Here’s a quick review of what Americans need to know as the Obama executive amnesty debate intensifies. Keep these things in mind the next time President Obama says, “Just pass a bill.”
First, the 2013 Senate bill that Obama wants Congress to pass, but that the House prudently refused to take up, would have nearly tripled legal immigration within the first decade, given lawful status to 12 million illegal immigrants, and added millions more overseas workers into the U.S. jobs market. If the Senate hadn’t so grossly overreached, immigration reform would easily have passed the House. Remember that, immediately following the 2012 election, the GOP was tripping over itself to reach out to Latino voters.
Second, while S.744 is constantly referred to as “bipartisan,” the Republican signatories include hardcore amnesty advocates like John McCain, Lindsey Graham, Lamar Alexander, Orrin Hatch and Jeff Flake. Each has a long, well-documented history of promoting more immigration. Political opportunists like Marco Rubio, Bob Corker and John Hoeven joined with McCain, et al to create the “bipartisan” coalition.
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Third, the House did “pass a bill.” In August, the House voted to block Obama from issuing future amnesty executive orders or expanding deferred action similar to his 2012 childhood arrivals program. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid refused to allow a vote. Although the bill would have been defeated, it would have forced the Senate to take a stand, for or against, future immigration executive orders.
Finally, although Obama likes to insult House Speaker John Boehner by offering to walk his dog or wash his car in exchange for a vote, the truth is that 18 months after the Senate passed S.744, it has not yet been forwarded to the House. Capitol Hill analysts say that the bill violates the Constitution because only the House can initiate revenue-related legislation. Reid hasn’t sent S.744 to the House because the taxation factors wrongly included in the Senate bill would render it DOA.
At least three months remain before the Department of Homeland Security will begin processing amnesty applications. Plenty of time remains to protest. Go to the CAPS Action Alert page here to tell Congress to deny funding for Obama’s executive action that will grant amnesty to 5 million unlawful immigrants.