FRONT PAGE CONTRIBUTOR
The House Judiciary Committee’s Moment to Shine
After 4 years of endless scandals sliding off Obama’s Teflon back, it appears his luck is finally coming to an end. Why would Republicans want to bail him out by bestowing him with an amnesty bill?
We all know that Obamacare was the crown jewel of Obama’s first term. With passage of that monstrosity, Obama effectively nationalized the largest sector of the economy and created incorrigible dependency for years to come. If there is one single piece of legislation that can be defined as the crown jewel of his second term, it’s the gang’s amnesty bill. What better way to leave office than to bequeath to his party a permanent governing majority engendered by mass amnesty and the doubling of our current record baseline of immigration? Unfortunately, Republicans are preparing to hand this gift to him on a silver platter, ironically, at a time when his entire presidency should be in peril.
This week, the Senate Judiciary Committee will pass the amnesty bill out to the floor. The fix is already in. They will get every Democrat plus Jeff Flake, Lindsey Graham, and perhaps Orrin Hatch, to vote for it. The bill will likely sail through the Senate in June. Only a few Republicans have voiced any degree of outrage at the bill and the way it was crafted. Moreover, the gang evidently had the blessing of Mitch McConnell. Sure, many of them will vote against the bill, but they are unlikely to filibuster the bill after all the enforcement amendments are voted down.
What about the “Tea Party-controlled House?
Last week, the House gang of 8, comprised of Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-CA) Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Fla.), Raúl Labrador (R-Idaho), Luis Gutiérrez (D-Ill.), John Yarmuth (D-Ky.), Sam Johnson (R-Texas) and John Carter (R-Texas), reached “an agreement in principle.” While they continue to keep the details secret, media reports indicate that their proposal will closely track the ‘legalization now, enforcement later’ framework of the Senate bill. In order to ameliorate this amnesty pig and make it more palatable to a Republican body, they are just wrangling over which shiny objects to place in the bill, such as delaying citizenship for an extra two years ( a red herring in itself because citizenship will never be delayed that long). The gang seems to have the full support of Boehner, who has declined to utter one negative word about the current proposal. He also has Paul Ryan engaging in an indefatigable gang of 2 with Gutierrez to pass amnesty now.
That leaves us with the House Judiciary Committee, led by Rep. Bob Goodlatte (VA), as the only body with the power to stop this madness and launch a counteroffensive based on conservative principles. On Wednesday, the House Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on the Senate amnesty bill. This is their moment to shine. Many of us off the Hill have been exposing the dozens of egregious provisions in the bill; now it’s time for the elected conservatives to have their voices heard.
Concurrently, they must push for comprehensive enforcement first. Just last week, we heard of yet another person who was let in legally from a high risk region and is now engaging in terror activities. They should look at restoring the National Security Entry-Exit Registration System (NSEERS), which required those visa recipients from countries that represent a security risk to register with an ICE office and report regularly about their plans. In light of Obama’s DHS approving 99.5% of all applicants for his illegal “DACA” administrative amnesty, I don’t think anyone has confidence in our willingness to weed out bad actors.
They should look at clamping down on sanctuary cities and deputizing state and local law enforcement to do the job the federal government won’t do.
They should look at our unqualified birthright citizenship policy, which turns our immigration and guest worker system into an immediate ticket to the welfare state.
They should look at cutting off all the magnets that lead to illegal immigration.
They should look at ending chain migration.
And finally, they should look at piecemeal reforms to our legal immigration system – reforms that prioritize those who benefit the country at large and make it easier and cheaper for them do go through the process, while reducing immigration that burdens the welfare state, adds to our record numbers, and discourages Americanization. Former committee chair Lamar Smith has a good bill that would abolish the 55,000 junk visas from the diversity lottery and reallocate them to those who graduate from American universities with advanced degrees in STEM. The bill received 257 votes last year (it failed because it was brought up under suspension, requiring a 2/3ds threshold).
Committee members must also get a commitment from leadership not to tack on any amnesty to a piecemeal bill, which would be used as a vehicle to go straight to conference with the Senate.
Seldom do members of a single committee have the opportunity to stand up for the millions of us who have been voiceless throughout this entire debate. Now is their time to shine.
Cross-posted from The Madison Project