(National Sentinel) Immigration: Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, provides the latest example of why many conservatives – most, in fact – have come to realize that the Republican Party is, in many respects, just as loathsome as the Democrats.
As reported by Breitbart News, Cornyn just made a half-assed attempt at writing a piece of legislation that supposedly provides funding for President Donald J. Trump’s border wall.
But not really. In fact, if anything, it would provide for about 10 miles of new wall, and that’s about it. Oh, and cover for Obama’s unconstitutional amnesty:
An unpublished border-security bill drafted by Texas Sen. John Cornyn does not curb employers’ ability to hire low-wage illegals, and endorses less than 10 miles of extra border wall, but immigration experts say it may provide political cover for a 2017 amnesty push by Democrats and business groups.
“There are a lot of sound things and necessary things [in the bill], but there are a lot of necessary things that are conspicuously missing … it looks like more of a half-hearted attempt into fooling the public than a step forward in enforcement,” said Jessica Vaughan, the policy director at the Center for Immigration Studies.
“There’s nothing on E-Verify [for verifying the legality of job appliants], there’s nothing on worksite enforcement at all, so I’m a little bit skeptical how much difference it would make” for actually reducing illegal immigration, said Vaughan, who described the bill as “lipstick on a pig.”
“I can’t help but wonder if it is designed to be combined with an amnesty,” Vaughan told Breitbart. “It would be the typical kind of ‘Grand Bargain’ offer of some enforcement with a massive amnesty and possibly other kinds of [foreign worker] visa programs.”
By the way, most immigration enforcement experts believe that E-verify is the one measure the federal government can take that would make the most difference in stopping illegal immigration – outside of the Trump administration’s stepped-up efforts to enforce all immigration laws.
Pro-American immigration reforms, including Vaughan, say illegal immigration can be sharply reduced at very modest cost by mandating all employers verify that each job candidate can legally work in the United States. Currently, many employers voluntarily use the free government-run E-Verify computer site, but it is not mandatory.
Other experts agree that the Cornyn bill is a non-bill when it comes to actually addressing the problem of illegal immigration. In fact, it contains “the same stuff they’ve been peddling for a long time, which doesn’t have any teeth in it,” Ira Melhman, a spokesman at the Federation for American Immigration Reform, told Breitbart.
“This was what they were trying to sell [in 2013] to make the ‘Gang of Eight’ more palatable to the public,” he added.
As noted by Breitbart, Cornyn’s bill would:
allow $20 billion in spending over 4 years, or $5 billion a year, but does not actually appropriate the funds.
endorse the construction of less than 10 miles extra border wall in Texas, plus less than 30 miles of border walls along rivers.
require the government spend funds on high-tech surveillance systems, such as camera-carrying balloons, which are expensive to operate and can be taken down quickly by a future Congress or president.
allow the federal government to compensate state and local governments for policing illegal immigration problems.
include Pennsylvania GOP Sen. Pat Toomey’s bill to punish “sanctuary cities” which use illegal immigrants as workers and consummers.
allow quicker repatriation of migrants who claim to be youths, or so-called “Unaccompanied Alien Children.”
set longer criminal penalties for coyotes who smuggle illegal immigrants, 30-year jail penalties for attacking law-enforcement officers, longer detention of dangerous illegal-immigrants, and deportations for drunk-drivers,
allow agency officials to exclude officials from countries that refuse to accept the repatriation of illegal immigrants, and to remove passports from immigrants who help illegals.
limit judges’ authority to review immigration decisions by the administration, and warns judges they have to minimize their interference in administrations’ immigration policymaking.
So, does the state of Texas, whom Cornyn is supposed to be representing, actually back his vision of immigration enforcement-lite? Well, the legislature just passed and Gov. Greg Abbott signed a bill aimed at thwarting so-called “sanctuary cities” in the state, which have adopted policies that provide cover for illegal aliens while forbidding police to cooperate with federal immigration authorities.
Cornyn may not remember because he’s been a RINO for so long, but our founders originally called for U.S. senators to be elected by state legislatures, so that states would have a voice in Washington, D.C., while House members were to represent the people. The 17th Amendment destroyed that compact.
Nevertheless, Cornyn’s job is to represent his state. And Texas has had it with illegal immigration. So, what’s up with this non-immigration enforcement bill?