Immigration Bill quotes and notes

Sen. Ted Cruz

Sen. Ted Cruz

The betrayal of the Rule of Law and our Constitutional Republic continue in the time of leftist loons and a cowardly Congress.  Not all, however, have drunk the Kool-Aid of malicious manipulations by well-funded evil or the fools who worship fame.  At the moment, the battle is in the U.S. Senate.

Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), a senior member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, issued the following statement after Monday’s vote:

Sen. Jeff Sessions

Sen. Jeff Sessions

“The Gang of Eight and their allies revealed their true tactics tonight. They shut down debate and blocked amendments to a 1,200-page immigration bill that no one has read. It was anything but the open and fair process that they had promised.

“What we know for absolute certain is that this bill guarantees three things: instantaneous amnesty, permanent lawlessness, and a massive expansion in legal immigration that will reduce wages for working Americans. This legislation is a crushing blow to the working people of this country, a surrender to illegality, and a capitulation to special interests over the interests of the citizens we pledged to represent,” Sen. Sessions concluded.

·        Immediate amnesty before enforcement
·        Guts legal requirement for biometric exit-entry system
·        Millions of green cards (permanent residency) before enforcement—debunking another false claim from sponsors
·        No border surge. Agents aren’t required until 2021. It will never happen
·        No fence requirement. DHS retains discretion in the bill that preempts the call for a fence in ten years. Litigation also provides an escape hatch to never build the fence. The fence won’t happen
·        Legalization for gang members and convicted criminals
·        Amnesty for future visa overstays (in other words, a prospective amnesty for future illegal immigrants)
·        Guaranteed welfare access for illegal immigrants
·        Undermines interior enforcement, prompting ICE officers to warn: “There is no doubt that, if passed, public safety will be endangered and massive amounts of future illegal immigration—especially visa overstays—is ensured.”
·        Expands non-merit chain migration—less than 10 percent of future flow is merit-based
·        Doubles the number of guest workers and triples the number of immigrants granted lawful permanent residency—reducing wages for U.S. workers and driving up unemployment

Sen. Tom Coburn

Sen. Tom Coburn

Oklahoma Senator Dr. Tom Coburn voted no and you may watch his speech from the floor of the Senate by clicking here.

Excerpts from Dr. Coburn’s remarks include the following:

“In his farewell address, President Reagan described the shining city on the hill.   He said people coming here make us better.  What he described … was a wall with doors.”

“The rule of law is the glue that holds us together.  This bill and this amendment is full of holes as far as the rule of law is considered.  It’s written so that the Secretary of Homeland Security can waive almost every portion of it.  That’s not the rule of law.  That’s the rule of rulers.”

“How stupid is this?  What we’re doing is we’re throwing money, hoping it’ll stick on a wall, and hoping we can convince our colleagues that we’ve got a border security plan when in fact there’s no border security plan in the United States today.  And how do I know?  Because two weeks ago I had breakfast with Secretary Napolitano and I asked her.  She said she would send a sector-by-sector border plan for the United States.  I got a two-page letter that had nothing on it.”

ImmigrationFamily“This bill has no teeth.  This bill has $48 billion thrown up against the wall to buy the votes to say we’re going to have a secure border when in fact we’re not.”

The Blaze posted a list of the 15 Republicans who most obviously betrayed the nation with their narrow simplistic or corrupt support of the measure writing:

Highly debated immigration legislation cleared a key Senate hurdle with votes to spare on Monday, pointing the way to near-certain passage within days for $38 billion worth of future security measures along the border with Mexico and an unprecedented chance at citizenship for millions living in the country illegally.

The vote was 67-27, seven more than the 60 needed, with 15 Republicans agreeing to advance legislation at the top of President Barack Obama’s second-term domestic agenda.

Here are the 15 Republican senators who voted in favor of invoking cloture on the amendment, according to the Weekly Standard:

Lamar Alexander
Kelly Ayotte
Jeffrey Chiesa
Susan Collins
Bob Corker
Jeff Flake
Lindsey Graham
Orrin Hatch
Dean Heller
John Hoeven
Mark Kirk
John McCain
Lisa Murkowski
Marco Rubio
Roger Wicker

Last-minute frustration was evident among opponents. In an unusual slap at members of his own party as well as Democrats, Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas said it appeared that lawmakers on both sides of the political aisle “very much want a fig leaf” on border security to justify a vote for immigration.

ImmigrationObama“We have seen this play before, it is reminiscent of Obamacare,” Cruz said on the Senate floor Monday. “Yet another bill that we were told we’ve got to pass it to find out what’s in it.”

To watch Cruz rail against the bill, click here for the video and more from The Blaze.  Now that Marco Rubio has shown himself the rube, it may be time to contribute to Sen. Ted Cruz for President.