on legalizing illegals who are already here. The border crisis has put that claim to a test in an unusually vivid way. Reid can either support speedier deportations for kids from Central America or he can drop any pretense that he cares about deterring illegal immigration. He’s now made his choice, as you’re about to see. And, per Noah’s post, it looks like the Democrats in both chambers will be with him, blocking an enforcement bill that would very slowly increase the feds’ power to deport young illegal immigrants. E.g., via Breitbart:

You know what? I’m not so sure “the border is secure” is even the nuttiest thing Reid says here. At one point he objects to the Cornyn/Cuellar bill because it supposedly addresses too many subjects extraneous to the border crisis. That’s high irony from a guy who leads a caucus that has always insisted on larding up border security bills with amnesty components, and who, clearly, would relish a conference committee on a modest reform bill in hopes of making it much broader. The left is concerned with security only — only — to the extent that it serves as a vehicle for the rest of their agenda wishlist. At another point he claims that the Gang of Eight bill, had it passed the House, would have solved this problem. Er, no, it wouldn’t have, as co-sponsor Marco Rubio admits. (Why Rubio would have backed a bill that, by his own account, would be ineffective at the border is a separate question.) The chief, albeit not only, enforcement problem here is the loophole in the child trafficking law that lets young migrants from noncontiguous countries stay put in the U.S. while they await a deportation hearing. The Gang of Eight didn’t deal with that. But Reid wants to pretend because, again, his goal here is a mass amnesty, not border security. If he can convince undecideds that this border crisis actually proves that we need the fraud known as comprehensive immigration reform, it’ll all have been worth it.

Oh, and note how he says that, when push comes to shove, he thinks Obama can do what he needs to do on security through executive action. There’s a bill on the table that would close part of the child-trafficking loophole, but rather than do his job and risk a tough vote for his party, Reid wants to punt the Senate’s responsibility to His Majesty and let him deal with it. Think he’ll be upset when O decides to nuke the legislative process entirely and issue that executive amnesty he’s been threatening?

Exit question via Erick Erickson: Weren’t we told more than once by amnesty fans during the Gang of Eight debate that illegal immigration was now net zero (thanks to a poor U.S. economy) and would never explode again? That was the other prong of the “border is secure” lie — not only couldn’t illegals get here even if they wanted to, but they no longer wanted to. What happened to that?


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The left is concerned with security only — only — to the extent that it serves as a vehicle for the rest of their agenda wishlist.

Yeah, they got 2 MILLION new Democratic voters in 1986 and NEVER secured the border. Now they want 12-20 MILLION given amnesty and PROMISE to secure the border.

SCREW THEM!

GarandFan on July 16, 2014 at 1:39 PM

Surprised this article didn’t get more play here: Harry Reid Slammed By Hometown Paper For ‘Race-Baiting’

slickwillie2001 on July 16, 2014 at 1:40 PM

Secession, secession, secession.

JohnBrown on July 16, 2014 at 1:41 PM

FEDS TO OPEN $50 MILLION RESORT FOR ILLEGAL CHILDREN – Complete With Tennis Courts, Sauna & Pools

Augustinian on July 16, 2014 at 11:43 AM

I read the article, but I never saw any mention of why the resort was selling this place. Made no sense to me.

GWB on July 16, 2014 at 11:49 AM

They know a sucker when they see one.

itsspideyman on July 16, 2014 at 1:49 PM

I’d make the obvious comparison to the Crypt Keeper, but the Keeper was more level-headed, lively and believable than ol’ Hairy Screed.

ZeusGoose on July 16, 2014 at 1:54 PM

Great news from Harry Reid: “The border is secure”

Thieves and liars-hypocrites and bastards!

Dr. ZhivBlago on July 16, 2014 at 1:59 PM

Reid is just lying. The fact that he is willing to lie this brazenly would seem to indicate one of two things:

A. Extreme corruption
B. Mental illness.

okay okay okay

C. All of the above.

dogsoldier on July 16, 2014 at 2:14 PM

The Harry Reid Hilton. Six hundred beds of unaccompanied minors: http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2014/07/feds-to-open-50-million-resort-hotel-for-illegal-children-complete-with-tennis-courts-sauna-pools/

davidk on July 16, 2014 at 2:24 PM

Holy. F*cking. Hell.

That’s it; headed down to HR to amend my witholding docs – I’m not paying another dollar in taxes – f*ck this.

Midas on July 16, 2014 at 2:35 PM

Just as Barack Obama has made it so that Jimmy Carter is not the worst President ever, Harry Reid has made it so that John McCain is not the most senile Senator ever.

VorDaj on July 16, 2014 at 2:48 PM

OBAMA ADMINISTRATION QUOTES
- “I will fundamentally change the United States” – Obama
- “I will have the smoothest transition ever.” – Obama
- “This is the most transparent administration in history.” – Obama
- “It will pay for itself.”
- “It will REDUCE the deficit.”
- “It will lower the cost of health care.”
- “It will NOT cause the creation of any new taxes.”
- “Businesses will not drop insurance to avoid the expense increases.”
- “There will not be any ‘Death Panels’.”
- “If you like your plan/doctor, you can keep your plan/doctor…period.”
- “It was all over a video.”
- “The Obama administration’s foreign policies in a number of areas have enhanced the world’s ‘tranquility’.” – Obama administration

- “The border is secure. [Sen.] Martin Heinrich talked to the caucus today. He’s a border state senator. He said he can say without any equivocation the border is secure.” – Harry Reid

easyt65 on July 16, 2014 at 3:03 PM

We are in control, they are in a state of hysteria. Losers, they think that by killing civilians and trying to distort the feelings of the people they will win. I think they will not win, those bastards.
– Mohammed Saeed al-Sahaf (aka ‘Baghdad Bob’)

Today, the tide has turned, we are destroying them.
– Mohammed Saeed al-Sahaf

??? Doesn’t this sound a LOT like what Obama was saying about Al Qaeda?!

easyt65 on July 16, 2014 at 3:07 PM

I see that the “lady ninja” story made it into the comment area, but not this one from up above in the Headlines area via Breitbart:

Pope Francis Calls on U.S. to Welcome Illegal Immigrants

Hmmmmm.

