At what point will the weight of the scandals and bad decisions sink the Obama ship?
Toure, the Junior Race Pimp in Training at MSNBS. He wins the award for this two minutes of inanity
Good Freaking Grief!
James Madison saw the folly of legislation that was too large. His wisdom is being shown to be true. Consider the disaster that Obamacare is becoming. Even some of those who sponsored the bill are now warning us of its unintended consequences. Senator Mike Lee notes that immigration reform, like Obamacare, is being handled in a one-size fits all manner that will not work. It seems Congress cannot restrain itself from attempting grandiose all-encompassing bills that they fantasize will make all our problems go away.
In an op-ed for the Deseret News, Senator Mike Lee (R-UT), who is my favorite member of the Senate (though I also have very high regard for several others such as Rubio, Paul, Cruz and Toomey), suggests that we should learn from the disaster of Obamacare, namely that it was a massive bill that nobody understood (or yet understands), and that it hides as much as it reveals.
He applies this lesson to immigration and says that “Immigration reform needs to happen step-by-step, not all at once.”
From Sen. Lee’s op-ed:
Much like the current bill, the comprehensive immigration reform I envision includes: real border security, visa modernization, employment verification, robust guest worker programs for both high- and low-skilled workers, and a compassionate approach to dealing with those currently in the country illegally. But history teaches that each of these vital components must be addressed incrementally and sequentially in order to ensure meaningful results.
Seems pretty logical doesn’t it? Fix the border FIRST. Carefully come up with plans AFTER the border is secured to address those already here, and the issues of visas, and any guest worker programs that might be implemented. Instead, the Gang of Eight seems hell bent on passing as big a bill as possible, as quickly as possible. And, anyone who dares suggest more prudent approaches, or who suggests that maybe the American people ought to be able to read any proposed legislation is labelled as racist, or anti-immigration. In other words, again, like with Obamacare, we see that our representatives have forgotten where the power lies. They will pass bills, THEN allow us lowly peons to “see what is in it”. They seem far more worried about passing a bill, no matter how bad it may be, as long as they can tie a ribbon around that bill that reads “bipartisan”. Frankly, I do not care if any bill is ever passed just because it is bipartisan. A bad bill is a bad bill. What I do care about is that the bill be constitutional, and that the people support it. Is that really so hard?
Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano does not have the authority to refuse to enforce laws that require illegal immigrants to face deportation, according to the federal judge hearing the Immigration and Customs Enforcement union’s lawsuit against DHS.
“The court finds that DHS does not have discretion to refuse to initiate removal proceedings [when the law requires it],” U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor said today, per Business Week. O’Connor asked DHS and the ICE union to offer additional arguments before he makes a final ruling on the legality of President Obama’s “deferred action on childhood arrivals” (DACA) program, which invoked prosecutorial discretion as a means of allowing people to stay in the country if they would have qualified for amnesty under the DREAM Act, which never passed through Congress.
The judge’s comments come one day after Napolitano scolded the union, during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the Gang of Eight’s immigration bill, for challenging the policy she and Obama have implemented.
“There are tensions with union leadership, unfortunately,” Napolitano told Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., yesterday. “Here’s what I expect as a former prosecutor and attorney general: that is that law enforcement agents will enforce the law in accordance with the guidance they are given [by] their superiors.”
Sessions faulted Napolitano for refusing to meet with the ICE officers’ union. “I have never heard of a situation in which a group of law officers sued their supervisor, and you, for blocking them from following the law,” he said. “They weren’t complaining about pay, benefits, working conditions – they were saying their very oath they took to enforce the law is being blocked by rules and regulations and policies established from on high, and that this is undermining their ability to do what they are sworn to do.”
I have no doubt it will be another disaster. I am not shocked at all that law enforcement is against it
The leader of an Immigrations and Customs Enforcement union on Thursday called on lawmakers to vote down the Gang of Eight’s sweeping immigration proposal, warning that the new legislation would make the country more dangerous if implemented into law.
“This bill will put the public safety at risk without doubt,” ICE agent Chris Crane, the president of the National ICE Council, said during a press conference in the Russell Senate Office Building.
There is no way this is a good bill in my view, the first problem? It is 844 pages long. NO bill ever needs to be anywhere near that long. The ones supporting this bill do not even know everything in it. Any bill that long is bound to be full of waste, pork, and tons of red tape. Second it does not do what any reasonable immigration bill would do. It does NOT secure the border FIRST! Third, it comes from many of the same folks who have not enforced existing law. Finally, anything sponsored by Chuck Schummer is likely not a good idea.
Ed’s two cents worth:
With all due respect, Senator Rubio, why should the American citizenry believe that our federal government – or any liberal state government, for that matter – will actually enforce new immigration laws they disagree with when they aren’t enforcing the ones they object to right now?
As for a secure border fence, we were promised one of those years ago, and it still hasn’t materialized. Tell me, how can the feds be trusted to do the right thing tomorrow when they’ve allowed sanctuary cities to exist – in conspicuous violation of federal law – for so many years?
While elucidating your plan, you mentioned a new commission who’s ultimate administrative authority would be “triggered” into play if the Mexican border remains less than 90% secure after half a decade. Yet the Obama regime tells us that this border is more inviolable today than ever before, despite clear evidence to the contrary.
Suppose the Democrats win the White House in 2016. Are we to just accept the word of another leftist-controlled Department of Homeland Security when it inevitably tells us that the border is suddenly and miraculously more than 90% secure? Do you not believe that such a DHS might lie to us in order to retain its authority in this respect?
Perhaps after the southern security fence we’ve already paid for is actually completed, and government officials and business owners are prosecuted en mass for blatantly defying our laws as pertains to illegal aliens, we can begin to talk about a new set of rules that deal with our remaining immigration problems. Is that not a reasonable proposition?
Whether you believe so or not, Senator, I can only hope you will eventually come to understand that the reason why few conservatives are getting behind your plan isn’t because your ideas are necessarily objectionable. It’s because true right-wingers like me don’t believe that most of your colleagues are honest people who will keep to their word on this issue. In short, we have no reason to think that our federal government will do this time around what it has failed utterly to do in the past, which is faithfully enforce its own immigration laws.
Grab your ankles, because our “representatives” are going to ram an immigration bill through, WITHOUT KNOWING WHAT THE FUCK IS IN THE BILL!
The “Gang of Eight” senators will release their immigration bill on Tuesday, just one day before the only scheduled hearing, according to news reports, bolstering GOP charges that advocates are planning to rush the controversial bill through the Senate before the public knows what is in it.
The bill is to be released April 16, according to a Friday report by The Associated Press.
The next day, before other senators have time to understand what is in the complex bill, Vermont Democratic Sen. Pat Leahy is slated to hold an April 17 hearing with one witness, Homeland Security chief Janet Napolitano.
There is no evidence that Democrats plan to hold additional hearings that would help senators — and Americans — to get testimony from immigration, police and wage experts about the workability and impact of the bill, which reportedly includes more than 1,000 pages.
The Democrats’ blitz has prompted protests and requests for additional hearings from GOP Senators, including Alabama Sen. Jess [ed.- they mean Jeff] Sessions, the ranking chairman of the Senate’s budget committee.
Every Senator in the Gang of
Eight Ass Hats should be forced to resign like the disgraces they are. And do not give me that “but it is a bi-partisan bill” crap either! A bad bill is a bad bill, no matter who votes for it. And yes, any bill that the people cannot have time to read and digest is a bad bill!