Using a Republican to reintroduce a pet Democratic immigration bill is a clever ploy. S.1615, the 2017 Dream Act didn’t have much of a chance when it was brought back to life by Senator Lindsey Graham in July 2017. Last week’s unacceptable verdict in the trial of Kate Steinle’s killer makes the Graham Durbin dream bill a tougher sell than ever.
When we talk about immigration policy do we mean law enforcement or amnesty disguised as a comprehensive reform bill? At the moment illegal immigrants are losing their quest for legalization and citizenship. Even the fate of DACA recipients, the sympathetic poster children for reform, is up for grabs until Republicans can decide what to do without angering their base, Democrats, or both.
Immigration policy pits states against feds
Few things showcase the insanity of immigration policies better than state efforts to either crack down or hand the benefits of everything their citizens work for to illegals.
Under Barack Obama state enforcement meant federal lawsuits while liberal states like California and Illinois set their fiscal crises set aside and lured the undocumented with driver’s licenses, resident college tuition and financial aid, and assurances of sanctuary protection from federal law enforcement.
Fairness, justice, and hypocrisy
Immigration reform is no longer about fairness, justice, or America’s history as a nation of immigrants. If it was, we would not be arguing over Kate’s Law and bills to reign in dangerous immigrants. This contentious issue has turned into a debate over opposites: how much can the left dole out to curry favor and how much of the right’s push to close our gates is just?
What is the immigration category about?
In this category you will find posts on border control, amnesty, the failure of our government to enforce immigration laws, and the consequences of telling Americans a sweeping immigration bill will solve our economic woes.
Sometimes no matter what you do, it’s never enough. When the Trump administration announced the October 5, 2017 renewal deadline for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals so DREAMers could get their ducks in a row before the program expired, Democrats worked themselves into a lather. The word got out. America was getting ready to line up fleets of jetliners to start a massive deportation process to remove our youngest and brightest.
It makes sense that a congressman from Chicago, Illinois would want to do everything humanly possible to cut down on the city’s gang problem. I’m not sure how he feels about gangbangers who are citizens, but Rep. Luis Gutierrez is certainly concerned about criminal alien gang members who could be removed if H.R. 3697, the Criminal Alien Gang Member Removal Act, picks up more traction and becomes law:
his [Speaker Ryan’s] priority is feeding red meat to the anti-immigration wing of his party and satisfying them with a big helping of ‘let’s label Latino youth as machete-wielding menaces.’1
That sounds a little inflammatory even for Gutierrez, but when it comes to immigration he has a knack for that.
At the beginning of the summer Attorney General Sessions announced the National Public Safety Partnership as a way to funnel even more federal crime-fighting money to violent cities. The program is a carrot for those that choose to fall in line with Trump administration policies on criminal aliens. Denying federal funds is the stick for places where big city values collide with public safety.
There are no Democratic cosponsors to H.R. 3004, but the House vote that gave approval to Kate’s Law shows that at least 24 Dems are willing to publicly place Americans first and illegal aliens second.
That’s not the case for most of their colleagues. Party politics came first when House Democratic Caucus Chairman Joe Crowley (D-NY) came out against the bill:
Kate’s Law would further criminalize repeated denials of entry into the U.S., making it harder for people coming here on employment visas, for family needs, or even seeking asylum to be treated fairly.