As Americans express their outrage about the unaccompanied (but really accompanied) minors (but with many teenagers and adults included) crisis (of President Obama and the complicit GOP-controlled House’s making), Kevin McCarthy, the new House Majority Leader, traveled to Peoria to campaign for challenger and former U.S. Rep. Bobby Schilling. In a breathtakingly clueless speech, McCarthy promised that the House would soon take up legislation to secure the border – a standard, immediately broken promise – and to “reunite families” because it’s a “humanitarian crisis.” (See McCarthy’s alarming speech here.)
McCarthy must not watch the nightly news or read the newspapers. Americans angry with nonexistent immigration enforcement view the flood of Central Americans as the last straw. Overwhelmingly, U.S. citizens want the aliens sent home … and promptly.
While it’s hardly shocking that a powerful GOP congressman like McCarthy would ignore and even insult Americans who want immigration laws obeyed (see Exhibit One, House Speaker John Boehner), McCarthy’s statement on behalf of Schilling is hard to fathom. McCarthy is Majority Leader because his predecessor, Eric Cantor, lost a primary election to underfunded, unknown economics professor David Brat, an enforcement advocate. Apparently, McCarthy doesn’t understand the message voters sent Cantor and his congressional colleagues: Enough is enough!
On the other hand, Senator Ted Cruz, a vocal opponent of Obama’s immigration incentivizing, introduced legislation that will resonate with Americans. Cruz’s bill would prevent the Obama administration from using taxpayer funds to expand his 2012 DACA program (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) and from continuing to lawlessly issue work permits to DACAs and other illegal immigrants. Unlike McCarthy’s interpretation of reunification which would eventually include amnesty and work permits, Cruz’s legislation would sensibly reunite aliens with their families in Central America, a better and a hopefully permanent solution.
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