The Senate bill on “comprehensive immigration reform” which is touted as “bipartisan,” gives final say and complete control of the last word on border security. If Big Sis says our borders, are secure, then they will be considered secure. The idea is that there will no “path to citizenship” without securing the border. Napolitano routinely crows about how amazingly secure our borders are today. If Napolitano leaves the post, her successor will be the ‘decider.’ See an excellent video on illegal aliens below. If you are a U.S. citizen and ecstatic over the prospect of “comprehensive immigration control” under the Obama administration vision, I dare you to watch the video.
Sen. Charles Schumer (N.Y.), the lead Democratic sponsor of the bipartisan immigration reform framework unveiled this past week, said Napolitano should decide.
“What we’ve proposed is that the DHS secretary, whomever it is, will have final say on [whether] whatever metrics we proposes are met,” Schumer said. “We think those metrics will be quite objective.”…
“My constituents are not going to accept a Washington bureaucrat making a representation the border is secure when they know it’s not true. So that’s unacceptable,” said Senate Republican Whip John Cornyn, who represents Texas.
Both McCain and Cornyn represent the border states of Arizona and Texas (respectively).
A commission made up of Governors, Attorneys General, Southwestern Community Leaders will make recommendations. The commission cannot make the determination of adequate border security because…it might violate the Constitution as only Congress can make law. WOW, Congress has awakened. They haven’t been making significant laws or abiding by the Constitution for years. Note that the same thing happened with ObamaCare. When the legislation was passed, there was little “law” in it. That power was given to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, who is daily writing the actual law. Congress once again attempting to abdicate their power to unelected bureaucrats:
They could not render the final judgment, however, because lawmakers fear that would violate the Constitution.
McCain says the commission nevertheless will have a significant influence.
“The Constitution requires that action taken by the Congress is not dictated by a commission. We will be guided to a large degree by their conclusions and recommendations,” he said.
With all due respect to John McCain, Janet Napolitano is not a member of Congress. All quotes above are from The Hill – read it here.
The new Gang of 8 are working on it, according to McCain. Who are they: Marco Rubio (R-FL), John McCain (R-AZ), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Jeff Flake (R-AZ), Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Michael Bennet (D-CO), Dick Durbin (D-IL) Source: ABC News