And we’ve still got time to kill it.
The bill has big problems, not just with me but with enough members of the US Senate to block a vote. The latest problem to rear its head – actually we’ve known about it for a long time, it’s just starting to get press – is border security.
As we’ve noted in our series (see below for links), the bill is supposed to be a security first, amnesty second piece of legislation. It’s not and Marco Rubio is lying about the security provisions. This Washington Examiner article points out what we’ve been saying…
When the bill first came out, Rubio did a comprehensive tour of conservative radio shows selling a border commission made up of federal and state officials as the linchpin security measure of his plan. For example, here is what he told Mark Levin:
It requires if the Department of Homeland Security does not achieve 100 percent operational awareness and 90 percent apprehensions on the border, they lose control of the issue, to a commission, not a Washington commission, to a local commission, made up of the governors of the four border states, talking about Texas and Arizona, where they will then finish the job of securing the border, including the fencing plan.
But the border commission would do no such thing. Far from taking “control of the issue” and “finishing the job,” under Rubio’s bill, all the commission does is issue a report and give it to the Department of Homeland Security. That’s it. DHS can then throw it directly in the trash.
In other words, he’s – at best – leaving the job of securing the southern border to the Governors of the border states and at worst – which is what will happen – the Department of Homeland “Security” will declare the border “safe” and amnesty will proceed with the current wide open border in place and there will be no effort to secure it.
We’ve got some time and some hope of stopping this monstrosity from passing the Senate. It turns out, again reported by the Washington Examiner, that there probably aren’t 60 votes – yet – to break a filibuster and allow a Senate vote.
Democratic and Republican sources working to build support for the bill agreed that garnering the necessary GOP votes would require amending the legislation to strengthen its border security components. Additionally, there are senators on both sides of the aisle who don’t support the current measure because of provisions other than border security who also must be appeased.
The bill’s supporters are now focusing their efforts on wooing as many as five Democrats who might oppose it and about two dozen Republicans described as “gettable” or “maybes” but who for now are far from a “yes” vote. …
The GOP “gettables” include three members of leadership: Senate Conference Chairman John Thune, of South Dakota; Conference Vice Chairman Sen Roy Blunt, of Missouri; and Sen. Jerry Moran, of Kansas, who chairs the Senate Republican campaign committee.
What can we do? We can call and fax those three Senators, and I’d add in Orrin Hatch who is a perennial squish, and Mitch McConnell the Minority Leader. Let Mitch know he needs to actually provide leadership. There are several other Senators who are also potential votes for Amnesty and I’ve included them on the list as well as Mario Rubio who needs to know we’re on to his lying ways.
After you’ve contacted those Senators, contact yours, just press the button at the bottom of the post and get their contact information.
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Remember, be polite! The points to make are:
- The current legislation leaves the decision on when the border is “secure” to the DHS.
- DHS has admitted in Congressional testimony that it cannot meet the security metrics defined in the legislation.
- The bill provides amnesty for all those currently in the US and their relatives currently outside the US who will be given expedited entry. That’s a total of over 35 million people.
- DHS cannot do background checks as required, they’re not staffed for it and the proof of identity requirements are too flimsy.
- The so called “back tax” and “penalty” provisions have been or can easily be waived.
If you’re not up to date on this critical issue, you can get current by reading our series…
- Raping Arizona… What it’s like living on the border with Mexico and the lie about a “secure border.”
- SB 1070 – Enforcing the law when the Feds won’t… The truth about immigration law enforcement and SB1070.
- Who controls the border? Hint: not the DHS or the Border Patrol.
- Build the dang fence… Fence? What fence.
- What about those numbers? Forget 11 million illegals, think 30 million plus.
- The Border Patrol… They’re trying to do their job.
- Can the Border be Secured? Yes, with new technology that is proven to work, but we’ve got to have the desire to actually secure our southern border.
Here are some additional talking points and you can follow the links for more details.
- Border Security. DHS admits they can’t secure the border or even define what that means.
- Cost of the bill. Proponents are saying that this bill will bring down the deficit because illegals who are being paid under the table will now be paying taxes. That claim is a blatant lie. According to a Heritage Foundation study, the cost will be $6.3 TRILLION for 11 million illegal immigrants, and there’s a problem with this study. The real number will be more on the order of 30 to 40 million.
- Paying back taxes and penalties. That would be the job of the IRS, assessing back taxes and penalties. They’re too busy investigating conservative 501 groups and setting up to enforce ObamaCare.
- They’ll have to learn English. No.
- They’ll have to pass a background check. Not on your life.
- They’ll pay a fee and fine. Guess who gets to define the “fees” and the “fines”? That would be Janet Napolitano. You can guess what they’ll be.
- They have to go to the back of the line for consideration for citizenship. They come here illegally, receive a work permit, Social Security account, etc, and then it’s likely that DHS, with the blessing of John McCain, Lindsay Graham, Jeff Flake and Marco Rubio, will waive fees and back taxes and any other requirement they feel like.
What can you do?
Well for starters use the “Share” button at top of this article to forward a link of this series to everybody you know and follow up with them encouraging them to take action.
Call you US Senators and tell them to vote NO! Your talking points are all laid out above.
Call your Congressman and let him or her know that you want this immigration fiasco stopped. Again, talking points are supplied.
Ask your friends and family to make a call as well. We’ve made it easy for you, click below and you can get your representative’s numbers and you can send them a fax letting them know that you want Security First!