By: Charles Benninghoff
─ LAS VEGAS, NV: March 5th is coming up fast says President Trump in one of his famous tweets, this time directing the nation’s attention to foot-dragging Democrats who espouse burning down America’s borders since illegal alien voters are their only hope for ever regaining control.
The Democrats are on their last legs, broke, unable to raise funds and leaderless unless you call cud-chewing and rattle-brained Nancy Pelosi D-CA a “leader”. Indeed, the Democrat National Committee (DNC) has no money to pay its bills and liabilities to services vendors past the 30-day limit.
The Democrats I predict will not work with America on the DACA issue. Just recall Chuck Schumer’s numerous promises to work with President Trump to solve DACA issues only to fall silent – like a sunken Venezuelan submarine – last year without uttering a meaningful solution since and his House cohort cud-chewing Pelosi is mentally incapable of uttering anything other than “constitutional crisis” because she hasn’t been able to get her way.
“I predict that the DEMS & RINOs will resist the Save America’s Future Act and it will not pass unless Americans of all stripes and colors get behind it and demand that it become law!”
But an influential caucus of conservative Republicans is pushing House Speaker Paul Ryan to hold a vote on an immigration reform bill that has emerged as a White House favorite – and for very good reason.
The 150-member Republican Study Committee (sometimes herein the “RSC”) just announced that it endorses the Securing America’s Future Act, which gives legal status to certain younger illegal immigrants in exchange for a host of tough, America-first and conservative immigration reforms.
Its Chairman, Mark Walker R-NC, stated, “The Securing America’s Future Act is the framework to strengthen border security, increase interior enforcement and resolve the DACA situation. We believe an eventual stand alone floor vote is essential. We oppose any process for a DACA solution that favors a backroom deal with Democrats over regular order in the House.”
Critically, the bill contains provisions on the three concessions demanded by President Donald Trump as part of amnesty for recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program:
- Border wall funding
- Limits on chain migration
- An end to the Diversity Visa Lottery.
The RSC’s steering committee voted to back the bill, co-authored by Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., chairman of the Judiciary Committee, and called for a floor vote in the House.
The RSC’s endorsement puts pressure on Ryan to bring forward a bill that is widely supported by immigration hawks and the White House, but that has little chance of garnering any Democratic votes in the Senate.
It also pushes the House farther from the immigration debate in the upper chamber, where moderate Republicans secured a commitment from the party’s leadership to open floor debate on DACA if a deal is not made in the next government funding bill due Feb. 8.
The Securing America’s Future Act—also authored by Reps. Mike McCaul T-TX, Raul Labrador of R-ID, and Martha McSally R-AZ, goes beyond the Trump administration’s DACA demands. The bill tacks on mandatory e-Verify, punishments for sanctuary cities, tighter asylum standards, and significant cuts to legal immigration levels.
The legislation has been endorsed by groups that favor tighter limits on immigration, such as the Center for Immigration Studies and NumbersUSA.
The bill does not have unanimous support in the House Republican caucus, however. Some moderates have dismissed the proposal because it does not offer a path to citizenship for former DACA recipients, only a renewable legal status that includes work authorization.
Rep. Mark Walker, R-N.C., who leads the Republican Study Committee, says the bill will likely need some modifications to get to a majority of 218 votes. But he said he believes House leadership should use it as a starting point for DACA negotiations.
“The only other things that we have seen out there are pieces of legislation that, though well-intended, may garner 20 or 25 Republican votes here or there,” Walker said Tuesday, according to CNN. “That’s why we believe this is the framework to get things moving.”
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The Week reported, “The Democratic Party is carrying more than $6 million in debt, according to year-end filings — and has just $6.5 million in the bank. Do the math, and the party is working with just over $400,000 overall. Meanwhile, the Republicans are swimming in pools of money. The Republican National Committee had raised $132 million by the end of 2017 — about twice as much as the DNC — and entered 2018 with almost $40 million to spare, with not a penny of debt.” Then, The Week concluded the only way the DNC was staying “in business” was by their deep borrowing even while the leadership of the DNC denied borrowing even a cent.