For the second time in the last couple of days I’ve pondered what Senators Corker and Hoeven think they gain by misleading Americans with their grand and enthusiastic announcement of a ‘border surge’ of agents that isn’t a surge for years – sometime between 2017 and 2021, if then. Michelle Malkin notes that the promised completion of a border fence before gaining a Green Card is a false promise. If the Secretary of Homeland Security decides she doesn’t want to build a fence on the border she already considers secure, she doesn’t have to. Was the following provision in the original Gang of 8 disastrous legislation or is it new to the amendment. Not sure, nevertheless, it’s right there on Page 34, Line 24 – and thanks to Doug Powers at Michelle Malkin for that.
Notwithstanding paragraph (1), nothing in this subsection shall require the Secretary to install fencing, or infrastructure that directly results from the installation of such fencing, in a particular location along the Southern border, if the Secretary [or her successors] determines that the use or placement of such resources is not the most appropriate means to achieve and maintain effective control over the Southern border at such location.
The “paragraph (1)” that new waiver refers to is the one that supposedly “requires” the construction of a fence along the border.
“Not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall establish a strategy, to be known as the ‘Southern Border Fencing Strategy,’ to identify where 700 miles of fencing (including double-layer fencing), infrastructure, and technology, including at ports of entry, should be deployed along the Southern border,” that paragraph of the bill reads.”This could allow illegal aliens to be granted amnesty, or legalized “Registered Provisional Immigration (RPI)” status, once Secretary Napolitano submits a fencing (and border security) plan to Congress. However, this provision allows Napolitano to decide against building the fence after doing so, with no legal ramifications.
And dittos on border security technology. Napolitano, or her successors, have full authority to choose border security technology, or alternate technology (whatever that means), or NO TECHNOLOGY whatsoever. Breitbart also has what the technology should be…unless Big Sis decides to do nothing.
We need a televised Townhall with every member of the Senate supporting the bill in front of a nationwide audience, ready with hard questions. Put these people in front of the public, on television before any vote – oh, my bad, Harry Reid has scheduled the vote for tomorrow, Monday June 24th.
Background and Related:
If you read only one, read the first one below.
Three points taken from Senator Jeff Sessions press release:
● The Schumer-Corker-Hoeven amendment doesn’t change the bill’s amnesty first framework. Instead it goes even further and creates an automatic amnesty for future illegal aliens. Section 2302 says if you overstay your visa in the future you can still apply for a green card and become a citizen. It is permanent lawlessness. Joined with existing language that restricts future enforcement, it guarantees unending illegal immigration.
● Contrary to their rhetoric there is no border surge. The Secretary [of Homeland Security] doesn’t even have to start hiring new border patrol agents until 2017, and the amendment only gives her until 2021 to increase the number by 20,000. According to the National Association of Former Border Patrol Agents, this hiring process could take up to 20 years. Much like the 2006 law requiring a 700-mile border fence, it’s never going to happen.
● To raise money, the amendment increases fees on visas for legal immigrants, but keeps the same low fees and fines for those applying for amnesty – favoring illegal over legal immigrants. Under the 2007 comprehensive immigration bill, amnesty applicants had to pay up to $8,000 – vastly more than the fines in the current plan which total only $2,000 and are subject to numerous waivers. The Gang has repeatedly claimed their bill is completely paid for by fees. However, under the Schumer-Corker-Hoeven amendment, the American taxpayers are on the hook for $38 billion.
Contact info – vote sometime tomorrow – call anyway – if it passes keep calling, tweeting and leaving messages on their Facebook page. Include your own Senators too:
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