Illegal immigrant climbs border fence right in front of McCain and Schumer; Update: Video added

No one has video of this glorious moment in the annals of border security? C’mon.

I’m trying to figure out why he would tweet this and I can’t settle on a theory. Maybe because he thinks it shows that the “goddamned fence” won’t keep illegals out, in which case there’s no point in expanding the one we have? Or is it because Border Patrol actually nabbed the illegal in this case? See, Janet Napolitano’s right — the border’s more or less secure-ish.

Actually, I think this is McCain in pretend border-hawk mode to lay the groundwork for the big immigration debate in the Senate next month. This bill’s not going to pass if Republican voters become convinced that the GOP caucus is selling them out on border improvements in the name of moving legalization along. Maverick and Graham have to at least appear to be driving a hard bargain with Schumer on security; tweeting about someone climbing the fence right in front of him serves that purpose as a vivid example of Something Must Be Done. By the same token, he told a town hall audience in Arizona two days ago that no, he won’t start using the Orwellian term “undocumented” to describe illegal immigrants. They’re “illegals,” darn it, and he won’t be bullied by Democrats into calling them anything else. Until the new Senate bill passes, that is, at which point all of those illegals will suddenly be eligible for legal status and he can start calling them “my friends” the way he does everyone else.

By the way, about that “big immigration debate”: I’m not sure it’s happening.

The Committee Republicans had asked Leahy “that the public be given adequate time, consistent with past practice in handling complex comprehensive immigration legislation, to read and analyze the contents of any such bill before it is listed on the Committee’s Executive Business Meeting agenda.”

For immigration reform this year, only three hearing have been held. Leahy claims that “during the four Congresses that preceded this one,” or over the past eight years, an additional 40 hearings were held “on these issues.”

Even though the precedent for public input and congressional hearings has not been met, Leahy said in his response to Sessions that “we have conducted multiple hearings on the exigent need for a comprehensive fix to our broken immigration system,” and that he now hopes “to turn to comprehensive immigration legislation and consider it through our normal Committee process.” Leahy does, however, admit that “we do not have a legislative proposal before us.”

So, in a way, just as the border’s already been kinda sorta secured, we’ve already kinda sorta debated immigration. If only the Senate could rubber-stamp the bill today. Alas, it won’t be available until April 8 at the earliest. Meanwhile, we’re still waiting for video of Obama’s big immigration interviews this afternoon. Something should be available by 8 p.m. ET, hopefully.

Update: Glorious.

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David Strom 3:31 PM on March 27, 2023