Thursday, July 23rd, 2015 and is filed under Blog, Immigration
Amongst the many battles that Conservatives have faced in Congress in the past few months, the battle against the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) has taken front stage as the legislation enacted by President Bush in 2002 is up for revision. While efforts to stop the inefficient and outdated solution to the education problem (it never really worked anyway), Democrats and some pro- No Child Left Behind GOP members have actively blocked voting on legislation that would cut money going to cities that are sanctuaries for illegal immigrants. A sanctuary city is one that declares Federal Immigration laws null and void within its limits. Republican leaders like Senators Alexander (R-TN) and Cornyn (R-TX) have both actively blocked voting on the very legislation that would essentially be making cities comply with the law.
The amendment (no. 2146), introduced by Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR), would cut all funding of government law enforcement grants to these so called sanctuary cities. Supported by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), the legislation would properly address a growing issue regarding national security and the well being of the United States. If the recent issue of illegal immigrants being involved in criminal activity doesn’t speak for itself, a recent study conducted by the Center For Immigration Studies shows that many of the illegal immigrants that are let go will soon fall to criminal activity. In 2014, sanctuary cities were responsible for the release of about 8,000 illegal immigrants, and out of those 8,000, about 2,000 were arrested for an array of crimes within an eight-month period of their initial release.
With all of this information on the table, Republican leaders continue to push their leftist agendas and block voting on this important issue. While both No Child Left Behind and the Export-Import Bank will hurt American education, businesses, and jobs respectively, a crack down on these sanctuary cities will promote a safe and lawful nation, one in which repeatedly breaking the law and sheltering those individuals who do so is simply unacceptable.
Wednesday, July 15th, 2015 and is filed under Blog, Immigration
Cross posted from Conservative Review
By: CR Staff | July 15, 2015
Forget about sanctuary cities, the U.S. Senate is becoming a sanctuary for illegal aliens.
It’s not only President Obama who refuses to recognize the murder of Kate Steinle at the hands of illegal aliens – both in public and by privately consoling the family members. According to conservative aides, Republican leaders are opposing a vote on an amendment that would put an end to liberal cities thwarting federal immigration laws, “sanctuary cities.”
“Alexander and Cornyn really pressured conservatives to back off from getting a vote on sanctuary cities amendments,” an aide told Conservative Review. “Alexander didn’t want his education bill derailed but John Cornyn, despite his public comments otherwise, is terrified about the prospect of voting on eliminating sanctuary cities and offending his golden goose: Houston.”
Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) has introduced an amendment (no. 2146) to the pending reauthorization of No Child Left Behind, (S.1177) that would cut off all federal law enforcement grants to sanctuary cities and reallocate those funds to states and localities that comply with federal law. Sens. Sessions (R-AL) and Cruz (R-TX) have co-sponsored the amendment and Sen. Vitter (R-LA) has a similar proposal he recently introduced.
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Monday, June 15th, 2015 and is filed under Blog, Immigration
Cross posted from Conservative Review.
By: Daniel Horowitz | June 15th, 2015
When Emma Lazarus wrote “The New Colossus” for the Statue of Liberty in 1883, it’s quite unlikely she could have envisioned this current president’s immigration policies.
“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,” she wrote in her poem, which was eventually engraved inside of the Statue of Liberty. Obama’s version of the poem would probably read something like this: “Give me all of the world’s poor, your security risks, your sex offenders, and violent criminals yearning to commit violent crimes and be allowed to breathe free without any potential retribution.”
Sound harsh or unfair?
This is exactly what is occurring at present, yet almost none of the politicians are voicing any concern over the growing list of immigrant murderers and sex offenders who are released into the public. What is so tragic about this growing crisis is that it is so avoidable. It’s tough enough preventing heinous crimes from Americans. There is no reason we should become a magnet for the world’s criminals, especially those who come here illegally and can easily be deported.
