By Nancy Thorner and Ed Ingold –
President Obama gave a press conference Friday, August 1, in which he mocked the Republicans in the House of Representatives for their last minute effort to pass a meaningful bill to assist in the cost of maintaining the border. The President announced that it would not pass the Senate, and if it did, he would veto it.
Their offense – no money for relocating over 50 thousand unaccompanied children throughout the United States, modifying the 2008 Child Immigration Law so that all would be treated the same as those from Mexico and Canada, and forbidding the President from granting amnesty to illegal immigrants by Executive Order. In short, the House bill is a bailout for enforcement costs and removes the incentive for parents in Central America to send their children on this perilous journey. Obama is having none of that, and it’s all the Republicans’ fault!
The incident is reminiscent of frequent scenes in the comic strip “Peanuts”, where Lucy would hold the football for Charlie Brown to kick, then pull it away at the last moment, causing Charlie Brown to fall on his head. When the magnitude of the immigration problem became public last month (the President know since January), Obama cited the 2008 law as preventing rapid deportation, and indicated he would support its repeal. Lucy always promised to hold the football “this time, for sure.”
It is ironic that one of the final pieces of legislation signed into law by President George W. Bush, and one that passed without controversy, was the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008, named for a 19th-century British abolitionist.
A White House spokesman, Tony Fratto, told reporters on Dec. 23, 2008: “This program has been very effective around the world in trying to stop trafficking in persons.” Never suspected at the time is that Bush’s legislation would be interpreted in a way to advance the calamitous flow of unaccompanied minors across the nation’s southern border.
Although not perfect, The House of Representatives did vote last night (August 1st) to pass a bill that blocks President Barack Obama from continuing or expanding executive amnesty via the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program or programs like it.
The bill passed 216 to 192, with 11 Republicans voting against it and 4 Democrats voting for it.
The Republicans who voted against are Reps. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL), Jeff Denham (R-CA), Cory Gardner (R-CO), Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), David Reichert (R-WA), David Valadao (R-CA), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Joe Heck (R-NV), Fred Upton (R-MI), Mark Amodei (R-NV), and Mike Coffman (R-CO).
The Democrats who voted for it are Reps. John Barrow (D-GA), Nick Rahall (D-WV), Mike McIntyre (D-NC), and Collin Peterson (D-MN).
The vote caps a lengthy battle between conservatives and the House GOP leadership and marks a new point in the GOP’s efforts to fight the Democrats on immigration, rallying Republicans against the left heading into the midterm election season.
The floor debate on this bill, and the one on Friday evening (8/1), were bloody fights between Republicans, who seem to have found their backbone against liberal immigration policies again, and Democrats, who are using this battle to push for a widespread amnesty via a comprehensive immigration reform bill. Nancy Pelosi even chased Republican Tom Marino across the House chambers. At one point, Rep. Steve King (R-IA) noted that the sergeant-at-arms of the House of Representatives had to come down to the floor to restore order after Democrats loudly protested the effort by the Republican Party to block President Obama’s planned executive amnesty.
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