Immigration Depends on What The Meaning of “Comprehensive” Is

The White House blamed Republicans for the death of Kate Steinle after a five-time deported illegal migrant shot her on a pier in San Francisco. Senator Lindsey Graham said “shame on us as Republicans” in the House for not passing comprehensive immigration reform (i.e. S. 744, 2013). Graham, along with Senator Marco Rubio, is in the 2016 race for the presidency, and both drafted, and defended, the Senate Gang of 8 legislation. It depends on what the meaning of “comprehensive” is, and we shouldn’t forget it, or excuse their accusations. The meaning of “comprehensive” is in the eye of the politician. I demonstrate that below, but first I have an update on this blog. (If you’re leaving before reading, please click the Facebook “Like” button in my left sidebar. Changes with Facebook are explained below.)

Many of you know that I lost my Mother last month, after a diagnosis that left her with 2-1/2 months to live. At 93, she was courageous, funny, tender, and wise, right up to her last moments. So much more I could say, but have said quite a bit here while she was still with us, so I will move on.

Once again, my husband and I thank everyone who has been concerned about, and praying for, our son. He was diagnosed with advanced stage kidney cancer one year ago. He is an amazing young man. Through all these tough times, he has continued to work, and be positive, everyday. He is doing the most he can do in this battle. Your prayers matter to us, and we are grateful beyond expression.

To politics:

Have you noticed that Republican leadership never explains that the meaning of “comprehensive” to a Democrat, is the opposite of what “comprehensive” means to a conservative? And that we should be defended for that distinction.

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Do you remember Barack Obama saying this about Republicans?

Maybe they’ll say we need a moat. Or alligators in the moat…They’ll never be satisfied. And I understand that. That’s politics…So what would comprehensive reform look like? First, we know that government has a threshold responsibility to secure the borders and enforce the law. . .  Barack Obama, May 2011

With S. 744 came:

◉ No border security improvements until 12 million illegal migrants came “out of the shadows,” and were officially “documented.”

The Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) said the bill failed to “provide a precondition for amnesty.

◉ Generations of illegal migrant’s coming in on the coat tails of one illegal already here.

Massive grants with no set number of those who qualify for the grants.

◉ The sole decision on when, and whether, the border is secure, made by the Secretary of Homeland Security with this exception: A Commission formed based on the “knowledge and experience” of those on the Commission. (reminders of past commissions below).

Remember the history of “commissions” in this administration: The Sequester Committee, The Benghazi Accountability Review Board, The Obamacare Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB)?

◉ Yet another “Commission”

…tasked with a single report in its 10 years of planned existence. Source

◉ Pro-amnesty activists with an abundance of power.

S. 744 would reward pro-amnesty activists with new seats at the table. S. 744 would institute a 33-member Department of Homeland Security Border Oversight Task Force that would include civil rights advocates, tribal leaders, and representatives from “faith communities” and “higher education” to “make recommendations regarding immigration and border enforcement policies…It is virtually guaranteed that this task force would be dominated by pro-amnesty, anti-enforcement activists. Source

Better treatment, under the law, for illegals, than legals.

Three forged passports allowed before the illegal migrant is charged with a crime. Click the link and see how the law was rewritten in S. 744. So far, no one in the Gang of 8 has claimed responsibility.

◉ No fix for Visas – There are 8,000 employees in the Bureau of Consular Affairs. George W. Bush failed to rid the State Department of its partisan career bureaucrats. I can’t imagine any Republican coming into the White House, and not cleaning out State, but it happened. Can I prove that these partisan bureaucrats have purposely ignored over-stayed Visas, knowing that sooner or later there would have to be amnesty? No, I can’t prove it, but I think it’s reasonable to consider it a likely truth. The goal is Democrat voters, and the goalie is about to score unless we choose a strong president who respects the rule of law.

◉ No fix for Anchor Babies – In the rare event that the mother and child are deported, once the child is 21, the door is opened to extended family.

Some 400,000 women come here, from across the globe, solely to give birth to a U.S. citizen every year…When an anchor baby reaches the age of 21, he/she can legally sponsor large numbers of relatives to come here.

◉ The redefining of lawful “discretion”

Instead of meaning commonsense use of DHS’s authority to respond to exceptions and special cases, prosecutorial discretion under President Obama means that the exception has become the rule. Source

◉ Consistent undermining of state and local laws.

◉ No defined way for E-Verify to work, or for the Department of Justice to manage the large numbers of cases to come their way.

None of the above touches the complications of DREAMers or RPIs (Registered Provisional Immigrant). While all of this is old news, we hear it routinely because Republicans are to blame for whatever happened today. We are blamed for not goose-stepping with the Republican members of the Gang of 8 (John McCain (R-AZ), Jeff Flake (R-AZ), Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Lindsay Graham (R-SC). Surely our career politicians can find a way to turn this pointed finger around.

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  • very sorry to hear about your mother’s passing, but you were very lucky to have enjoyed her for so long. And still remembering your son in my prayers.

    • Thank you, Norma. I was so very fortunate to have her, and for to have had an alert mind. We shopped and lunched up to the last 2 months. I couldn’t have asked for more. I am grateful, grateful for your prayers. Hope all is well with you.

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        Maggie: Sympathy to you and your family. You have been through tough times and continue to push on. Glad to see this post as I have missed them. Keep on the good work, and GOD bless you and your family.

        • Hi Fixall, thank you so much for the kind comments, and the blessings. Believe me, they are appreciated, along with the reading.

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  • Maggie, It is wonderful to hear from you.
    I am sorry for your loss. No doubt this past year has been for you an your family one heck of an emotional roller coaster. Praying as well for your son. All of your are in our prayers. God bless you.

    • PUMA, great to see you. This year has been all that you mention, but we’ve also had many blessings. We so appreciate the prayers. Thank you so very much!

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  • I’m sorry to hear about your Mom, Maggie. And sorry to have been out of touch for so long. Life has a way of requiring a lot of attention.

    As to the politics of immigration reform, the GOP needs to get back to the basics. We used to be a nation of laws. Those laws have been ignored for far too long and we are seeing the results of that in our society. Until enough people realize that and reach the decision that we must go back to following the law, we are fighting a losing battle. The GOP establishment either does not see that, or they simply refuse to admit the truth because it would threaten their grip on the power of the Republican Party.

    • Hi Larry, I’m dubious that we will every get back to the Rule of Law, and lay out consequences for those who have violated it — there must be consequences. We MUST pick a strong leader, one not afraid to come in and undo, redo, restart, and clean out the State Department, all the way to the basement where Lois Lerner’s paper trail was shredded. So great to see you again.