The Obama Administration’s open door policy to criminal aliens
There are over 167,000 criminal aliens who have been ordered deported yet are roaming free throughout all 50 states. The Obama administration has released roughly 66,600 over the past two fiscal years. In addition to releasing criminal aliens, agents are now arresting criminal aliens at a slower rate than ever.
Now the Boston Globe has published a riveting expose on information they discovered about hundreds of violent sex offenders who have been released with no desire on the part of the feds to seriously track their behavior or whereabouts. After winning a lawsuit against ICE for withholding this information, the federal officials finally released the data to the Globe – just for the years 2008-2012. The Globe discovered that 424 sex offenders were released during that time. One can only imagine how many more were released after 2012 when the administration vitiated immigration enforcement altogether. ICE is still withholding that information.
While listing the shocking details of some of the specific offenders, the Globe characterized the broad group of individuals they researched as follows:
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Tuesday, March 31st, 2015 and is filed under Blog, Immigration, Issues
There have been three votes the United States House of Representatives have taken this Congress that have been of grave importance to the conservative movement.
The first was the vote for Speaker of the House, which 25 Republican members opposed the liberal House leadership and voted for someone other than John Boehner.
The second was against the DHS bill, which funded Obama’s unlawful executive amnesty. For this vote 75 Republicans joined with Democrats and voted for the bill. The conservative vote was a “No” vote.
The third, which happened this past week, was the vote for the “Doc Fix” bill, H.R. 2. This bill broke the hopes of a budget, yet only 33 Republicans voted “No”.
Madison Project would like to thank those 37 members who stood up for conservative principles and voted “No” on HR2.
Rep. Mo Brooks
Rep. Gary Palmer
Rep. David Schweikert
Rep. Tom McClintock
Rep. Darrell Issa
Rep. Ken Buck
Rep. Ron DeSantis
Rep. David Jolly
Rep. Barry Loudermilk
Rep. Tom Graves
Rep. Raul Labrador
Rep. Jan Schakowsky
Rep. Randy Hultgren
Rep. Peter Visclosky
Rep. Rod Blum
Rep. Steve King
Rep. Tim Huelskamp
Rep. Thomas Massie
Rep. Justin Amash
Rep. Scott Garrett
Rep. Jerrold Nadler
Rep. Walter Jones
Rep. Mark Meadows
Rep. Jim Jordan
Rep. Jim Bridenstine
Rep. Mark Sanford
Rep. Mick Mulvaney
Rep. Scott DesJarlais
Rep. Jim Cooper
Rep. Louie Gohmert
Rep. Sam Johnson
Rep. John Ratcliffe
Rep. Kenny Marchant
Rep. Dave Brat
Rep. James Sensenbrenner
Rep. Glenn Grothman
Rep. Cynthia Lummis
Friday, January 30th, 2015 and is filed under Blog, Immigration
You would think a bill with “border security” in the title would be a surefire win with conservative Members of Congress. But, it’s easy to give a bill a deceptive name that doesn’t truly reflect it’s full intentions.
That’s exactly the case with Rep. Michael McCaul’s “Secure our Borders First” (H.R 399). Sounds great, but doesn’t do nearly enough to begin fixing America’s massive immigration problem.
As conservatives Members huddle in talks in the newly minted House Freedom Caucus, so too do establishment Republicans hell bent on keeping their agenda afloat. But transparency is the key to all things government so let’s talk about what this “border security” bill really is.
The border security provisions in the bill aren’t bad ideas, they’re just not good enough. More moderate Republicans like McCaul and his supporters aren’t committed to crafting hardcore immigration legislation that substantively combats Obama’s awful policies.
Sen. Jeff Sessions has been a vocal opponent of the bill and a voice for conservatives in the fight to do more, noting how little McCaul’s bill does to tackle Obama’s amnesty policies, which are the main issue at stake now. Sessions has said:
Surely, Congress must not allow the president a single dime to carry out an illegal order that Congress has rejected and which supplants the laws Congress has passed.