Dr. ZhivBlago on July 16, 2014 at 3:17 PM

Ace is funny…speaking of Harry.

Years from now, we will realize the giant we shared the earth with, if only for a little while.

Cindy Munford on July 16, 2014 at 3:19 PM

Breaking News:
Harry has found a new source for earplugs to keep his brain-cells from draining out his ears. Now, if he could only do something about the pulled stitches in his lips?

Another Drew on July 16, 2014 at 3:38 PM

Which border?

airupthere on July 16, 2014 at 3:46 PM

Radio host Rush Limbaugh led his show Tuesday with stories about the successful pushback against the illegals going on across America.

“Here’s what you do not know,” he said. “There are towns all over America standing up to this invasion, just like they did in Murrieta, California. You’re not hearing about it, however, and I am here to tell you why you’re not hearing about it. Westminster, Maryland, is a town standing up to it, just like Murrieta, California, did. Oracle, Arizona, is standing up to it.

http://www.wnd.com/2014/07/hundreds-of-cities-fight-back-against-invasion/#ss6u0IByDqmtkb2O.99

cat_owner on July 16, 2014 at 4:23 PM

The thing about pathological liars is they just can’t stop – even when it’s blatantly obvious to everyone else around them that they’re lying.

dentarthurdent on July 16, 2014 at 4:56 PM

Putin invented disinformation and obama perfected it.

Schadenfreude on July 16, 2014 at 5:05 PM

WH refuses to stand with Harry

Schadenfreude on July 16, 2014 at 5:08 PM

The border is secure! Nothing to see here! Please disperse!

*Bong*(Illegal aliens) You are now free to move about the country!

Oh and free to murder apparently. Via Drudge:

http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-Texas/2014/07/16/Exclusive-Released-Alien-from-Border-Crisis-Arrested-For-Alleged-Murder-Kidnapping-in-Texas

oryguncon on July 16, 2014 at 5:11 PM

51 GOP senators will end Harry Reid’s tenure as majority leader.

V7_Sport on July 16, 2014 at 5:26 PM

Look at Hairy’s hands….. so creepy. Smooth, like a cadavers. Those hands haven’t worked any harder than it takes to give a 12-year-old boy a tushie massage……

Fathom on July 16, 2014 at 5:51 PM

Senator Martin Heinrich is from New Mexico. The New Mexico/Mexico border is 200 miles of stuff that sticks, stings and/or bites, and all of them are poison. There are no cities on either side of that border and even less water. In short, it is a death zone. Senator Heinrich’s ‘save border’ statement was ignorant, and Sen Reid is an old fool for repeating it.

WestTexasBirdDog on July 16, 2014 at 5:53 PM

V7_Sport on July 16, 2014 at 5:26 PM

Preferably without Sen. Cochran amongst their numbers.

Cindy Munford on July 16, 2014 at 6:31 PM

oryguncon on July 16, 2014 at 5:11 PM

Someone considered that guy a child?

Cindy Munford on July 16, 2014 at 6:38 PM

“THE BORDER IS SECURE”
“YOU CAN KEEP YOUR DOCTOR”
“AL QAEDA IS ON THE RUN”
“IRS SCANDAL (OR BENGHAZI) IS A WITCH HUNT”
“THAT AWFUL FILM MAKER IS RESPONSIBLE”
“BOWE BERGDAHL SERVED HIS COUNTRY WITH HONOR”
“IMPEACHING OBAMA IS RACISM”
“MOST ETHICAL ADMINISTRATION EVER”

Does anybody hate Democrats as much as I do?

MaiDee on July 16, 2014 at 7:33 PM

Harry “Baghdad Bob” Reid.

A split-screen comparison would be hilarious.

Skiritae on July 16, 2014 at 7:39 PM

I believe the border around Harry Reid’s brain is secure indeed

entagor on July 16, 2014 at 8:10 PM

Cindy Munford on July 16, 2014 at 6:31 PM

Just what I was thinking.

MaiDee on July 16, 2014 at 7:33 PM

Yes, I do.

cat_owner on July 16, 2014 at 10:06 PM

“THE BORDER IS SECURE”
“YOU CAN KEEP YOUR DOCTOR”
“AL QAEDA IS ON THE RUN”
“IRS SCANDAL (OR BENGHAZI) IS A WITCH HUNT”
“THAT AWFUL FILM MAKER IS RESPONSIBLE”
“BOWE BERGDAHL SERVED HIS COUNTRY WITH HONOR”
“IMPEACHING OBAMA IS RACISM”
“MOST ETHICAL ADMINISTRATION EVER”

Does anybody hate Democrats as much as I do?

MaiDee on July 16, 2014 at 7:33 PM”

Eric Holder sez that you are a racist.
Please be careful with your IRS Tax returns.

shorebird on July 17, 2014 at 12:16 AM

Holy. F*cking. Hell.

That’s it; headed down to HR to amend my witholding docs – I’m not paying another dollar in taxes – f*ck this.

Midas on July 16, 2014 at 2:35 PM

Tax revolt is needed. Why fund this completely corrupt and lawless administration? Starve the beast. They cannot do anything to 50,000,000 conservative patriots.

azpatriotsdotcom on July 17, 2014 at 12:28 AM

Someone should “secure” Harry Reid with a stright-jacket.

NoPain on July 17, 2014 at 10:59 AM

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