Senator and former Republican presidential nominee John McCain believes that if Republicans don’t pass “immigration reform” they can’t beat Hillary Clinton in 2016.
As the severe crisis on our southern border — especially the influx of thousands of unaccompanied children who have come here illegally from Central America — receives daily coverage by the media, prospects of Congress passing “immigration reform” legislation during this session are becoming very unlikely.
A bipartisan pair of legislators from Texas, Republican Sen. John Cornyn and Democrat Rep. Henry Cuellar, introduced bills in their respective houses on July 15 that would expedite the processing of minors who have illegally crossed the border into the United States.
Both medical professionals and officers with the Border Patrol union have expressed concern about the number of illegal immigrants, including the many unaccompanied children housed at federal holding facilities, who have communicable diseases.
In an explosive letter hand-delivered to the offices of all 535 members of Congress, Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) warned fellow lawmakers that a new plot by Obama to grant amnesty to millions more illegal immigrants by executive decree “threatens the foundation of our constitutional Republic.” If the administration is not stopped, Sessions added, the borders and immigration law would essentially be nullified, paving the way for an even more dangerous crisis. As such, Congress must take action to restrain the president, he said.
Here’s a recent — and supposedly racist — message from the labor union that represents U.S. border patrol agents, as posted by the governing National Border Patrol Council: “New annual job rating areas: Babysitting, Diaper Changing, Burrito Wrapping, Cleaning cells. Law Enforcement? What’s that?”
As our nation struggles to deal with an almost uncontrollable surge of illegal immigrants crossing our southern border, many in government are seeking to place the blame for the crisis on their political opponents. But some who have studied the worsening situation have concluded that the crisis is neither accidental nor unavoidable, but the result of a planned political agenda.
Gathered at the summer meeting of the National Governors Association in Nashville on July 13, several governors shared their views about Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Matthews Burwell’s efforts to gain their support for hosting thousands of unaccompanied children from Central America who have illegally crossed our borders.
In an op-ed piece in the New York Times for July 11, three of America’s wealthiest and most powerful business magnates — Sheldon Adelson, Warren Buffett, and Bill Gates — lamented that “immigration reform” legislation is having such difficulty in getting though Congress.
After initially turning down the White House’s invitation to meet President Obama upon his arrival at the state capital of Austin, Texas Governor Rick Perry met with Obama on July 9 in Dallas. Perry had described an Austin meeting, which would have been little more than a photo-op, as “a quick handshake on the tarmac.”
On July 8, President Obama sent a letter to Speaker of the House John Boehner requesting emergency supplemental appropriations in the amount of $3.7 billion to “comprehensively address” the “urgent humanitarian situation” on “on both sides of the Southwest border.”