So the Gang of Eight has reportedly made a deal. [Emphasis added to quotes.]
Senate Agreement to Bolster Border Security [Note: “Bolster” is not the same as “SECURE” or “CLOSE”. Nor is “strengthen.”]
An agreement to strengthen border security is expected to be announced today around 11:00 AM with broader support, including from the bipartisan “Gang of Eight” senators who drafted the original legislation.
ABC News has confirmed that the Senate “Gang of Eight” along with other senators have reached an agreement to strengthen border security provisions in their bill that they hope will deliver the 70 crucial votes needed for the measure.
According to a high ranking Senate aide, a formal announcement is expected to be introduced on senate floor around 11:00 AM, but no immediate vote is expected. As of now, no press conference on the deal is scheduled either.
A second capitol hill source tells ABC News the agreement will include a major border [sic, intiative?], with a key change being a nearly doubling of border agents, completion of 700 miles of fence, and specific plan for border security–all that must be fully implemented before green cards are available to undocumented.
Attaching the amendment could bring the larger piece of legislation closer to the goal of 70 votes that some members of the Gang of Eight have envisioned.
The gang includes, four Republicans: Marco Rubio (Fla.), John McCain (Ariz.), Lindsey Graham (S.C.), Jeff Flake (Ariz.), [RINOs] and four Democrats: Chuck Schumer (N.Y.), Bob Menendez (N.J.), Michael Bennet (Colo.), and Dick Durbin (Ill.). …
Note the change from “legalization” to “green cards”. There’s a reason for that. Rubio was caught flat-footed when he told a friendly crowd IN SPANISH that legalization is first and nothing’s stopping it:
Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) gave a Spanish-language interview to the Univision network in which he said the following: “Let’s be clear. Nobody is talking about preventing the legalization. The legalization is going to happen. That means the following will happen: First comes the legalization. Then come the measures to secure the border. And then comes the process of permanent residence.”
He got creamed for going back on his previous statements (lies) that BORDER SECURITY comes first. Writer John Hayward continued:
That’s exactly the opposite of what he’s been saying to conservatives ever since the beginning of the comprehensive immigration reform debate. Time and again we’ve heard that border security would be an ironclad prerequisite for amnesty. Rubio has occasionally made noise about walking out on the Gang of Eight immigration bill, if security was not addressed.
No doubt he would explain his very different posture before the Univision audience by stressing the difference between “legalization” and “permanent residence.” The impression he gives conservatives is clearly that fresh waves of illegal immigration will be decisively repelled before we start handing out citizenship to the illegals on the U.S. side of a secure border. The impression he strove to give his Spanish-language audience was the polar opposite: we’ll get that legalization process humming along, putting every illegal on the fabled “pathway to citizenship” immediately. Later we’ll do something or other about the border.
So now they’re changing their terminology from legalization to green cards (aka permanent residence) to make you think that illegal aliens are NOT going to be given amnesty immediately. There is a distinct difference in these terms.
Legalization means allowing the person to stay (like the DREAMers were amnestied illegally by Obama, who allowed them to stay without fear of legal repercussions). Green cards are the granting of permanent residence with an inevitable “path to citizenship.” Once someone gets a green card, 5 years later the person can apply for citizenship.
Legalization or green cards–both are AMNESTY for illegal aliens.
This is an obvious ploy to make people believe that Rubio’s going back to border security first and that nobody’s going to be legalized until the border is secure and 700 miles of wall are built. NOT TRUE.
The “Gang of Eight” wants to fool uninformed, low-information people into believing that illegal aliens are NOT going to be given a pass (aka amnesty) until the border is secure. They want to fool the public into believing that illegal aliens will still be at risk of being caught and deported. That they’ll still be considered to be ILLEGALLY trespassing in our country, taking our jobs, receiving our benefits, until that border is locked down. NOT TRUE.
It’s all a matter of semantics and careful parsing. The illegal aliens will get AMNESTY from day one, if the Gang of Eight’s bill passes.
Do illegal aliens care if they’re U.S. citizens or not? Maybe, maybe not. But what a deal! They will get to stay here, anyway, work here (out of the shadows), take jobs that belong to U.S. citizens and LEGAL immigrants, all without any fear of being caught and deported. Depending upon what loopholes are written into the bill, amnestied illegal aliens may be allowed to collect all of the social welfare benefits that U.S. citizens receive.
Good deal for them. Good deal for the businesses that currently ILLEGALLY hire and EXPLOIT them. Sucks for unemployed U.S. citizens whose jobs these illegal aliens take. Sucks for U.S. taxpayers, who fund the social programs illegal aliens exploit. Sucks for U.S. citizens whose votes are cancelled out when illegal aliens illegally vote in our elections.
The Gang of Eight never planned to hand out green cards on day one, but they’re still going to instantly legalize (allow to stay, give AMNESTY to) all the illegal aliens currently trespassing here and taking jobs (or worse, public benefits, maybe even illegally voting), as soon as that bill is passed.
What will happen next? During the conferences to reconcile the House and Senate bills, they will take out completion of the fence. You can bet on it. Then those who voted earlier for the stricter bills will have political coverage and the more lenient bill will be rammed through. The People stopped amnesty in 2007, so Democrats and RINOs have tried to figure out a way to do an end run around the People this time, with help from the complicit progressive mainstream media.
Finishing a plan for “border security” is meaningless. Doubling the number of border agents? That’s fine for Democrats and RINOs: more public employees, more government spending, more bloated big government, more public employees dependent upon big government (who will vote to maintain the status quo of big government forever), more soldiers for Obama’s civilian army. What’s for a socialist not to like?
It’s not as if these new border agents will do anything. They aren’t currently ALLOWED to enforce the border or deport anyone, anyway. What’s to say they’ll be allowed to after this bill is passed?
The Obama administration doesn’t follow or enforce current laws. Where’s anything in this bill to force this president and future presidents to enforce the laws?
How is the Gang of Eight, but especially Rubio, going to force Obama to obey and enforce THIS new law?
Will the citizens fall for this, or will they see through the scam and “melt the phone lines,” as they did the last time around?
The Democrats and RINOs rammed through Obamacare against the will of the People. Will they manage to ram through AMNESTY with no border security against the will of the People, too?
Time to melt the phone lines.