The opposition is gathering steam. A vote on the bill was pushed back from this week. GOP leadership claimed it was due to inclement weather but insiders believe they feared a lack of support. So, they are likely scrambling behind the scenes now, attempting to rally more Members to support the bill before moving forward.
The bill did pass last week in the House Homeland Security Committee, which McCaul chairs, but it’s anyone’s guess whether they can gain needed support in the House now. As one conservative member, Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) said, it’s a “show horse, not a work horse.”
Are GOP leaders trying to fool the American people into thinking they’re actually doing something? Americans certainly expect that they will make bold moves on this issue, considering they just elected a GOP majority in both houses with these very reforms in mind.
The bottom line is this: The GOP needs to stop trying to prove their doing something — and actually DO it. This issue will affect our country for a long time to come and it’s worth heading back to the drawing board and presenting something with true, lasting value that will put us back on the right track.
Monday, January 26th, 2015 and is filed under Blog, Immigration
After the most interesting election for Speaker of the House in years, John Boehner won again and promised he would fight President Obama’s executive amnesty “tooth and nail.”
Many are skeptical of that promise, wondering if Boehner and his leadership friends will truly stand up for conservative principles in the face of the coming 2016 elections.
The first test for Republicans comes this week, when Rep. Michael McCaul’s border security bill comes up for a vote. It sounds good from the outset but key conservative leaders like Sen. Jeff Sessions — newly appointed chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s subcommittee on immigration — aren’t so sure about that.
The bill is reported to provide multi-billions for drones, radars, surveillance systems, fencing and more — but Sessions said it “fail[ed] to include the measures necessary to fulfill its promises.”
Even though McCaul calls it the “toughest border security bill ever set before Congress,” it’s clear that conservative leaders want to get this right the first time.
After Obama’s amnesty passed last year against major opposition, they know there’s little room for error when it comes to re-establishing a solid immigration reform plan for the future. By placing Sessions in a high level position on the immigration issue, it’s clear Republicans are serious about taking a hard line stance.
The McCaul bill, however, just isn’t good enough.
“Democrats fight with more passion in defense of illegal immigrants than Republicans fight in defense of American workers,” said Sessions recently.
What exactly is the problem with the McCaul bill? Sessions says it’s a bad use of taxpayer money to put more into the border Obama’s policies have moved the problem inside the country, with amnesty for up to 5 million and permits for more to enter legally.
As The Daily Caller reported from one Hill staffer who opposes the bill, “Even if additional spending and border guards catch more migrants, Obama’s deputies will likely release them and give them work permits unless the laws are changed.”
Sessions isn’t alone in his concern. Rep. Steve King (R-IA), Rep. John Fleming (R-LA) and Rep. Tom McClintock (R-CA) have all expressed doubts about the bill. Fleming claimed it has “too many loopholes” and many conservatives agree.
With less than 2 years left in his Presidency, Obama is on a destructive policy pathway and it’s up to conservatives in Congress to stand strong for foundational principles on immigration that will have a lasting legacy.
If this border security bill isn’t good enough, they need to create something that is — and get the rest of the GOP on board.
UPDATE: House Republican leaders have pulled the border security bill from this week’s schedule, pointing to bad weather conditions.
Monday, January 26th, 2015 and is filed under Blog, Economy, Immigration, Uncategorized
The Rule of Law.
It is what America was founded on. When the first Pilgrims left England, they did so because they faced two options: open revolution or immigrate. On the heels of the English Revolution, they chose immigration and left England.
However, when the British government began attacking freedoms of their descendants in the colonies, revolution was the only option left. There was, in their descendant’s minds, no place else to immigrate to.
Out of this revolution, our nation was formed. Influenced by political theorists like John Locke and his Two Treatises of Government as well as Samuel Rutherford’s Lex Rex (The Law is King), the Founders vision was of an ordered, moral and structured society in which government played a limited and constrained role.
