Wednesday, February 7, 2024

Border Bill is Terrible, and a Way for Biden to Dodge Blame for Not Enforcing the Law; Trump, Other Republicans Slam Senate Border Deal as ‘great gift’ to Democrats; Senate Border Security Deal Wasn’t Remotely Worth the Wait

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Border bill is terrible, and a way for Biden to dodge blame for not enforcing the law:
Obama Chief of Staff Rahm Emmanuel once said, “never let a crisis go to waste.”
The Biden administration goes one better: “Never create a crisis and let it go to waste.”
Panicked by alarmingly bad poll numbers on immigration, Senate Democrats are attempting to use the border emergency caused by President Biden’s immigration policies as an excuse to ram through a nearly 400-page bill with no hearings and only a few days to even read it.
The president, who repealed every Trump-era policy that had stabilized the border, is utterly shameless about this.
In a statement Sunday night, when the text of the backroom deal was finally released, he said, “If you believe, as I do, that we must secure the border now, doing nothing is not an option.”
“Chutzpah” doesn’t even begin to describe this level of audacity.
While the president has sufficient authority to stabilize the border, as evidenced by Trump’s success, there’s certainly a need for legislative changes. That’s why the House of Representatives passed H.R. 2 last year, which plugged many loopholes that make it hard to control the border.
But that bill would also restrict the president’s ability to release into the country foreigners who have no right to be here.
Despite President Biden’s newfound urgency to control the border, this was unacceptable to Democrats.
So, instead, they found easy marks among Senate Republicans to try to solve their political problem. GOP leader Mitch McConnell has said that funding for Ukraine (which is the main purpose of this bill) “is the number one priority for the United States right now,” so he was predisposed to agree to almost anything, like the guy who walks into a car dealership with his heart so set in a snazzy new sportscar that he’s talked into to the undercarriage coating and the paint protection package.
Even worse, McConnell selected James Lankford of Oklahoma as the lead negotiator for the border deal.
While Lankford’s voting record on immigration hasn’t been bad, he and his staff have little familiarity with the issue.
The result? Lankford got pantsed by the Democrats --->READ MORE HERE
Trump, other Republicans slam Senate border deal as ‘great gift’ to Democrats:
More Republicans on Capitol Hill turned on the latest Senate border deal Monday, taking issue with more than $20 billion earmarked to effectively expedite migrant processing into the US — as former President Donald Trump called it a “great gift to the Democrats.”
“I can’t support a bill that doesn’t secure the border, provides taxpayer funded lawyers to illegal immigrants and gives billions to radical open borders groups. I’m a no,” said National Republican Senatorial Committee chairman Steve Daines (R-Mont.).
“President Biden should instead use his executive authority to reinstitute the Trump policies he canceled: Remain in Mexico, Title 42, Wall construction,” added the Montanan.
The bill does include $650 million in funding for southern border wall construction and a Title 42-style authority to shut down the border when migrant crossings exceed a 5,000-per-day average over a one-week period.
But GOP border hawks have taken issue with the authority in the hours since the text was released Sunday night, pointing out that asylum seekers can still be processed at ports of entry and that the president can also suspend that provision if he considers it in the “national interest.”
Sen. J.D. Vance (R-Ohio) noted that Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) — one of the three negotiators of the legislation along with Sens. James Lankford (R-Okla.) and Kyrsten Sinema (I-Ariz.) — had acknowledged “the border never closes” under the proposed law.
“Biden can say anything is in the ‘national interest’ and thereby suspend the ‘border emergency authority.’ Don’t pretend to be surprised when he does,” Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) added. “Or better yet — don’t pass this hot mess!”
“Only a fool, or a Radical Left Democrat, would vote for this horrendous Border Bill, which only gives Shutdown Authority after 5000 Encounters a day, when we already have the right to CLOSE THE BORDER NOW, which must be done,” Trump posted Monday morning on his Truth Social account.
“This Bill is a great gift to the Democrats, and a Death Wish for The Republican Party. It takes the HORRIBLE JOB the Democrats have done on Immigration and the Border, absolves them, and puts it all squarely on the shoulders of Republicans. Don’t be STUPID!!! We need a separate Border and Immigration Bill. It should not be tied to foreign aid in any way, shape, or form! The Democrats broke Immigration and the Border. They should fix it. MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!!!” --->READ MORE HERE
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Senate border security deal wasn’t remotely worth the wait

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