It was never intended to be a panacea used to cure societal ills. It was a necessary evil meant to constrain society and be constrained itself.
Jump forward 200 plus years and you find a completely different government, one that overreaches into virtually ever facet of our lives.
We live in a Nanny State where the ascendancy of individual freedom and choice are being replaced by a utilitarian “greater good.”
We have the Patriot Act, the TSA and NSA. We have 110 million Americans on welfare, a number that brings to mind Alexis de Tocqueville’s statement in Democracy in America:
[Democracy] can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largess from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy.
As we slide into a monitored welfare state, our government daily loses track of visa holders from hostile nations, illegal immigrants entering our country without threat of being sent back to their home country and border checkpoints over 50 miles into our sovereign territory.
Taxation, the spark that lit the fires of America Revolution, has spiraled even further out of control with the abuses of power of the Internal Revenue Service. As the IRS scandal continues to unfold, it’s clear that this is a simple cause and affect that the Founders wished to avoid at all costs. To them, limited government was possible due to low taxes. With limited resources, government could not grow and overreach its bounds. Now we live in an era where if something moves, the government wants to tax it and it has created a massive vehicle for doing so.
Why? A good starting point to answering this question is the de Tocqueville quote above.
The Nanny State is not a creation of the Obama Administration. Both parties are to blame as both have grown government for their own purposes, not that of the American taxpayer.
The equation in this scenario is not Republican versus Democrat, shirts versus skins. It is the American taxpayer versus the Ruling Class in Washington and if we are to beat it, it is going to take continual vigilance and effort to roll back the Nanny State they have put in place.
Wednesday, January 21st, 2015 and is filed under Blog, Immigration
Let’s be very clear on something. When the Republican-controlled United States House of Representatives voted 236-191 to defund President Obama’s executive order giving amnesty to illegal immigrants last week, only a minority of its members did so out of principle.
The remainder, especially the GOP leadership, signaled their votes were not against amnesty. In spite of campaign rhetoric that suggests otherwise, they want it as a payoff for their friends at the Chamber of Commerce. They just don’t want the President stepping on their toes to do so. More importantly, they have to find a way to thread the needle so as to fool (they hope) their conservative base, a base adamantly opposed to amnesty for illegal immigrants.
It was the conundrum of the entire 2014 political cycle for the Establishment. With their friends at the Chamber of Commerce pushing “comprehensive” immigration reform on the Hill in Washington, DC and playing heavily in primaries against conservative candidates, it was clear that the Chamber and Establishment had one objective in mind this election season: to elect a majority of amnesty friendly Republicans.
The trick was getting them past the electorate, which, as we have noted, was accomplished by telling voters what they wanted to hear, not what they were actually going to do.
In fact, the Chamber’s political director, Rob Engstrom, recently took a leave of absence to help Jeb Bush’s Presidential campaign get off the ground, a campaign whose core tenets of amnesty and Common Core are not going to mesh with the conservative base that votes in the primaries (issues that the Chamber proactively spent millions of dollars on last year).
With the House passed bill that stripped funding for amnesty about to be taken up by the Senate, the political gamesmanship has already begun and this is how it will play out.
Any amendments, especially the Aderholdt amendment, that strip funding for amnesty from the Department of Homeland Funding bill will mysteriously disappear in the black hole of principle called the Senate because, “The votes just aren’t there!” and “The President will veto this anyway, so why bother?”
While saying all the right things (as he is known to do), the Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell is currently finding ways to remove the “offending” portions of the House bill to send it back to the House. The messaging will be, “Yes, we may have the House and the Senate, but without the White House, there is only so much we can do. We must avoid a government shutdown!”
Now, if this seems like a Charlie Brown moment for the conservative movement, you would be correct in that assumption. The GOP Establishment promised over and over again this past election cycle, “If you just put us on the field, we’re going to score for you!” Lucy-like, however, they are getting ready to yank the ball away at the last minute and as the conservative movement whiffs and wonders where the ball went, the Establishment will again reiterate to us, “There is nothing we can do right now. Give us two more years to set the stage for taking the White House and THEN we can really get stuff done around here.”
While many cheered the House vote last week, it was simply a show vote. The real vote is going to happen when the Senate sends its version of the House bill (stripped of any and all defunding amendments) back to the House and asks the House to pass it.
This is the vote conservatives need to pay attention to and expect their Members to fight the GOP leadership in both chambers. It is here that we must put the pressure on conservatives in the House to take down the rule.
Friday, December 19th, 2014 and is filed under Blog, Economy, Immigration
If you flipped on the news or scrolled through Twitter, you couldn’t have missed the epic statement made by Sen. Ted Cruz and Sen. Mike Lee this weekend.
At issue? President Obama’s executive amnesty. The two leading conservatives refused to let Obama’s unconstitutional actions venture on their merry way without a fight.
Just today, a federal judge ruled Obama’s actions were unconstitutional. But, of course, Sen. Harry Reid and his liberal friends will admit nothing of the sort. And most of them, as well as many Republicans, were whining all weekend about having to miss Christmas parties at home to work the weekend.
Sorry if the American people can’t muster up an ounce of sympathy for those complaining. Conservatives should be lauding Cruz and Lee for doing everything in their power to make this argument heard.
The lame duck congress is unfortunate for many reasons, but it boils down to this: The American people voted for a drastic change in leadership last month. It’s not okay for the losers to continue carrying out their failed policies — especially when conservatives have the opportunity to speak out.
The $1.1 trillion “CRomnibus” was irresponsible, full of unnecessary spending and plenty of issues unrelated to funding the government. At the end of the year, politicians get lazy — but not Cruz and Lee. They came to Washington for a reason — and it wasn’t to bow down to the status quo so they can make it home for the weekend Christmas party.
As former Senator Jim DeMint wrote: “There is absolutely zero debate within the Republican Party as to whether the President overstepped his constitutional authority or acted improperly.”
So why weren’t they backed by the entirety of the GOP? Now is the time to band together against the lawlessness represented by Obama’s amnesty — not criticize the guys making waves for the Left.
Republicans have a lot to prove in the next two years. With a starting point like this one, many conservatives are worried. But with leaders like Cruz and Lee standing up for the American people, there’s hope the majority will be heard and that valuable, long-term change will soon arise.
Friday, November 28th, 2014 and is filed under Blog, Immigration
It seems that President Obama will do almost anything to secure the legacy he wants — even if that means making the American people dislike him.
His approval rating hasn’t been stellar for years, but he’s now at under 40% and things don’t seem to be moving in a positive direction, according to a Quinnipiac poll.
The recent dip is likely due to the drastic move he just made on immigration. In case you’ve been living under a rock, the President used executive action to implement his own personal immigration reform.
Last night, he was caught on tape admitting that he violated the Constitution, saying, “I just took action to change the law.”
He didn’t have to say it out loud for the truth to be revealed but it certainly solidifies what much of the nation already thinks.
And it’s not just a segment of people — it’s actually a widespread disapproval across party, age and gender. The under-30 Democrat crowd is excluded from that set but otherwise, it’s fair game from every angle.
The downfalls within in Obamacare, botched foreign policy and now, the move to offer amnesty to over 5 million people is taking it’s toll.
According to the Hill, “only 48 percent of American voters now say illegal immigrants should be allowed to stay in the U.S. with a pathway to citizenship — down 9 percentage points from a year ago.”
There has been outcry from legal immigrants who came to the United States and went through the legal immigration process. So many toiled for years to become citizens and now, individuals who broke the law and crossed the border will get that same opportunity at much less a personal cost.
President Obama may achieve his dream of allowing amnesty in America, but the legacy of that will have more consequences than he can imagine.